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April 5, 2024

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Whoopi Goldberg, Xavier Becerra, Chris Coons, Richard Dawkins, and more.

Dumb and Dumber

“Democrats, we don’t stack the court. We don’t. We don’t do that. … Many Republicans on the other side were fine with the shenanigans that went on to stack the court.” —"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg

“They have stacked the court by stealing two seats.” —"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin

The BIG Lies

“The laws in our immigration system have been broken for a long time, and this administration has done everything it can under the law.” —HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

“You don’t have a sense of people who are passing drugs at random because … the borders are open. No, they’re not.” —Xavier Becerra

Incredible Statistic

“In nearly four years in office, President Joe Biden has let in nearly the same amount of illegal foreign citizens that Ellis Island accepted legally in 60 years.” —Brianna Lyman

Useful Idiots

“Israel has not done enough to protect aid workers trying to deliver desperately needed help to civilians.” —Joe Biden

“Israel is not Hamas. Israel is a democracy; Hamas, a terrorist organization. And democracies place the highest value on human life. … If we lose that reverence for human life, we risk becoming indistinguishable from those we confront.” —Secretary of State Antony Blinken

“With regard to our policy in Gaza — look, I’ll just say this: If we don’t see the changes that we need to see, there will be changes in our own policy.” —Antony Blinken

“If there’s no changes to their policy and their approaches, then there’s going to have to be changes to ours.” —National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

“If Benjamin Netanyahu … were to order the IDF into Rafah at scale … I would vote to condition aid to Israel. … The tactics by which the current prime minister is making these decisions don’t reflect the best values of Israel or of the United States.” —Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

“We believe there has to be alternative ways to deal with Hamas in Gaza … specifically in Rafah. A military operation we believe is not the way to move forward.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“The United States sends $3.8 billion worth of aid to Israel, and that also includes arming them. Social scientists have found that if the United States stopped providing that aid … the war would be over in three days.” —"The View’s" Sunny Hostin

For the Record

“Biden’s demands that Netanyahu implement an immediate ceasefire when Hamas has rejected every ceasefire offer over the past six months and is still holding hostages, including Americans, and refusing to release them. Completely backwards.” —Katie Pavlich

Non Sequitur

“I like to live in a culturally Christian country, although I do not believe a single word of the Christian faith.” —evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins

Upright

“Dawkins isn’t a ‘cultural Christian.’ He is a sociocultural ‘free rider.’ That term is sometimes used to describe those who are not vaccinated against diseases like polio, measles and pertussis, but who are nevertheless protected because most people are vaccinated. Similarly, Dawkins is safe in his unbelief, comfortably ensconced in a country whose institutions were built upon Christian values and principles, and where a majority of people still adhere to them.” —Laura Hollis

“Dawkins’ case for Christianity … is nothing new. It was made long ago by acidic critic of the church Voltaire, who famously averred, ‘If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.’ But the problem with the utilitarian case for religious belief is that it doesn't animate religious believers. It is simply impossible to build a civilization on the basis of Judeo-Christian foundations while making the active case as to why those foundations ought to be dissolved.” —Ben Shapiro

“It’s a lousy foundation if all someone believes is that Christmas carols are nice and parish churches are pretty. Christianity is so powerful because its tenets are rooted in fundamental truths about humanity and our relationship to our Creator. If Jesus was just a good teacher and not the sinless Son of God, then His death on the cross is just a sad event in history — never mind His resurrection. And if none of that is true, then what’s the point of the cultural influence?” —Nate Jackson

Re: The Left

“I periodically marvel that a former U.S. president hung around with a notorious sex trafficker for years, that sex trafficker committed suicide under suspicious circumstances, and that former U.S. president … never got asked about it in interviews for years afterward. Because if there’s anything history can teach us, it’s that Bill Clinton would never lie about inappropriate sexual relations with much younger women.” —Jim Geraghty

“Democrats can’t have it both ways. It can’t be that Biden’s provocative speech is excused as harmless because he didn’t explicitly direct anyone to do anything, but that Trump’s provocative speech must be suppressed even if he didn’t direct anyone to do anything.” —Andrew McCarthy

Belly Laugh of the Day

“Joe Biden is a consistent, steady, successful leader who has delivered on his promises time and time again and he has a continued vision for this country.” —Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI)


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