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November 3, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kamala Harris, Nate Jackson, Joy Reid, and more.

Useful Idiots

“I think we need a pause. … A pause means give time to get the prisoners out.” —President Joe Biden

“I think it is.” —Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) when asked, “Is a ceasefire needed now?”

“If you were a teenager living in an open-air prison getting bombed day and night by, let’s say, Mexico, and Mexican police kicked in the door and raided your house anytime they wanted and turned off the water and cut off your food, what are you gonna do, side with them? Help them while you’re dying? That’s like asking why black folks don’t help or trust the police.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

“MAGA and Christian nationalism: Bigger threat to America than Hamas could ever be.” —Salon columnist Brian Karem

Tone-Deaf

“I am proud to announce the Biden-Harris administration will develop our nation’s first National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia. This strategy will be a comprehensive and detailed plan to protect Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim from hate, bigotry, and violence, and to address the concern that some government policies may discriminate against Muslims. For example, the so-called Muslim ban, which President Biden revoked on our first day in office.” —Vice President Kamala Harris (“Not only is that spitting in the face of Jews, but she brings up (not by name) Trump and his ‘so-called Muslim ban.’ Who called it that? Leftists like Harris, even though it was nothing of the sort. And the same woman who wants no government discrimination against Muslims is from a party hell-bent on forcing Christians to bake the cake, etc.” —Nate Jackson)

“We can’t stand by while hate against Muslims, and those wrongfully perceived to be Muslim, including Arabs and Sikhs, is given oxygen. That’s why we’re developing a National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia and Related Forms of Hate. Silence is complicity. We won’t be silent.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lies

“For years, Muslims in America and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.” —Kamala Harris

“For too long, Muslims in America, and those perceived to be Muslim, such as Arabs and Sikhs, have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks and other discriminatory incidents.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“I’m the guy that convinced Bibi to call for that ceasefire to let the prisoners out.” —Joe Biden

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

“Israel is a country that has no place on our land. We must remove that country. … We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again. The Al-Aqsa Flood is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve, and the capabilities to fight. … The existence of Israel is what causes all that pain, blood, and tears. It is Israel, not us. We are the victims of the occupation. Period. Therefore, nobody should blame us for the things we do.” —Hamas official Ghazi Hamad

The Bottom Line

“Walking in the streets screaming ‘Ceasefire now!’ is no great imposition, especially when you’re not the one getting fired on, like those young people in the desert. It’s like lecturing someone who’s been doused in kerosene about the dangers of secondhand smoke. … Protesting here solves nothing. Quite the opposite. For the protest here enables other people over there to do even more harm than they’ve already done. It’s why your simplistic worldview of standing with the oppressed is completely invalid. You don’t really stand with the oppressed; you’re marching for extra credit. And you aren't sacrificing a thing; instead, you’re adding to the mayhem through approval.” —Greg Gutfeld

“‘Humanitarian pause’ is placing feel-good, millennial yoga language on a terrible decision. There’s nothing humanitarian about allowing Hamas to prevail. A pause is a ceasefire — a reward for terrorists that ought to be wiped out.” —Erielle Davidson

Belly Laughs of the Day

“The Gaza Health Ministry has had a pretty good track record with its death estimates over the years.” —The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler

“When Democrats were in control, we put people over politics.” —Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) (“Actually, they raised taxes, hired 87,000 new IRS agents, pushed ‘green’ mandates, worsened inflation, added to the deficit, blocked American energy, and ignored the border crisis.” —RNC)

And Last…

“The greatest threat to our national security is not Sen. Tommy Tuberville; it is demonstrably the inept commander-in-chief, Joe Biden.” —Mark Alexander

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