April 19, 2024

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Alejandro Mayorkas, Ted Cruz, Eric Swalwell, Joe Biden, and more.

The BIG Lies

“Allow me assure you that I have honored the oath of office that I have taken more than five times in my 22-plus years of federal service.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

“With the resources and authorities that we have, [the border] is as secure as it can be.” —Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

For the Record

“In the 237 years of our nation’s history, I don’t know that there has been a more shameful day in the United States Senate than today.” —Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the Democrats’ immediate dismissal of impeachment charges against Alejandro Mayorkas

Leftmedia Spin

“Biden is off on details of his uncle’s WWII death as he calls Trump unfit to lead the military.” —Associated Press (“I’d say that making up a story about cannibals eating your uncle qualifies as a bit more than being ‘off on the details.’” —T. Becket Adams)

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

“We could be attacked in a way that could seriously jeopardize our country’s security with a commander-in-chief who is just not up for defending America’s interests because he’s putting his own first.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

Theater of the Absurd

“[Trump] is a legal terrorist who has 40 years of experience — probably more than any person in America — with lawsuits and tying up the system and seeking to delay, delay, delay.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell

More BIG Lies

“I’ve not once talked to anyone in my administration about Trump’s legal problems.” —Joe Biden

“First outfit ever to endorse me.” —Joe Biden vis-à-vis United Steelworkers (“The UAW was the first outfit to endorse me when I ran for U.S. Senate in 1972.” —Joe Biden in February)

Missing Context

“On my watch, unemployment has been below 4% for the longest stretch in more than 50 years.” —Joe Biden (Now do inflation.)

Freudian Slip

“Are you ready to choose freedom over democracy? Because that’s America.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis

“I made it clear to the Israelis — don’t move on Haifa.” —Joe Biden, who meant Rafah in the Gaza Strip and not the Israeli city of Haifa

“My mom didn’t live in Scranton since she was 1954.” —Joe Biden

Political Futures

“California, Illinois and New York (all of which have joined the [National Popular Vote Interstate Compact]) have 101 Electoral College votes just between the three of them. They are also in the top 10 states with the highest number of illegal immigrants. This explains Democrats’ push to make all illegal immigrants citizens and give them voting rights. That, coupled with the NPVIC, would give the most populous states de facto control over presidential elections.” —Laura Hollis


“American negotiators have duped themselves into a baseless faith that a deal might persuade Tehran to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The U.S. — indeed the world — has only one option left: regime change. This should be the policy of the United States and other free countries, especially those that have been subjected to terrorist attacks. The goal must be removal of the ayatollahs ruling and ruining Iran and to make sure free and fair elections are held to replace them.” —Cal Thomas

And Last…

“Katherine Maher: I’m pro-censorship, anti-First Amendment, anti-truth, anti-white, and anti-‘free and open’ internet. NPR: She’s perfect. Let’s make her CEO.” —Christopher F. Rufo

“If NPR wanted to prove that they were still committed to free speech, to being ideologically neutral, and simply nonpartisan, they would let [Katherine Maher] go right away.” —Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger

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