September 19, 2023

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Donald Trump, Mark Milley, Jake Tapper, and more.

Deficit logic

“It isn’t only money that the US government lacks. The worsening fiscal shortfall is deadly serious — but even more ominous is our national deficit of leadership and good judgment. Dollars can be borrowed. But where can Americans find political leaders capable of dealing with this crisis?” —Jeff Jacoby

Not complicated

“Ummmmmm, in my opinion, you have a man, you have a woman. I think part of it is birth. Can the man give birth? No, although they’ll come up with some answer to that also someday. I heard just the other day they have a way that now the man can give birth. No, I would say I’ll continue my stance on that.” —Donald Trump’s equivocating answer to Megyn Kelly’s simple question: “Can a man become a woman?” The simple answer is, “No.”

“No, not at all. I’m not even sure what that word truly means.” —Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley on whether the military is too woke

Leftmedia Lies

“Republicans claim they have unearthed evidence of wrongdoing by the president. … In fact, there’s little to back up their allegations.” —The New York Times

“Republicans have literally been looking for evidence of this for years and have not yet found any.” —CNN’s Jake Tapper

“The GOP started with the answer and worked backward.” —MSNBC’s Steve Benen

“Republicans [have] uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing by the president.” —Vanity Fair

“Republicans claim the president has profited from his son’s business dealings overseas — but haven’t yet turned up proof.” —The Guardian

Big Laboring

“We expect action, not words.” —UAW President Shawn Fain on the current strike

Intersectionality battle

“We welcomed you. We created nonprofits to help feed, clothe, find housing. We did everything we could to make your transition here easier, and this is how you repay us, by stabbing us in the back?” —former Hamtramck, Michigan, council member Catrina Stackpoole after Muslims on the council banned the pride flag


“It’s a shocking, terrible situation, and I’m late to a meeting.” —Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) responding to Democrat Virginia House candidate Susanna Gibson’s livestream sex show scandal

“If we want equal outcomes, we need to take into account not everybody starts out on the same base, and we have to make adjustments. … If we want fair outcomes, we must understand what are disparities, and then accommodate and adjust for those disparities if we want equal outcomes.” —Kamala Harris

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