Other Things Trent Lott May or May Not Regret Saying
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Senate Republican leader Trent Lott of Mississippi has provoked criticism by saying the United States would have been better off if then-segregationist candidate Strom Thurmond had won the presidency in 1948. Speaking Thursday at a 100th birthday party and retirement celebration for Sen. Thurmond (R-S.C.) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Lott said, 'I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either." --By Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post Staff Writer.
Senator Lott has issued an apology for suggesting that Strom Thurmond's segregationist policies would have saved the country from a lot of "problems". Lott has a history of making controversial statements. One wonders if he has ever considered apologizing for other things he's said in the past. Here then are a few statements that he's made which he may or may not regret saying.
On welfare reform:
"Children from broken homes are more likely to have academic problems, become drop-outs or become pregnant outside of marriage. We must continue working toward replacing welfare dependency with stable two-parent, married families."
On the Pledge of Allegiance being declared unconstitutional:
"This silly and stupid ruling will not stand. Either it will be overturned by a higher and more sober court or the American people through their Congress, will take whatever steps are necessary to set things straight."
On a colleague (Rep. Jim McDermott) being in Iraq attempting to avert a war:
"For him to be in Baghdad, the center of one of the most dangerous dictators in the world, with all kinds of weapons of mass destruction, to be questioning the veracity of our own American president, is the height of irresponsible...He needs to come home and keep his mouth shut."
"You should still love that person. You should not try to mistreat them or treat them as outcasts. You should try to show them a way to deal with that problem, just like alcohol...or sex addiction...or kleptomaniacs."
"Beta will eventually outlive VHS."
"In the near future jazz fusion will dominate the pop charts."
"I love waffles. They make pancakes look like white trash on garbage day."
"For my money there is no MC with better skillz than Gerardo."
On the film work of Jim Varney:
"He touched me in a way that no other actor has or ever will."
"I can't explain it, but manatees give me an erection something fierce."
On Kim Fields, "Tootie" from TVs "The Facts of Life:"
"Girl, U got an ass like I never seen. And the ride... I say the ride is so smooth U must be a limousine."
On the Masters of Illusion Siegfried and Roy:
"I want to say this about my state: When Siegfried and Roy ran for president, we voted for them. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."
Christopher Monks is politically savvy.