Over our hundreds of years of presidential campaigns, many memorable statements have been uttered by presidents running for re-election, by future presidents, and by losing candidates. Some have been made on the campaign trail, some specifically for the tv camera, some during debates, and some best remembered by their inclusion in historical speeches. The current campaign has been replete with memorable statements from numerous candidates, but the vast majority of such memorable utterances are so memorable due to their inherent stupidity and idiocy. And, most of those have come from gop candidates such as marco rubio, jeb bush, ben carson, carly fiorina, ted cruz and
In other times, we have had memorable statements that were actually so memorable due to their elegance or due to their insight into real issues. Sometimes in the past we have had quotes become memorable due to the humorous nature and how they reflect the intelligence, or lack of same, of the speaker, and sometimes they become memorable because they do that without the humor.
Those last two categories are most vividly exemplified by statements from Rick Perry, who unable to remember a simple list of three cabinet departments he would close down, famously said “Sorry. Oops”, and by Pres. Gerald Ford, running for re-election in 1976, when he stated for all to hear, that “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe”.
At the other end of the spectrum were the words of Pres. John F. Kennedy, who in his phenomenal acceptance speech at the 1960 Democratic National Convention repeated
But, in this 2016 campaign, where we have had candidates say that the Egyptian pyramids were actually bins for storing grain, where we have had a candidate speak endlessly of building a massive wall to cut us off from our southern neighbors, where we have had candidates talk about viewing vile videos of horrendous events that never, ever occurred, this week the most memorable words of the campaign were uttered, words that will go down in history as the low point of a gop presidential campaign that has scratched across the garbage bins of America searching for new lows in civility, decorum and obscenity, words that should be on the tombstone of the person who spoke them, regardless of anything he may ever say in the future.
These words were spoken by ted cruz, referring to donald trump, and if you missed this statement and don’t believe it, listen to and watch the video:
“Donald Trump may be a rat but I have no desire to copulate him”
The words for which cruz should forever be remembered.