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November 6, 2023

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Barack Obama, John Kirby, Rashida Tlaib, and more.

Moral Equivalence

“What Hamas did was horrific, and there’s no justification for it. And what is also true is that the occupation, and what’s happening to Palestinians, is unbearable. … Nobody’s hands are clean … all of us are complicit to some degree.” —former President Barack Obama (“You sent over $100 billion to the monsters who committed these atrocities. And you continue to spread lies about Jewish ‘occupation.’ Yes, I do agree you are complicit.” —Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX))

“People who are saying, ‘Israel, right or wrong, we’re for you all the way,’ that’s not going to work. This is a horrendously complex issue. You have got a right-wing government in Israel which is racist.” —Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)


“[The National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia] is born from a genuine desire to go after the kind of hate in America that could lead to real threats of violence against real people — our fellow citizens … who are of the Muslim faith or in the Arab community and the Palestinian community.” —National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

For the Record

“After the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and a breakout of pro-Hamas activism on campus, the White House is claiming Islamophobia is our top concern.” —Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)

“Jews are 2% of population. They’re receiving 60% of the religious-based hate crimes. I don’t support Islamophobia … but today is not about Islamophobia; it’s about anti-Semitism.” —former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

“To put things in order. Hamas did not become crazy and want to kill Jews because of the walls, checkpoints and blockade. The walls, checkpoints and blockade were put in place because Hamas are crazy and want to kill Jews. Oct 7 is what happens when terrorists break through.” —David Collier

“Whereas so-called Islamophobia typically manifests among people pointing out that Islamofascists are a real terror threat and we should be vigilant against attacks, Christophobia is the leftist affliction that equates adhering to Biblical Christianity while being a patriotic American to hate speech and violence.” —Nate Jackson

The BIG Lies

“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.” —Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

“I wouldn’t say it’s criticism; I’d say there are different observations on perspectives about the best way forward, but all of it coming from, as far as I can tell, a place of care and concern related to Israel’s safety and its well-being.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

“[Biden] ran … to restore the soul of this nation, to make sure that no hate sees the light of day.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Braying Jenny

“I cosponsored a resolution condemning Hamas for hostage-taking and urging their immediate release. We must ensure the safe return of all hostages and the protection of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) (For the record, Bush is finally seeing the light after her Jew-hating colleagues Ilhan Omar and Tlaib got spanked for their leftist spews.)

“The U.S. government should not be funding Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people.” —Cori Bush

Belly Laughs of the Day

“We can’t ignore the fact that people’s lives are harder. And this is not because of the president.” —failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

“Biden has been [an] exceptional president. On [a] range of issues he has over-performed expectation[s].” —Stacey Abrams

And Last…

“There is no such thing as ethical porn; someone is always being used. As much as some try to paint pornography as fulfilling work, it’s not. It’s little better than slavery at the end of the day, and trafficking is rampant.” —Emmy Griffin

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