Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Steve Scalise, and more.

Political Editors · Aug. 12, 2019

The Gipper: “Cures were developed for which there were no known diseases.” —Ronald Reagan

The BIG Lie: “We choose truth over facts!” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis: “There are at least three [genders].” —Joe Biden

Grand delusions: “This administration has directed DHS to conduct these [immigration] raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror, which is to make whole populations of people afraid to go to work. … When that census taker comes knocking at that door, they’re not going to answer the door. And I know this administration knows that.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Race bait: “I think it’s really hard.” —Beto O'Rourke when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Do you think it is racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?”

Braying Jackass: “Bigotry was written into our founding documents. … White supremacy has always been a problem in our American story. If not always at the surface, then lurking not so far beneath it.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Blame game I: “We have somebody … who is contributing to this kind of divisiveness and these kind of dark forces in our nation through his own rhetoric, through the way he talks about Americans, through the bigotry that passes through his lips that incites white supremacists to literally use his language in their chat rooms to further activate this kind of hate.” —Cory Booker

Blame game II: “[Trump] creates a climate where we are seeing a significant increase in hate crimes in this country, hate crimes against Muslims, against Mexicans, against Jews. He is creating the kind of divisiveness in this nation that is the last thing that we should be doing.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

And last… “The president is no more responsible for [the El Paso] shooting as … Bernie Sanders is for my shooting. The shooter is responsible.” —House Minority Whip Steve Scalise

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