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Jaden Schwartz (Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire/AP)

‘It’s fun getting chirped by the president.’

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz on the Stanley Cup champions’ visit to the White House. Schwartz playfully challenged President Trump to a round of golf after Trump mistakenly called him “Jason.” In hockey terminology, to chirp is to make fun of, joke around with, or talk trash.




Mike Rowe (Handout)

‘In the end you’ve got millionaires arguing with millionaires over who hates the millionaires the most.’

TV host Mike Rowe on the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate.




Mark Gianconia (Facebook)

‘I trusted them with my life. I fought with these guys and watched them die for us.’

Mark Giaconia, a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, on the Kurds alongside whom he fought in Iraq. He called President Trump’s removal of American forces from the Syrian border with Turkey, allowing Turkey to move against the Kurds, “a violation of trust.”



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Ben Sasse (Nati Harnik/AP)

‘Congressman Schiff is running a partisan clown show in the House —[but] that’s his right because the Constitution doesn’t prohibit clown shows.’

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on closed-door impeachment hearings headed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.


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George W. Bush and Ellen DeGeneres (Kevin Terrell/AP)

‘When I say, “Be kind to one another,” I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.’

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who is in a same-sex marriage, defending her friendship with former President George W. Bush after the two sat together at a Dallas Cowboys football game.