‘Truth isn’t truth’ tops list of notable quotes in 2018

Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 1, 2018. The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by Giuliani, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. | Associated Press file photo by Charles Krupa, St. George News

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The assertion that “truth isn’t truth,” made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian’s annual update to a list of the most notable quotes of 2018.

Rudy Giuliani’s statement came in an August interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when he told host Chuck Todd that Trump might “get trapped into perjury” if he were interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

When Todd replied: “Truth is truth,” Giuliani responded: “No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth.”

Giuliani later explained he was trying to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with Mueller’s team wouldn’t accomplish much because of the conflicting nature of witnesses’ recollections.

The list assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the library, is an annual update to “The Yale Book of Quotations,” which was first published in 2006. Unlike some past updates, this year’s list happens to feature quotes only from Americans.

“They are intended to reflect the culture of our time and often it’s quotes that are not admirable but quotes that are silly or negative in some way,” Shapiro said. “In our current world political scene, the United States maybe dominates that kind of quotation.”

The list

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.. Kavanaugh’s statement during his testimony, “I liked beer. I still like beer.” is No. 2 on a Yale Law School librarian’s list of the most notable quotes of 2018. | Associated Press file photo by Andrew Harnik, Pool, St. George News

“Truth isn’t truth.” – Rudy Giuliani, interview on “Meet the Press,” Aug. 19.

“I liked beer. I still like beer.” – Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on his Supreme Court nomination, Sept. 27.

“While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.” – Sanofi drug company, in a tweet responding to Roseanne Barr’s blaming of their product Ambien in explaining a tweet that led ABC to cancel her show, May 30.

“We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.” – Meghan McCain, eulogy for John McCain, Sept. 1.

“We’re children. You guys, like, are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics and get something done.” – David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, in a CNN interview, Feb. 15.

“(I am) not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!” – President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Jan. 6.

“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone.” – Kanye West, in a tweet, April 25.

“Our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything.” – James Comey, in a tweet, May 23.

“I have just signed your death warrant.” – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, addressing former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar upon sentencing him to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault, Jan. 24.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” – Rep. Maxine Waters, in remarks at a rally in Los Angeles, June 23.

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  • sheepobserver December 12, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I see this one as being a great quote for next year.

    “Crime?, crime isn’t crime.”

  • Carpe Diem December 12, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Well OK then. Trying to muddy the waters, now that the Clinton Crime Cabal is starting to face the music? ?

    • iceplant December 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Please tell us all about this so-called music they’re facing. This ought to be a hoot!

      • Carpe Diem December 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

        Google can be your friend!

        THE CLINTONS // Published 5 days ago

        “Three people have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, including misappropriation of funds and allegations of quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday.”

        • bikeandfish December 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm

          So can follow up reporting, which isn’t to be found. Might be putting the cart before the horse. The hearing this week should reveal the legitimacy of the Congressman’s claims. If there is real weight to the story we’ll know soon enough.

        • Red2Blue310 December 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm

          With Micheal Cohen facing 3 years, AMI CEO and Trump Org accountantant caving in on Trumps lies, you have bigger fish to fry than Clinton conspiracies. Manifort, Flynn, Gates, Stone, Don Jr…. God face the music. You are dumb as a nail to keep deflecting on Trumps Russian collusion. Follow the $. Dope.

        • iceplant December 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm

          I’m still waiting to hear some music, Carpy. Hoot hoot!

  • iceplant December 12, 2018 at 8:32 am

    The best quote in there came from Meghan McCain.
    Why? Because it was a burning laser beam of truth pointed directly at Cadet Bone Spurs.

    Oh, and, Rudy Guiliani is a kook.

  • Redbud December 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    CNN and the Clintons are all “not truth!” Trump 2020!

    • Carpe Diem December 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      8 years of the most incredible lies and scams, only to be topped by many MSM channels going full TDS-tard with fake news!

  • Comment December 12, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Rudy Giuliani is an evil corrupt thing. It says a lot about the donald that he works with Giuliani. I believe you trumpers are worshiping a false prophet. Your magic boy trump is not the second coming of Christ, just FYI.

    • Redbud December 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      And who do you worship, Hillary and fake CNN news? Trump is the best thing that’s happened to our country in years. He is getting things done, and moving our country in the right direction. He is doing the best he can with the mess he inherited from Obama.

      • Comment December 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

        You continue to tell yourself that, buddy. Continue to worship you magic boy donald.

        As far as me, I pretty well hate them all.

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