Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Joe Lockhart, John Kennedy, and more.

Political Editors · Jul. 18, 2019

For the record: “I have an advantage of knowing the president very well and he’s not a racist. His comments are not racist, but he loves the country very much. And he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.” —Ben Carson

Master trolling: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. … I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.” —President Donald Trump on Rep. Ilhan Omar

Political futures: “I’m struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, "Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?” And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June. I think a lot of Americans were shocked by some of the things they heard there. I was.“ —New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman

Race bait: "We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.” —Rep. Ayanna Pressley telling people not to think for themselves

Intraparty infighting: “Acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that, and what you’re doing.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib with a warning to Nancy Pelosi

The BIG Lie: “What the most serious economists tell us [is] that if we do nothing to fundamentally change the health-care system … we’ll be spending something like $50 trillion over a 10-year period. I don’t think there’s a study out there … that does not suggest that Medicare for All is far less expensive than continuation fo the current system.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

Alpha Jackass: “He’ll have an angry crowd of resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from the people of color who are stealing everything from them.” —Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart remarking on Trump’s North Carolina rally

And last… “I’m not sure the president should exchange playground insults with [‘The Squad’]. When you try to argue with a fool, that proves there are two. But the president decided to do so. The simple fact of the matter is that the four congresswomen think that America was wicked in its origins. They are entitled to their opinion. They are Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they are left-wing cranks and they are the reason that there are directions on a shampoo bottle.” —Sen. John Kennedy

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