Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tim Scott, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and more.

Political Editors · Aug. 15, 2019

For the record: “There’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist. The facts are very simple that the same folks that voted for me voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters and he’s keeping the promises. … The more you use the concept of racism, the more we grow ‘ism fatigue’ in this country, and that is a terrible place for us to be. And so the greatest threat by overusing racism is that when there is an actual challenge, you cried wolf in the wilderness one time too many.” —Sen. Tim Scott

Braying Jenny: “I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines, and as part of passing that ban do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for their money that they spent. … You don’t want people to retain them because if you make them illegal, you don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America. … If you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony [charge].” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Non sequitur: “[Our] society … has surrendered basic freedoms. Freedom from violence. Freedom from gunfire. Freedom to live without this kind of constant cortisol in the back of your brain being released that undermines our quality of life. We are losing our well-being as a nation because so many of these guns now are on our streets, so easily gotten by people who intend to do massive amounts of harm.” —Sen. Cory Booker (The Second Amendment is the palladium of liberties.)

Never let a crisis go to waste: “Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. It’s disgusting and we have to do something about it.” —Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

Braying Jackass: “We all want to invest in building our democracy and saving it from any enemies, foreign and domestic. We’ve sent our legislation to the Senate. Moscow Mitch says that he is the Grim Reaper. Imagine describing yourself as the Grim Reaper, that he’s going to bury all this legislation.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” —Rep. Steve King, who overshadowed his point regarding abortion and rape/incest with more dull-wittedness

What could possibly go wrong? “I would be honored to be considered [as a veep] by any nominee.” —Stacey Abrams

And last… “One of the most dishonest little tricks the media pulls is when they ask someone a weird and irrelevant question, get an answer, and then report the answer as if it was a point made entirely unprompted.” —Matt Walsh

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