A look back at 2017 through 12 questions on presidential quotes.
WASHINGTON — The past year overflowed with President Donald Trump. It was so intense, we hope he’ll be more careful in what he says. This short quiz may help to recall why we don’t want another year like 2017.
1. To what audience did Trump say the following: “You all just got a lot richer.”
A. West Virginia coal miners.
B. Wisconsin letter carriers.
C. People who pay $200,000 to join his Mar-a-Lago golf resort and were celebrating the tax bill, which gives the wealthy 83 percent of the benefits.
2. About whom did Trump say there were “very fine people” on both sides, and both were to blame for violence in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed when purposefully rammed by a car?
A. Descendants of Thomas Jefferson.
B. UVA students who wanted a longer summer break.
C. White supremacists and neo-Nazis protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and counter protesters who said it’s wrong to keep honoring the Confederacy and its leader.
3. How did Trump respond a year after NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality?
A. Insisted protesting players should be fired. Fired! And “The games are so boring now that actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!” (Trump lost a bidding war in 2014 to buy the Buffalo Bills.)
B. Said this wouldn’t happen in Russia.
C. Said, “Kaepernick’s my man.”
4. About whom did Trump say “He said very nice things about what I have done for this country in terms of the economy,” and “He was so nice and so everything. But you have to give him credit that what he’s doing for that country in terms of their world prestige is very strong.”
A. Pope Francis.
B. Vladimir Putin.
C. Barack Obama.
5. Trump once said of this man he “is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”
A. Barack Obama.
B. Mike Pence.
C. Frederick Douglass, the famed black abolitionist who died in 1895.
6. The “enemy of the people,” warns Trump, is:
B. The media
7. Trump praised him repeatedly, saying “I am very happy with him” and “he ran a great race” and, giving him a full-throated endorsement, said, he is a “fighter.”
A. Vladimir Putin
B. Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile removed twice from a seat on the Alabama bench.
C. Chuck Schumer.
8. One of Trump’s most cutting remarks about people he does not like is “loser.” About whom did he say that?
A. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
B. Vietnam War hero and GOP Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer.
9. Trump went before this group to say that who “the hell” there wanted to hear about politics and then said: “But do you remember that incredible night with the maps and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red, it was unbelievable, and they didn’t know what to say? Do we remember that date? Was that a beautiful date?” He also called the nation’s capital a “cesspool.”
A. The Boy Scouts at their Jamboree.
B. His Cabinet
C. His voter fraud commission
10. Pulling the United States out of the Climate Accord signed by every other nation in an effort to prevent millions of people from dying from extreme weather, Trump said he was elected to represent the people of this city, not Paris. His administration deleted all mentions of climate change from government websites.
B. New York
11. In a speech to this group, Trump said “When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? You can take the hand away, OK?”
A. NFL players.
B. Taxi drivers
C. Law enforcement officers.
12. Trump said these people “want everything done for them.”
A. NFL players
B. Rich real estate moguls
C. Puerto Ricans, who still don’t have electricity after being hit by two category 5 hurricanes. (Incidentally, Puerto Ricans are American citizens.)
Happy New Year, everyone. Prepare for… more exhaustion.
ANSWERS: 1-C; 2-C; 3-A; 4-B; 5-C; 6-B; 7-B; 8 – trick question— A,B,C; 9-A; 10-C. 11-C. 12-C.