It’s been an interesting year in American politics. President Donald Trump swept into office, fired the FBI director, insulted the “fake” media, picked Twitter fights with athletes, tweeted random “covfefe” thoughts … and the stock market boomed, the economy surged, and ISIS retreated. The GOP failed to repeal Obamacare, but were successful in tax reform. And lawmakers quickly found they were not immune to the day of reckoning for sexual harassment in society. Here’s a look back at a few of the strangest quotes from this political year.
10. “I congratulated Trump and offered to do anything I could to make sure the transition was smooth … It was all perfectly nice and weirdly ordinary, like calling a neighbor to say you can’t make it to his barbecue.”
— Hillary Clinton, recalling her post-election phone call to Donald Trump in her 2017 memoir, What Happened.
9. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”
— President Trump, in a very unpresidential tweet about a foreign leader … although the North Korean dictator will hate the U.S. no matter what Trump says.
8. “It is the end of the world. The debate on health care is life/death. This is Armageddon.”
— Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi, dramatically alluding to the part of the tax reform bill that repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate.
7. “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech. Now it’s just the cradle for f***ing babies. …”
— Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, after UC-Berkeley canceled a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter.
6. “I am a nasty woman. Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetoh dust.”
— Actress Ashley Judd, reading an R-rated poem at the Women’s March on Washington. Judd’s reading of the anti-Trump poem predictably drew intense praise and ridicule from opposite sides of the political spectrum.
5. “If you hold down the woman while the rapist is raping her, and you didn’t rape her, are you a rapist? Let’s cut the BS and start speaking honestly.”
— Filmmaker Michael Moore, with a terrible analogy comparing Trump supporters to rapists, in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
4. “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
— Former FBI Director James Comey posted this Biblical quote (Amos 5:24) on social media Dec. 1 after former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. President Trump had fired Comey earlier in the year.
3. “Reince is a f****** paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac…‘Let me leak the f****** thing and see if I can c***-block these people the way I c***-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’”
— Anthony Scaramucci, in a bizarre, rambling July interview in The New Yorker, on then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci served only 10 days as White House communications director before being fired.
2. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood. (But) Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.”
— President Trump’s then-senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, on NBC’s Meet the Press, explaining White House attempts to portray the audience size at his inauguration as the largest in history. Host Chuck Todd responded by saying, “Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods.”
1. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
— Trump’s unintentional use of “covfefe” in a late-night tweet spawned countless memes, T-shirts, and led many to question just how a nonsensical word could like that could slip out. Trump deleted the tweet, then followed up by asking, “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!”