March 20, 2024

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Scarborough, Hillary Clinton, David Harsanyi, Alexis de Tocqueville, and more.

Intellectual Lightweight

“My biggest concern is that your view has the First Amendment hamstringing the government in significant ways.” —Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (“The entire Bill of Rights is meant to ‘hamstring’ the government from trampling our God-given rights, even if what we do with those rights is distasteful to coastal elites.” —Thomas Gallatin)


“[Trump is] predicting a ‘bloodbath.’ What does that mean? He’s going to exact a bloodbath?” —Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“Since when does anybody use the term ‘bloodbath’ related to economic problems? Especially someone who already incited a ‘bloodbath’ after he lost the last election. We all know what he meant.” —Congressman Dan Goldman (D-NY)

“He was talking about a bloodbath. Sometimes a bloodbath means a bloodbath.” —MSBNC’s Joe Scarborough

“Trump Says Some Migrants Are ‘Not People’ and Predicts a ‘Blood Bath’ if He Loses.” —The New York Times

“Trump says there will be a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses the election.” —NBC News

“‘A bloodbath.’ What would you say if you saw this in another country?” —Hillary Clinton

“That’s how fascism and totalitarianism and … the Holocaust came to Germany. … A major party candidate is saying, ‘You elect me, there’s going to be dictatorship, bloodbath, violence, retribution against my political enemies that equals what we saw in Italy and Germany and other places.” —NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss

“Trump is not Hitler or Stalin or Mussolini. But they share a rhetorical style, experts say.” —Politico’s Michael Kruse

“'Bloodbath’ aside, Trump’s violent rhetoric is unambiguous.” —The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake

“It’s clear this guy wants another January 6.” —Joe Biden

For the Record

“Trump is talking about the automotive industry. He mentions cars before and after the ‘bloodbath’ comment. … If Democrats had any kind of coherent message beyond blurting out ‘Jan. 6’ every few minutes, they would argue about trade with Trump rather than concocting nonexistent threats.” —David Harsanyi

“However much you hate the media, it’s not enough. And no matter how much you can bring yourself to hate them, it will never be as much as they hate you. These despicable creatures divide Americans by skin color, sexual orientation, income and any other way possible, while whining about how it’s Republicans dividing people. It’s how a President can give a speech calling everyone who disagrees with him a Nazi, then call for people to unite with him. When you have zero chance of being called out for your hypocrisy, why not be a hypocrite?” —political strategist Derek Hunter

The BIG Lies

“The president has done everything that he can to deal with oil. … The actions that he took led to lowering gas prices.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“We’re going to keep making the case for a second term by lowering the costs and creating more jobs.” —Joe Biden

Belly Laugh of the Day

“I think she’s the brightest person on the Court.” —Joe Biden regarding Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson


“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” —French historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

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