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Quotes from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus

Matt Taibbi ·  352 pages

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“The man who once famously pronounced “I know words, I have the best words” scorched through the primaries using the vocabulary of a signing gorilla (“China—money—bad!”).”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“It will go down someday as the greatest reality show ever conceived. The concept is ingenious. Take a combustible mix of the most depraved and filterless half-wits, scam artists and asylum Napoleons America has to offer, give them all piles of money and tell them to run for president. Add Donald Trump. And to give the whole thing a perverse gravitas, make the presidency really at stake. It’s Western civilization’s very own car wreck. Even if you don’t want to watch it, you will. It’s that awesome of a spectacle. But”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“How Giuliani is not Trump's running mate no one will ever understand. Theirs is the most passionate love story since Beavis and Butthead.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Win or lose, Trump’s campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid S”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Why there’s suddenly this surge of hatred for immigrants is sort of a mystery. Why Donald Trump, who’s probably never even interacted with an undocumented immigrant in a non-commercial capacity, in particular should care so much about this issue is even more obscure. (Did he trip over an immigrant on his way to the Cincinnati housing development his father gave him as a young man?) Most”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“America has been trending stupid for a long time. Now the stupid wants out of its cage, and Trump is urging it on.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“The Republicans already lost virtually the entire black vote (scoring just 4 percent and 6 percent of black voters the last two elections). Now, by pushing toward the nomination a candidate whose brilliant plan to “make America great again” is to build a giant wall to keep out Mexican rapists, they’re headed the same route with Hispanics. That’s a steep fall for a party that won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote as recently as 2004. Trump”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“In the elaborate con that is American electoral politics, the Republican voter has long been the easiest mark in the game, the biggest dope in the room. Everyone inside the Beltway knows this. The Republican voters themselves are the only ones who never saw it. Elections are about a lot of things, but at the highest level, they’re about money. The people who sponsor election campaigns, who pay the hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the candidates’ charter jets and TV ads and 25-piece marching bands, those people have concrete needs. They want tax breaks, federal contracts, regulatory relief, cheap financing, free security for shipping lanes, antitrust waivers and dozens of other things. They mostly don’t care about abortion or gay marriage or school vouchers or any of the social issues the rest of us spend our time arguing about. It’s about money for them, and as far as that goes, the CEO class has had a brilliantly winning electoral strategy for a generation. They donate heavily to both parties, essentially hiring two different sets of politicians to market their needs to the population. The Republicans give them everything that they want, while the Democrats only give them mostly everything. They get everything from the Republicans because you don’t have to make a single concession to a Republican voter. All you have to do to secure a Republican vote is show lots of pictures of gay people kissing or black kids with their pants pulled down or Mexican babies at an emergency room. Then you push forward some dingbat like Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin to reassure everyone that the Republican Party knows who the real Americans are. Call it the “Rove 1-2.” That’s literally all it’s taken to secure decades of Republican votes, a few patriotic words and a little over-the-pants rubbing. Policywise, a typical Republican voter never even asks a politician to go to second base. While we always got free trade agreements and wars and bailouts and mass deregulation of industry and lots of other stuff the donors definitely wanted, we didn’t get Roe v. Wade overturned or prayer in schools or balanced budgets or censorship of movies and video games or any of a dozen other things Republican voters said they wanted.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“The party worked the cattle in their pen into such a dither that now they won’t rest until they get the giant wall that real-life, as-seen-on-TV billionaire Donald Trump promises will save them from all those measles-infected rapists pouring over the border. Not”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Meanwhile the pessimism of Trump’s revolution is intentional, impassioned, ascendant. They placed a huge bet on America’s worst instincts, and won. And the first order of business will be to wipe out a national idea in which they never believed. Welcome to the end of the dream.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Sixty million people were announcing that they preferred one reality to another. Inherent in this decision was the revolutionary idea that you can choose your own set of facts. Blue-state”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“It was also the content. Trump sold hate, violence, xenophobia, racism, and ignorance, which oddly enough had long been permissible zones of exploration for American television entertainment. And the news media was becoming more and more indistinguishable from entertainment media. Meanwhile,”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“The final insult to all of this is that when Trump secured the nomination, media companies looked down at their bottom lines and realized that, via the profits they made during his run—Trump is “good for business,” CBS president Les Moonves infamously confessed—they had been made accomplices to the whole affair. —”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Donald Trump, a man whose idea of policy is a big wall, was the Republican front-runner for months, and ceded the lead to a man who wants to fight immigrants with drones. This whole thing is a joke.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Donald Trump, if elected, would find a way to turn being the president into a moneymaking operation. Sanders”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“in less than a year Trump has succeeded in turning the USA into a massive high school—the candidate beams. What”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Even in his books, where he’s allegedly trying to string multiple thoughts together, Trump wanders randomly from impulse to impulse, seemingly without rhyme or reason. He doesn’t think anything through. (He’s brilliantly cast this driving-blind trait as “not being politically correct.”) It”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Lots of people have remarked on the irony of this absurd caricature of a spoiled rich kid connecting so well with working-class America. But Trump does have something very much in common with everybody else. He watches TV. That’s his primary experience with reality, and just like most of his voters, he doesn’t realize that it’s a distorted picture. If”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Duck Dynasty viewers think they're the experts on hunting, but actually they're the hunted ones, just another dumb demographic to be captured, laughed at and force-fed commercials for Geico and Home Depot by the Smart People in New York and L.A.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“In the modern Republican Party, making sense is a secondary consideration. Years of relentless propaganda combined with extreme frustration over the disastrous Bush years and two terms of a Kenyan Muslim terrorist president have cast the party’s right wing into a swirling suckhole of paranoia and conspiratorial craziness. There is nothing you can do to go too far, a fact proved, if not exactly understood, by the madman, Trump. Huckabee”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“The only candidate to really escape Trump’s wrath has been Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and that’s because Cruz has spent the entire political season nuzzling Trump’s ankles, praising the Donald like a lovesick cellmate. The Texas senator, whose rhetorical schtick is big doses of Tea Party crazy (his best line was that Obama wanted to bring “expanded Medicaid” to ISIS)”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Trump has blown up even the backroom version of the issues-driven campaign. There are no secret donors that we know of. Trump himself appears to be the largest financial backer of the Trump campaign. A financial report disclosed that Trump lent his own campaign $1.8 million while raising just $100,000. There”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting call.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“He steps to the lectern and does his Mussolini routine, which he’s perfected over the past months. It’s a nodding wave, a grin, a half-sneer, and a little U.S. Open–style applause back in the direction of the audience, his face the whole time a mask of pure self-satisfaction. “This is unbelievable, unbelievable!” he says, staring out at a crowd of about 4,000 whooping New Englanders with snow hats, fleece and beer guts. There’s a snowstorm outside and cars are flying off the road, but it’s a packed house.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“The irony, of course, is that when America finally wrested control of the political process from the backroom oligarchs, the very first place where we spent our newfound freedom and power was on the campaign of the world’s most unapologetic asshole. It may not seem funny now, because it’s happening to us, but centuries from this moment, people will laugh in wonder. America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting call.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Sanders is a clear outlier in a generation that has forgotten what it means to be a public servant. The Times remarks upon his “grumpy demeanor.” But Bernie is grumpy because he’s thinking about vets who need surgeries, guest workers who’ve had their wages ripped off, kids without access to dentists or some other godforsaken problem that most of us normal people can care about for maybe a few minutes on a good day, but Bernie worries about more or less all the time.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“We rejoiced in the idea that reality was not an absolute but a choice, something we select to fit our own conception not of the world but of ourselves. We are Christians, therefore all world events have a Christian explanation. We hate George Bush, therefore Bush is the cause of it all. And”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“reduced after that episode to admitting, “I’m”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“It may not seem funny now, because it’s happening to us, but centuries from this moment, people will laugh in wonder.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


“Elections, like criminal trials, are ultimately always about assigning blame.”
― Matt Taibbi, quote from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


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Matt Taibbi
Born date March 1, 1970
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