The Week in Quotes (Oct. 15 – 21)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

President Donald Trump

“When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, ‘Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!'”


White Nationalist Richard Spencer, responding to a Newsweek reporter’s question on whether he would like to return to a time in which women weren’t allowed to vote.

“I’m not terribly excited about voting in general. I think that mass democracy is a bit of a joke to be honest.”


Virginia Republican Del. Robert G. Marshall, after the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank displayed the pride flag during pride month.

“I do not believe that a celebration of ‘gay pride’ has anything to do with the mission of the Federal Reserve under the Federal Reserve Act passed by Congress. This is a celebration of a behavior that is still a class six felony in Virginia. How can the American people trust the judgement of the Federal Reserve as an institution when its spokesperson celebrates an attack on public morals?”


Former President George W. Bush steps away from his silent, complacent party members to ring the alarm.

“Bigotry seems emboldened and our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself is on the wane, especially among the young…We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty … We have seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgetting the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”