Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, AOC, and more.

Political Editors · Jun. 10, 2019

The Gipper: “We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide.” —Ronald Reagan

Border update: “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.” —Donald Trump

For the record: “The vast majority of the families that we are catching are saying they are coming here for economic reasons. Very few actually claim asylum in Border Patrol custody. That’s about 8% who claim asylum in Border Patrol custody.” —Border Patrol chief Carla Provost

Race bait: “Stacey Abrams ought to be the governor of Georgia. When racially motivated voter suppression is permitted … when money is allowed to outvote people in this country, we cannot truly say that we live in a democracy.” —Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Braying Jenny: “You don’t have the right to vote in the state of Georgia. We have the opportunity to possibly think about maybe being able to participate in the right to vote in the state of Georgia.” —Stacey Abrams

Non compos mentis: 
"Climate change is one of the main drivers of our public health. So the difference between, say, 1.5 degrees of warming … to 2 [degrees] — you are talking about 150 million deaths. That’s 25 Holocausts. … We know that people, especially people of color, are dying daily from fossil-fuel pollution. Right? We know that we are losing a million species right now because of climate change. We know that there are costs to the ways that we live right now and the sooner that we grapple with that reality, the sooner that we will all be able to build an America and a world that is safe and prosperous and healthy for all of us.“ —"Green New Deal” architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

The BIG Lie: “I think we really need to get to $10 trillion to have a shot. I know it’s a ton. I don’t think anyone wants to spend that amount of money … but … it’s just the fact of the scenario.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Belly laugh of the week: “We are in no way anti-Trump.” —New York Times Deputy Managing Editor Rebecca Blumenstein

And last… “America is the only country in the world where even those who say they hate it refuse to leave.” —Charlie Kirk

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