August 30, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Angie Nixon, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Hakeem Jeffries, and more.

Race Bait

“[Ron DeSantis] has blood on his hands. He has had … an all-out attack on the black community with his anti-woke policies, which we know very well was nothing more than a dog whistle to get folks … riled up in the way in which it just happened.” —Florida State Representative Angie Nixon vis-à-vis the Jacksonville shooting

“The issue with that kind of language is that it places the onus on one individual and the actions of one individual as opposed to a nationwide sickness of white supremacy in this country and the violence that it fuels.” —MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee regarding DeSantis’s reference to the Jacksonville shooter as a “scumbag”

“We see the Trump signs constantly … on our streets. And we know from that standpoint that there’s hatred.” —Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin

“When it comes to teaching black history, when it comes to the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, all of those things — to fight against them kind of lessens our worth and also causes people to have the type of hate that can go into a Dollar General and shoot people just because of the color of their skin.” —Tallahassee NAACP President Mutaqee Akbar

“You know, we have Nazis holding up flags saying that this is DeSantis’ country. We have Nazis protesting outside of Disney because DeSantis is making claims against Disney.” —Mutaqee Akbar

“Donald Trump, you know, came to office on a pretty openly white nationalist campaign. We see people like Tucker Carlson who are allowed to have a major platform on the most watched cable news television in the country and who openly talked white nationalist talking points. So we kinda have this wink and a nod racism, but it’s barely concealed, and all of us can hear it.” —1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones

“Since 1968, it is no longer legal in this country to explicitly discriminate against black Americans. So, of course, we’ve learned over the last 60 years that you have to use different language, that you have to use language that appears to be race-neutral but that sends the same dog whistle. So, we can look at, you know, Ron DeSantis running on this platform against what he’s calling ‘wokeism,’ but where those of us who study history, who understand the societies we live in, understand that that’s often coded as language against black Americans, as language against other marginalized groups.” —Nikole Hannah-Jones

The BIG Lies

“[DeSantis] banned the teaching of African American advanced placement studies in the state.” —Nikole Hannah-Jones

“You look at things like ‘don’t say gay’ laws that are punishing people for being who they are and loving who they love.” —Kamala Harris

“Bidenomics is working for American families and the economy as well.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Theater of the Absurd

“The U.S. intelligence community has determined that domestic terrorism rooted in white supremacy is the greatest terrorist threat we face in the homeland.” —Joe Biden

“[Republicans] just continue to take orders from Donald Trump, their puppet master-in-chief, who has directed them to persecute and to go after Joe Biden, which may take the form of an illegitimate impeachment inquiry.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

Belly Laughs of the Day

“President Biden is … continuing to show, at home and abroad, that he is a capable and effective president. … We haven’t had a seasoned and capable leader on the world stage in many years.” —Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

“The American people know fundamentally that Joe Biden is a good and decent man.” —Hakeem Jeffries

“We’ve been busy governing, and that’s important because we’ve delivered historic results for the American people on issue after issue after issue.” —Hakeem Jeffries

Non Compos Mentis

“There is no yes or no answer to this. It is complicated.” —Karine Jean-Pierre when asked, “Does [Biden] think it’s fair for girls to have to compete against biological males?”


“The myths about children and COVID — that kids aren’t really harmed by it, that school closures were a massive and avoidable mistake, that they caused learning loss and mental health issues — those myths, and they are myths, dangerous myths, have endured for so long, become so ingrained, so pervasive, that they’re not just something Fox viewers believe. I’m sure many of you watching at home have, sadly, come to accept many of these myths as true.” —MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

“The most comprehensive study by experts at Johns Hopkins University found death rates from [COVID] lockdowns were reduced by 0.1 percent. But how many people died from the isolation of lockdowns, delayed health screening from cancer, the increase in drug overdoses?” —Stephen Moore

Re: The Left

“Democrats favor Marxist-derived segregation of people into classes — economic, race, or sexual proclivity — and then they pit those classes against one another. Don’t cut taxes across the board, they insist; stick it to ‘the rich’ by taking what they have and giving it to someone else. In private practice, that’s theft. In government, it’s ‘equity’ and ‘Bidenomics.’” —Nate Jackson

“The dirty little secret is the message Democrats embed in all of this income redistribution: Blacks can’t succeed without Democrats. … The oppressors and villains of America are keeping constituents down to the point that success isn’t possible without Democrat saviors. That’s not the American Dream. It’s not Dr. King’s dream. It’s a Democrat nightmare.” —Nate Jackson

“If people were to recognize that communism has been the greatest source of evil in the modern age in terms of numbers murdered, number of lives destroyed, liberty stolen, and the sheer amount of human suffering inflicted (greater by those metrics than those of the Nazis before they were forcibly stopped), the Left would lose much of its appeal.” —Dennis Prager

“Here’s the latest in left-wing lunacy courtesy of Chicago. In response to the skyrocketing number of carjackings in his city, Mayor Johnson is suing carmakers Kia and Hyundai for making it too easy for the city’s feral youth to steal their cars. This is how the left handles, or more accurately mishandles, crime. It doesn’t blame the criminals. It blames businesses and innocent people.” —Gary Bauer

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