July 1, 2024

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Biden, Eddie Scarry, Josh Hammer, David Harsanyi, and more.

The Debate BIG Lies

“There [are] 40% fewer people coming across the border illegally; it’s better than when [Trump] left office.” —Joe Biden

“The Border Patrol Union endorsed me, endorsed my position.” —Joe Biden (“To be clear, we never have and never will endorse Biden.” —Border Patrol Union)

“The pandemic was so badly handled. Many people were dying. All [Trump] said was, ‘It’s not that serious. Just inject a little bleach into your arm. You’ll be alright.’” —Joe Biden

“There was no inflation when I became president. You know why? The economy was flat on its back. … On inflation, [Trump] caused it … in the way he handled the pandemic.” —Joe Biden

“We’ve got to take a look at what I was left when I became president. … There were no jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 15%.” —Joe Biden

“I said I’d never raise a tax on anybody making less than $400,000. I didn’t.” —Joe Biden

“What American president would ever say Nazis coming out of fields, carrying torches, singing the same anti-Semitic bile, carrying swastikas were fine people? [Trump] is a guy who says Hitler’s done some good things.” —Joe Biden

“[Trump] said, ‘I don’t want to go in there because [the troops are] a bunch of losers and suckers.’” —Joe Biden

“I’m the only president … this decade that doesn’t have any troops dying anywhere in the world.” —Joe Biden

“Iran attacked American troops, killed, caused brain damage for a number of these troops, and [Trump] did nothing about it.” —Joe Biden

“That’s exactly what Trump did to Putin — encouraged him. ‘Do whatever you want.’” —Joe Biden

“[Trump is] a guy who wants to get out of NATO.” —Joe Biden

“The vast majority of constitutional scholars supported Roe when it was decided.” —Joe Biden

“We are not for late-term abortion, period.” —Joe Biden

“The only existential threat to humanity is climate change.” —Joe Biden

The Debate Non Sequitur

“The idea that she was murdered … by an immigrant coming in, and they talk about that. But here’s the deal: There’s a lot of young women who are being raped … by their in-laws … by their spouses, brothers and sisters.” —Joe Biden

Friendly Fire

“Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis

“I give you my word as a Biden — I would not be running again if I didn’t believe with all my heart and soul I can do this job.” —Joe Biden

More Post-Debate BIG Lies

“I don’t walk as easy as I used to. I don’t speak as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to. But … I know how to tell the truth.” —Joe Biden

“Trump is making it clear that if he doesn’t win this time, there will be, in his words, ‘bloodshed.’” —Joe Biden

“On my watch, violent crime has hit a 50-year low.” —Joe Biden

Political Futures

“If Biden can be persuaded to drop out, the Dems might have the last laugh after all, if they nominate a credible candidate. Remember: Trump is still unpopular. The danger for them is that they wind up with Kamala Harris.” —Brit Hume

“No matter what Dems do, Biden is POTUS for next 7 months. Every enemy of the United States knows that. Perilous time.” —Andrew McCarthy

Re: The Left

“Democrats have already tried to keep Trump off state ballots. They’ve tried to bankrupt him. They’ve tried to put him in prison. And now their candidate to defeat him is indisputably ailing in health, not to mention an irrefutably bad president with a terrible record in office. Have you ever cornered a rabid animal?” —Eddie Scarry

“Sixteen economists just released a letter claiming that Donald Trump’s economic policies will ‘reignite inflation.’ … It won’t be long before 20 historians sign a letter saying, ‘The greatest threat to democracy in history is Donald Trump.’ You can expect a letter from dozens of foreign policy experts warning that Donald Trump will get us into multiple wars and get your children killed overseas. There will be a letter signed by a cadre of former military officers claiming Donald Trump will destroy our alliances. And a coalition of concerned proctologists will issue a manifesto alleging that Donald Trump will give you hemorrhoids.” —Gary Bauer

“The Left … gets the best of both worlds. Progressives are able to generate publicity and rake in fundraising dollars with their recurring temper tantrums about the court’s ostensible threat to ‘our democracy,’ while on the other hand they reap the rewards of a court that delivers them substantive victories far more often than either side would care to acknowledge.” —Josh Hammer

“Most Democrats aren’t offended by all antisemites. If you insult George Soros, sure, you may be condemned in the pages of The New York Times. If a pro-Hamas mob beats down a Jewish woman, we’re lucky if the paper even reports on the incident. … Jews can’t rely on the contemporary Left to be on their side.” —David Harsanyi

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