"I think the nation needs to realize that when we tell you to do something, do it."

-Jeffrey Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, interviewed on MSNBC about the police killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice, December 15

"I regret that I was unaware that the phrase/hashtag 'all lives matter' has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people."

-email from Smith College President Kathleen McCartney apologizing for saying that "all lives matter," December 2

"I admire Hillary [Clinton], she'd be a great president, but you know, she isn't my first choice I guess."

-Jennifer Herrington, chair of the Page County Democrats in southwest Iowa, The Wall Street Journal, January 5

"Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism."

-tweet from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) responding to Rubio's objections to normalizing relations with Cuba, December 19