A bizarre statement about truth made by Rudy Giuliani to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press about if Trump should testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election takes the top spot in the annual list of the most notable quotations of the year put together by Yale Law School Library Associate Director Fred Shapiro.
1 - “Truth isn’t truth.” — Rudy Giuliani, interview on “Meet the Press,” Aug. 19.
From the AP:
“They are intended to reflect the culture of our time and often it’s quotes that are not admirable but quotes that are silly or negative in some way,” Shapiro said. “In our current world political scene, the United States maybe dominates that kind of quotation.”
Trump personally only made the list once with his "very stable genius" tweet taking the sixth spot, but is referenced directly in Kanye West's proclamation of love for his fellow dragon energy brother, and indirectly by Meghan McCain in her eulogy of her father and by James Comey in a tweet about the country being run by liars.
The second most notable quote of 2018 went to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's proclamation about beer.
2 - “I liked beer. I still like beer.” — Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on his Supreme Court nomination, Sept. 27.
The rest of the 2018 top quotes list:
3 - “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.” — Sanofi drug company, in a tweet responding to Roseanne Barr’s blaming of their product Ambien in explaining a tweet that led ABC to cancel her show, May 30.
4 - “We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.” — Meghan McCain, eulogy for John McCain, Sept. 1.
5 - “We’re children. You guys, like, are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics and get something done.” — David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, in a CNN interview, Feb. 15.
6 - ”(I am) not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!” — President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Jan. 6.
7 - “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone.” — Kanye West, in a tweet, April 25.
8 - “Our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything.” — James Comey, in a tweet, May 23.
9 - “I have just signed your death warrant.” — Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, addressing former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar upon sentencing him to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault, Jan. 24.
10 - “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” — Rep. Maxine Waters, in remarks at a rally in Los Angeles, June 23.
My favorite quote of the year is when Trump defended coal by calling it "indestructible," you know, the stuff that needs to burn to be useful, and made fun of "wind-a-mills."
A couple more:
And, how every press event at the White House ends: "Let's go!!"
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