February 2, 2024

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gavin Newsom, Ayanna Pressley, Ben Shapiro, Daniel Webster, and more.

Lack of Self-Awareness

“As we’re checking out [at Target], the woman says: ‘Oh, he’s just walking out. He didn’t pay for that.’ I said, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’ She goes, ‘Oh, the governor. … The governor lowered the threshold. There’s no accountability.’ I said, ‘That’s just not true.’ … I was like, ‘Why I am spending $380 and everyone can walk the hell right out?’” —California Governor Gavin Newsom

Race Bait

“Walgreens is planning to close yet another pharmacy in … Massachusetts. … This closure is a part of a larger trend of abandoning low-income communities. … These closures are not arbitrary and they are not innocent. They are life-threatening acts of racial and economic discrimination.” —Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)

Political Theater

“[Biden] wants to make sure that he’s there for this community [East Palestine].” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Leftmedia Lob

“For any Republicans who want to continue to try to keep battering the economy, yes, life is expensive. … This is a strong economy. That’s one of the reasons you see them pivoting so hard to immigration. They just can’t keep beating on the economy.” —MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle

For the Record

“Even in his current physical and mental state, [Joe Biden] has the ability to lie with passion if you dare to question him. The reason he can do it so effectively is because he’s done it his entire political career. It is part of who he is. Biden lives on the ‘big lie.’ … And the American media, which is no longer a free press committed to actual journalism, almost universally refuses to correct his lies. In fact, they are much more likely to amplify them.” —Gary Bauer

“After spending the months since Oct. 7 repeating ad nauseam an admonition to Iran not to escalate its violence … Iran has indeed escalated its violence. It turns out that saying ‘Don’t’ to aggressive foreign powers isn’t nearly as effective as saying ‘Don’t, or you may not be breathing tomorrow.’” —Ben Shapiro

“A federal appeals court ruled in the 1996 case Padavan v. U.S. that ‘for a state to be afforded the protections of the Invasion Clause,’ it must be under attack by ‘another state or foreign country that is intending to overthrow the state’s government.’ But that 20th-century definition of invasion is outdated. Now, war is being waged with migrants, not just missiles.” —Betsy McCaughey

“Biden has made the CBP into a concierge service for migrants.” —Betsy McCaughey

“The primary reasons Christians are under attack are 1) because they refuse to bend the knee to a culture that exalts sex as the apex of all human activity, and 2) because they insist that there is a higher authority than government. Those two positions place Christians (as well as members of some other religious faiths) at odds with contemporary American culture.” —Laura Hollis


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