Monday Short Cuts

Hillary Clinton wastes no time attacking the NRA after the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.

Political Editors · Oct. 2, 2017

The Gipper: “Any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always ‘against,’ never ‘for’ anything.”

Race bait, part I: “If [Puerto Ricans] were all Anglos, I don’t believe the president would have the attitude that he has because you don’t hear that kind of dog whistle of people not wanting to pull themselves up by their bootstrap when the people are Anglos. That’s something reserved for people of color.” —Rep. Al Green

Race bait, part II: “Given the president’s history on race, given the fact that he — a few months ago — said there were good people on both sides when neo-Nazis were marching in Charlottesville, yeah, I think we have a right to be suspect that he is treating the people in Puerto Rico in a different way than he has treated the people of Texas or Florida.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

For the record: “[The Puerto Rico crisis] is the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen, and we have been moving and pushing as fast as the situation allows. Every day, we make progress. Every day, we have some setbacks.” —FEMA Director Brock Long

Never let a crisis go to waste: “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents. Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Non Compos Mentis: “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “Yesterday: ‘don’t politicize the week-old Puerto Rico tragedy!’ Today: ‘let’s repeal the 2nd amendment before Las Vegas buries its dead.’” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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