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Quotables

“You better not botch this recount. Your life depends on it.”

A text Georgia Secretary of State BRAD RAFFENSPERGER, a Republican, said he received during the state’s hand recount of votes in the presidential election. He reported the threat—one of several—to state authorities. “Other than getting you angry, it’s also very disillusioning,” he said. 

“Have you seen me on a stage saying, ‘Under the exceptional leadership of blah-blah-blah, we have blah-blah-blah-blah?’”

Former Defense Secretary MARK ESPER, whom President Donald Trump fired on Nov. 9, responding to critiques that he was a “yes man” for the president during his 16-month tenure.

“That will be gone in the first week.”

March for Life Action’s TOM McCLUSKY on the Mexico City Policy, which he expects presumptive President-elect Joe Biden to repeal immediately upon taking office. The policy prohibits U.S. foreign aid from paying for abortions overseas. 

“As a parent, I feel that I have no right to even give advice.”

Canadian mother “A.M.” on a British Columbia law that allows minors to obtain surgery without parental consent. Her 17-year-old daughter is transgender and is seeking a double mastectomy. A.M. has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to halt the surgery. 

“They killed anyone who said they were Tigrayan.”

A 52-year-old refugee woman named BARHAT who fled Ethiopian government forces that were fighting minority Tigrayan rebels in the country’s north in November. Around 30,000 Ethiopians have fled into Sudan to escape the region’s conflict.