‘He Chose to Drive Hundreds of Miles to Hunt Down Mexicans Like Me' and Other Quotes This Week

“He could have done this at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. But no, he chose to drive hundreds of miles to hunt down Mexicans like me.” — Ana Trujillo, who was praying at the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for the victims of the El Paso shooting. (Monday, Dallas Morning News)“This has impact beyond the first generation, the immigrant generation. It reverberates. It doesn’t have to be you who crossed the border. It just has to be you who are not Anglo.” — G. Cristina Mora, a sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley (Tuesday, New York Times)“There is a striking resemblance between jihadists and white supremacists, and it goes way beyond just utilizing social media in order to spread ideology. This is becoming a global network in so many different ways, just like we’ve seen with the jihadis before them.” — Ali Soufan, a former FBI special agent and the author of “Anatomy of Terror.” (Monday, New York Times)“I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit. I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.” — Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, on her response to an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump. (Tuesday, Twitter)“These disgusting mass shootings have been following a pattern ever since Columbine. Sick and lonely men have decided this is how they will vent their frustration. The solutions aren’t obvious, even if we pretend they are. But we must try. Let’s start with the TAPS [Threat Assessment, Prevention and Safety] Act. Maybe also implement state red flag laws, or gun violence restraining orders. Stop them before they can hurt someone.” — Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston (Sunday, Twitter)“The situation we’re all living in now, everybody looks for a little bit of distraction in some way, shape or form ... But it would be a lot better if the people in power got off their asses and got something done.” — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after multiple mass shootings. (Tuesday, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)“Legit question for rural Americans — How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” — @WillieMcNabb, Husband/Father/Christian/Libertarian/@WCU Alum/& Fan of Pearl Jam & Red Sox; El Dorado, Ark., responding to a discussion on whether people need assault weapons. (Sunday, Twitter)"I said terrible things that are embarrassing to the members." — Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, about a meeting with Michael Quinn Sullivan, head of far-right group Empower Texans, who claims they discussed a deal to target some Republicans. Sullivan secretly recorded the meeting and threatened to release the recording; Bonnen denies any deal and urged him to do so, but other Republicans have advised against making the recording public. (Thursday, Dallas Morning News)“I want the family to know and feel that the vast, vast majority of people don’t think that way. I want them to feel 100 percent welcomed by their community and the Rangers’ community.” — Dallas lawyer Ron Chapman, who gave some of his Rangers season tickets to Jessica Romero and Ramon Romero, who posted on Facebook photos of a man harassing them and making racist comments at a Rangers game. (Tuesday, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)  Continue reading...

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