March 4, 2024

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Veronica Escobar, Robert Garcia, Chris Murphy, Rachel Maddow, and more.

Fact-Check: Missing Context

“Under the Biden-Harris Administration, there has been a significant decrease in crime — including one of the largest yearly declines in homicides ever.” —White House “Fact Sheet” (That is a a 1.7% decline after record increases in homicide.)

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

“It is impossible to deport every undocumented person in this country. There simply are not the resources, nor is it advantageous to us.” —Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX)

The BIG Lies

“Immigrants actually commit fewer crimes than native-born people here in this country. This immigrant crime narrative is racist. It’s not true.” —Congressman Robert Garcia (D-CA)

“This ‘invasion’ rhetoric is just absolutely disgusting. It’s xenophobic. It’s racist.” —Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

“DHS will continue to enforce the law and work to secure our border.” —Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

For the Record

“In much the same way that gun-grabbing Barack Obama became our nation’s top firearm salesman, Joe Biden has become its leading border wall pitch man. Unfortunately, nine million horses have already left the barn.” —Douglas Andrews

“Ponder this for a moment: Biden’s open border policies enabled record illegal immigration every year of his presidency. What do you think he will do in a second term when he doesn’t have to answer to the voters ever again?” —Gary Bauer

Dumb & Dumber

“[White rural voters] are the most racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, and anti-gay geodemographic group in the country. [T]hey’re the most conspiracist group. … They don’t believe in an independent press, free speech. They’re most likely to say the president should be able to act unilaterally without any checks from Congress or the courts or the bureaucracy. They’re also the most strongly white nationalist and white Christian nationalist. [T]hey are most likely to excuse or justify violence as an acceptable alternative to peaceful public discourse.” —University of Maryland, Baltimore County professor Tom Schaller

“[SCOTUS is] ensuring that Trump will not face trial, and when they inevitably rule that presidents aren’t immune from prosecution after they leave office, what that will tell Donald Trump, if by then he is president, is that he can never leave the office of the presidency.” —MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Non Compos Mentis

“A quick reminder to the [Supreme] Court: Be careful how you rule on this one [Trump immunity], because Seal Team 6 currently works for Joe Biden.” —"comedian" Stephen Colbert

Hot Air

“I love some of my Neanderthal friends who still think there’s no climate change.” —Joe Biden


“We’re no longer disagreeing over how much to spend on government programs, whether we ought to start this or that initiative, or if we have different plans to reach a similar goal. We can’t even agree on what a woman is anymore. Leftists have upended reality itself and called us bigots for objecting because certain truths were true for all of human history. … Is it any wonder that there’s some white rural rage out there? It’s almost entirely justified.” —Nate Jackson

“The idea that man has inalienable, universal rights goes back to ancient Greece, at least. The entire American project is contingent on accepting the notion that the state can’t give or take our God-given freedoms. It is the best kind of ‘extremism.’” —David Harsanyi

“I don’t need a Ph.D. in philosophy … to understand that preserving life or expression are self-evident universal rights in a way that compelling taxpayers to pay for your ‘reproductive justice’ is not.” —David Harsanyi

“Societies do not always collapse from a lack of wealth, invasion, or natural catastrophes. Most often, they know what is destroying them. But they are so paralyzed by their fear that the road to salvation becomes too painful to even contemplate. So they implode gradually, then suddenly.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Political Futures

“There’s an implication that both parties’ superannuated nominees could face difficulties in turning out favorable voters. Trump’s contemptuous dismissal of Haley may cost him some of her supporters’ votes. Biden’s stance on Israel and Gaza may antagonize the leftish folks he’s done so much to cultivate on other issues. But on one point, neither is vulnerable. Whoever is elected will be serving a second term and … will be ineligible for a third. There won’t be another Jan. 6 mob in 2029.” —Michael Barone

“Elections nowadays are less head-to-head contests and more about the mechanics of contacting voters and collecting ballots. Mass mail-in voting lowers the threshold for participation. … If the GOP is to compete against Biden’s political machine in 2024, it should not count on the ‘uncommitted’ voter staying home or voting third party.” —Matt Carpenter

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