The unique perspective and provocative opinions of Joe O’Neill
“We will win anyway, even with the phony @FoxNews suppression polls.”—Donald Trump.
“With their attempts at coercion, they’ve politicized school reopening just as Trump politicized mask-wearing and hydroxychloroquine.”—Michelle Goldberg, New YorkTimes.
“While thousands of Americans die alone, Donald touts stock market gains. … If he can in any way profit from your death, he’ll facilitate it, and then he’ll ignore the fact that you died.”—Mary L. Trump, author of “Too Much and Never Enough.”
“I personally think that the Republican brand is probably destroyed. It’s destroyed by it having become essentially a personality cult.”—George Conway, Lincoln Project co-founder.
“It used to be that anything past 270 electoral votes was useless because it doesn’t matter how far you run past the goal line in football. But for the first time in American history, there’s a legitimate concern that the incumbent president will not surrender power.”—Democratic strategist Paul Begala.
“It’s a judgment of the depths of Americans’ gullibility.”—Frank Bruni,New YorkTimes, on the 2020 election.
“Leftist movements today see our crises as intersectional. Police violence, global warming and unaffordable housing are not disconnected, discrete problems; instead, they emerge from colonialism and capitalism.”—Ohio State University law professor AmnaA. Akbar.
“In front of reporters, Rep. Yoho called me, and I quote, a ‘f***ing bitch.’”—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. in denouncing Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fl.
“Investing is the only business where, when things are on sale, people run out of the store.”—Meb Faber, co-founder of Cambria Investment Management.
“Lengthy and potential permanent requirements that individuals wear face masks in many or even all public spaces create the very real risk of increases in bank robberies.”—Brian P. Brooks, acting Comptroller of the Currency.
“Florida taxpayers are not going to pay for New York’s expenses.”—Sen. Rick Scott, in voicing his disagreement about the federal government’s new virus aid package to “bail out” cash-strapped states.
“I’m glad Donald Trump took his head out of the sand long enough to realize what a predictable, preventable disaster he was about to inflict on the city of Jacksonville.”—Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Democratic Party Florida.
“It was obviously shocking news … but I think the president acted in a selfless way.”—State Sen. Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
“There’s no question that this convention not taking place is a missed opportunity, particularly for those who are rising stars in the Republican Party.”—Matt Terrill, former chief of staff on Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“It is often asked whether it is safe to return kids to school. It should also be asked, how safe is it to keep schools closed?”—Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“DeSantis and his administration are barreling ahead in search of herd immunity, where the weak of the herd are lost so that the rest of the herd can continue on.”—Florida State Sen. Janet Cruz.
“I think most faculty feel confident that decisions being made are based on data and science. That’s something received well by people in a university setting.”—USF Faculty Senate president Timothy Boaz.
“The big issue here was: Can we take money for paying for things that are nice to have to pay for things we desperately need.”—Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson, in unsuccessfully proposing the end of the Channel District Community Redevelopment Area.