January 24, 2024

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from John Kirby, Jim Clyburn, Pete Buttigieg, Dean Phillips, and more.

The BIG Lies

“The first bill that we offered after our inauguration was to fix the immigration system, which included what we must do to create a pathway for citizenship and to put the resources that are needed into the border. But, sadly, people on the other side of the aisle have been playing politics with this issue.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

“Republicans in the House are trying to get in the way. So, it’s up to them. Are they going to help? Are they going to actually deal with an issue or continue to move forward on a political stunt?” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“If [House Republicans] are real about this, if they want to fix this problem, then they would get involved. … But they haven’t.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“We want to give [Border Patrol] more resources, and the answer we keep getting back from House Republicans is, ‘No, no no.’” —National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

“We have, and will continue to try, to stem the flow of migrants.” —John Kirby

“Does razor wire … work for the Border Patrol to allow them … to better process people that are trying to get across the border? I don’t think so and that’s why we asked for it to be removed.” —John Kirby

“I don’t believe we are.” —John Kirby when asked, “Why are you guys making it easier for people to enter the country illegally?”

Non Compos Mentis

“The [border] negotiations that are happening right now I hope are going to be directed at solutions that are genuinely focused on … all the equities.” —Kamala Harris

“You know, I have to say that’s a little confusing for me, because if you look at what this president has done the last three years — historical pieces of legislation, right?” —Karine Jean-Pierre when told, “ABC has President Biden’s rating for health since May down five points and for mental sharpness down four points.”

Lack of Self-Awareness

“We have to compete with misinformation, disinformation. … We know what happened to Hillary Clinton.” —Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

“Republicans are playing around with our institutions over accusations against the sitting president that have no basis in reality.” —Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury (D-NM)

Belly Laughs of the Day

“This administration has a lot to be proud of and has done so much good for so many people in so many parts of the country.” —Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

“People tend to, for some reason, misconstrue kindness for weakness. Joe Biden is a kind gentleman.” —Jim Clyburn

“Everyone who is paying close attention understands that there is a clear and non-negotiable division in terms of the separation between our administration and what the Department of Justice does in terms of its investigations, in terms of its prosecutions, and that line has never been crossed.” —Kamala Harris

A Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut

“I went to a Donald Trump rally couple nights ago. … Met probably 50 Trump people waiting in line. Every single one of them thoughtful, hospitable, friendly. All of them so frustrated that they feel nobody is listening to them but Donald Trump. A diverse crowd. … My party is completely delusional right now.” —Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN)

For the Record

“The Left deceives many women into thinking abortion is the compassionate solution for them when they face a crisis pregnancy. Men who favor abortion do so because it absolves them of responsibility for any children conceived from their own selfish actions. The child pays the price, as does the woman who must bear the emotional burden of ending a life. How is that compassion?” —Nate Jackson

And Last…

“Democracy is at stake, which is why we must pretend not to notice that the Consumer Price Index, the widely cited metric for inflation faced by American families, is up a cumulative 17.1 percent between when Biden took office and November 2023.” —Jim Geraghty

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