Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Don Lemon, Nancy Pelosi, Burgess Owens, Matt Walsh, and more.

Political Editors · Jun. 20, 2019

For the record: “Today’s woke culture demands not just tolerance but affirmation.” —Kaylee McGhee

Alpha Jackass: “Think about Hitler. If you could look back in history, would you say, ‘Well, I’m so glad that that person was allowed a platform so that they could spread their hate, and propaganda, and lies’?” —CNN’s Don Lemon drawing a parallel between Trump and the Nazi leader

“Free stuff”! “I think that everyone’s entitled to have total health care. And what I would do is make sure that every single person … in the United States has access to Medicaid right off the bat.” —Joe Biden

Come again? “I’m going to fire Jared Kushner on Day One, because he has no business being on the job of seeking a two-state solution or finding peace in the Middle East.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell (“That would suggest Kushner would have remained in the White House under a new administration.” —The Washington Free Beacon)

Projection: “While the Republicans have no interest in holding the president accountable for his words, they will misrepresent anything that you say just — if you have one word in a sentence they can exploit.” —Nancy Pelosi, sort of defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying the U.S. is running “concentration camps” on the border

Braying Jenny: “The President’s new threat of a mass deportation dragnet is an act of utter malice and bigotry, designed solely to inject fear in our communities.” —Nancy Pelosi

This just in: “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years — for whom none of us currently living are responsible — is a good idea.” —Mitch McConnell

Reparations party: “I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. I do believe in restitution. Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies — 20 million of them. … How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race.” —former NFL player Burgess Owens in a congressional hearing on reparations

Food for thought: “I think the conversation about reparations is really a conversation about affirmative action. As race based affirmative action falls out of legal favor, the saber rattling about reparations heats up. It’s all pandering and grifting to voters that won’t actually happen.” —Erick Erickson

And last… “On second thought I do favor reparations. If your ancestors were persecuted, you should get paid. If your ancestors persecuted others, you should pay. Seeing as how almost everyone belongs to both groups, we should all give each other 100 dollars. Even trade. Accounts settled.” —Matt Walsh

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