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"The lengths people go to defend Omar's many disturbing comments is really curious — and probably telling." —David Harsanyi

Political Editors · Apr. 10, 2019

Delusions: “In terms of leadership, if we fail to act [on climate change], or even if we delay in acting, we will have blood on our hands.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Belly laugh of the week: “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject.” —John Kerry

Non sequitur: “When John F Kennedy said, ‘I want to put a man on the moon in 10 years,’ he didn’t know if he could do it. But he knew it was an organizing principle. He knew it would be the mission for a generation to say, ‘We’re going to be the greatest entrepreneurs and innovators because we’re going to put a man on the moon.’ … Why not do the same here?” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on the Green New Deal

The BIG Lie: “The NRA is largely funded by the gun manufacturers. The gun manufacturers want to make money at all costs. It doesn’t matter who they are selling the gun to. The reason why they are against universal background checks is they want to sell a weapon to somebody on the terror watch list. They want to sell a weapon to someone gravely mentally ill with a violent background. They want to sell a weapon to someone with a criminal conviction for a violent crime. They’re against the Violence Against Women’s [sic] Act. Why? Because they want to make sure a predator or someone who beats his wife can have easy access to a weapon. Literally.” —Kirsten Gillibrand

More collusion delusion: “The hearing started in a very organized way but as soon as we talked about that four-page letter and I asked [Attorney General William Barr] whether he discussed it with the White House, at that point, he just shut down. So it was clear to me that the White House had some input in the letter and we intend to pursue our questioning so we get to the truth.” —Rep. Nita Lowey

Alpha Jackass: “If Trump really wants to put kids in cages, he should start with Eric and Donald Jr.” —Jimmy Kimmel

Non compos mentis: “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” —Rep. Ilhan Omar (Those “some people” were jihadis who murdered 3,000 Americans.)

And last… “The lengths people go to defend Omar’s many disturbing comments is really curious — and probably telling.” —David Harsanyi

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