“I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.’”

-ANN COULTER, conservative social and political commentator, columnist, author and lawyer, in a tweet.

“This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country. Thousands of current service members are transgender and many have been serving openly, courageously and successfully in the U.S. military for more than a year – not to mention the previous decades when many were forced to serve in silence.” -Lambda Legal Senior Attorney PETER RENN as he filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Trump’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. “President Donald Trump is going to continue to ensure that the rights of the LGBTQ community, as well as all Americans, is protected. This policy is based on a series of national security considerations…” -A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL speaking after the president signed a directive banning transgender military recruits, reported by CNN. “LGBTQ people must stand with all immigrants and communities of color as we fight back against @realDonaldTrump’s dangerous agenda.” -GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), in a tweet.

“I want to talk to you. I want you to prove I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist c*cksucker…”

-A message left by Republican Governor PAUL LePAGE of Maine on the voicemail of his opponent, Democratic Maine Representative Drew Gattine. The Governor, at a press conference a day later, charged that “the enemy” are immigrants of color and Hispanic origin.