Back by popular demand, another reader-participation, issue-illumination, voter-edification test.
Name who said or wrote (answers to follow):
1) “Donald Trump — a ludicrous figure, but at least he’s lived it up a bit in the real world and at least he’s worked out how to cover 90 percent of his skull with 30 percent of his hair.”
2) “Indifferent to truth, willing to use police-state tactics and vulgar libels against inconvenient witnesses, hopeless on health care, and flippant and fast and loose with national security: the case against Hillary Clinton for president is open-and-shut.”
3) “Hillary Clinton. She’ll say anything, and change nothing. It’s time to turn the page.”
4) “Donald Trump is everything we teach our kids not to do in kindergarten. We have seen behavior over and over again that is just unacceptable.”
5) “If Donald Trump can’t take a stand against the KKK, we cannot trust him to stand up for America against Putin, Iran or ISIS.”
6) “It will be one massive brutal campaign, and we will need a candidate who can wade into that, like Trump.”
7) ”I have great respect for the will of the people, and as I have always said, I will support the Republican nominee for president,”
8) Asked about possibly supporting Trump: “Oh yeah. ... The country is better off having a Republican in the White House than having a Democrat in the White House. I’m certain that the center-right construct is better for our country than the far liberal left that we have to contend with.”
9) “This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy. ... If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
10) “There has never been any man or woman more qualified (than Hillary Clinton) for this office.”
11) “While the FBI has made their decision, it won’t change the fact that Secretary Clinton flouted oversight and transparency norms by using a private email server. The FBI was rightfully harsh in their assessment of her actions. Now the American people will have the final say in this matter.”
12) “Somebody asked about, you know, (U.S. Constitution) Article I powers and what would you do to protect them and you know, I think his response was ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII — go down the list.’ As we both know there is no Article XII. ... What we’re left with is a Faustian choice between malfeasance and very callous disregard for details.”
1) The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote that in the Jan. 6, 2000, London Review of Books, amid speculation about celebrity presidential candidates.
2) Hitchens wrote that in an essay posted on slate.com on Jan. 14, 2008, when Mrs. Clinton was still favored to win that year’s Democratic nomination.
3) An unseen announcer said that during an Obama campaign TV (and radio) commercial during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
4) Gov. Nikki Haley said that on Feb. 27, 2016, on ABC.
5) Sen. Tim Scott said that in a statement issued on Feb. 27.
6) Lt. Gov. “The Henry” McMaster, an early endorser of “The Donald,” said that to me on March 10 as part of a pro-Trump pitch exclusively quoted in my March 12 column.
7) Haley said that to The Post and Courier on May 4.
8) Scott said that to Politico on May 10.
9) Sen. Lindsey Graham, decrying Trump’s charge of bias by a “Mexican” judge born in Indiana, said that to The New York Times on June 6.
10) President Barack Obama said that at a Charlotte campaign rally where he shared the stage with Mrs. Clinton on July 5.
11) Graham said that in a statement released on July 5. He also has said he will vote for neither Trump nor Clinton.
12) First District Rep. Mark Sanford said that on CNN last Friday, a day after he and fellow GOP House members met with Trump.
So as you seek the right answer for how to vote, and not just for president, keep this maxim in mind:
The challenge isn’t just whom to believe — including Bernie Sanders.
It’s when to believe them.
Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is email@example.com.