Wednesday Short Cuts
Notable quotables from Robert Johnson, Megan Rapinoe, Hillary Clinton, and more.
For the record: “I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama. We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners.” —Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Friendly fire: “The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left. … I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.” —Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Robert Johnson
A blind squirrel finds a nut: “I think [Donald Trump] has a right to be upset if someone said that ‘I’m not going to the [f—ing] White House.’ He has the right to be upset. … If someone said that about me, I’m not sure I would invite them into the place I was living.” —CNN’s Don Lemon taking issue with U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe
Village Idiots: “Every teammate I’ve talked to specifically about it would not go. I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our life. I don’t think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration.” —Megan Rapinoe
Braying Jenny: “When the Trump administration threatened to pull out of the Iran deal and impose more sanctions last year, it was clear that we’d lose our leverage and Iran would be free to do what it wanted. Predictably, Iran is now exceeding enrichment limits the deal once imposed. … Diplomacy is not the pursuit of perfection. It is the balancing of risk. So far, the administration has consciously chosen a dangerous path leading to a riskier future. But diplomacy is still the only way for the administration to climb out of the hole they’ve dug.” —Hillary Clinton
And last… “A young child does not understand the difference between reality and fantasy. If you inform a 4 year old that Spider Man isn’t real, he literally will not know what you mean. So if your young boy says he’s really a girl, the statement has no objective meaning whatsoever.” —Matt Walsh