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April 2, 2024

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Fareed Zakaria, Wilton Gregory, Raphael Warnock, Joe Biden, and more.

Friendly Fire

“Bill Clinton lied under oath. I think last time I checked, he’s been on MSNBC. … They say, ‘Well, [Ronna McDaniel] is an election denier.’ Well, Stacey Abrams was an election denier about her own election, and they’ve had her on. … Liberals often trigger backlash when they use illiberal means to get to their ends.” —CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

Baghdad Bob

“President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American. … Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

For the Record

“Like a number of Catholics, [Joe Biden] picks and chooses dimensions of the faith to highlight while ignoring or even contradicting other parts. … There is a phrase that we have used in the past, a ‘cafeteria Catholic’ — you choose that which is attractive and dismiss that which is challenging. … Especially in terms of the life issues, there are things that he chooses to ignore, or he uses the current situation as a political pawn.” —Washington, DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory

Industrial-Grade Spin

“Trump attacks Biden over Easter coinciding with Transgender Day of Visibility.” —The Washington Post

“Apparently, the speaker [Mike Johnson] finds trans people abhorrent. … March 31 has been a day to lift up transgender people who endure violence and bigotry. Easter, the date changes every single [year]. But this is just one more instance of folks … who do not know how to lead us trying to divide us. And this is the opposite of the Christian faith. Jesus centered the marginalized. He centered the poor. And in a moment like this, we need voices, particularly voices of faith, who would use our faith not as a weapon to beat other people down but as a bridge to bring all of us together.” —Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)

Lack of Self-Awareness Award

“People are so tired of the negativity that is propagated.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lies

“On [Trump’s] watch, companies sent American jobs overseas for cheaper labor and imported products. On my watch, we’re creating jobs in America and exporting American products.” —Joe Biden

“Jobs are up more than they’ve ever been.” —Joe Biden

Leftmedia Wagon-Circling for Biden and Crime

“Nancy Mace Says Crime Has ‘Skyrocketed’ Under Biden. It Hasn’t.” —Rolling Stone

Ouch

“Earlier this year, an ABC news poll found that an astounding 86 percent of Americans think Biden is too old to serve another term. For perspective, 81 percent of Americans have positive feelings about Thanksgiving, and 78 percent have positive feelings about Christmas and Mother’s Day.” —Jim Geraghty

Upright

“The solution to the otherwise intractable problem every Republican speaker now faces begins with putting more responsibility back on committees. The speaker is too much of a monarch; Congress can only operate on the republican principle of divided power and mediating institutions.” —Daniel McCarthy

“In passing the Scottish Hate Crime Act, Scottish lawmakers seem to have placed higher value on the feelings of men performing their idea of femaleness, however misogynistically or opportunistically, than on the rights and freedoms of actual women and girls. … I’m currently out of the country, but if what I’ve written here qualifies as an offence under the terms of the new act, I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment.” —author JK Rowling

Insight

“What, actually, is the difference between communism and fascism? Both are forms of statism, authoritarianism. The only difference between Stalin’s communism and Mussolini’s fascism is an insignificant detail in organizational structure.” —Leonard E. Read (1898-1983)

And Last…

“The Democratic Party has turned their back on law enforcement. They embrace the criminal element and let the inmates run the asylum… And, you know, Obama and Biden and Clinton can go raise $25 million because they’re in the upper echelon, so they’re immune from their own policies.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

“Gaslighting is not just a hobby for team Biden. It’s a lifestyle.” —Matthew Continetti


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