* “We are very much confused. Therefore, we think that now the American government has moved from ‘strategic patience’ to ‘strategic confusion.'”–Moon Jung In, policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae In.
* “There’s no military solution (to North Korea’s military threats), forget it.”–Steve Bannon, in his controversial interview with American Prospect magazine.
* “All my life I’ve heard that decision are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.”–President Donald Trump in his Afghanistan strategy.
* “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over. … That presidency is over.”–Steve Bannon.
* “We cannot pretend that the ugly bigotry unleashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Va., has nothing to do with the election of Donald Trump.”–Michael Eric Dyson, author of “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”
* “The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced.”–Donald Trump on the issue of confederate statue and monument removal.
* “What about the ‘alt-left’? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”–Donald Trump.
* “Think before you speak.”–Advice to Trump from Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Charlottesville.
* “Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate.”–Mitt Romney, on impact of Trump’s words and actions.
* “Trump hasn’t been exercising the duties of his office. He’s been excising them, one by one. The moral forfeiture of the past week was the capper.”–Frank Bruni, New York Times.
* “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.”–Excerpt from the letter from the members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, announcing their resignations.
* “These executives cannot live with customers thinking they are in cahoots with someone who supports white supremacists or neo-Nazis.”–Goldman Sachs board member Bill George on why CEOs are publicly condemning Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville.
* “Six months into the new administration, the movement to “Make America Great Again” appears to be little more than a re-mastering of Jim Crow Culture’s greatest hits: Negrophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and Ku Kluxism.”–Ray Arsenault, professor of Southern History at USF St. Petersburg.
* “Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt”–Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist, who died last Saturday.
* “Don’t waste time trying to talk Trump’s fans out of supporting him. Convince those who didn’t care enough to vote to get involved.”–Mark Cuban.
* “Resign.”–Al Gore’s advice to Donald Trump.
* “The seeds of many of the troubles that beset us today–alienation, resentment and cynicism; mistrust of our government and each other; breakdown of civil discourse and civic institutions–were sown during the Vietnam War.”–Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest documentary is ‘The Vietnam War,’ a 10-part series beginning next month on PBS.
* “We are not the gate-crashers of today’s Democratic Party. We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party.”–Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
* “Everyone knows the partisan affiliation of the candidates, but it is illegal to conduct partisan local elections. Stop making both citizens and candidates pretend that local elections are nonpartisan.”–Darryl Paulson, former political science professor at USF St. Petersburg, who’s an advocate for Florida law being changed to allow partisan city elections.
* “It is my goal to make it harder for politicians to raise taxes on Florida families and businesses, and that can be achieved with an amendment to our state’s Constitution.”–Gov. Rick Scott, in announcing that he wants to require a new “supermajority” vote by the state legislature for tax hikes.
* “This achievement is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts of our public and private sector leaders to make Tampa and Hillsborough county the most desirable place in the nation to build, relocate or expand a business.”–Craig Richard, CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., on news that Tampa Bay led the state in over-the-year job creation–with 40,800 jobs added since July 2016.
* “No one’s trying to erase history. History cannot be erased. But we need to get rid of monuments that are painful to the community.”–Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller.
* “The paradigm for stadium financing continues to include increased team participation.”–Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.
* “The market has swung in our favor. We hope to have letters of intent very soon.”–LeRoy Moore, COO of the Tampa Housing Authority, indicating that a deal is close to bring a well-known grocer to its Encore project.