Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Josh Hammer, Gavin Newsom, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and more.

Political Editors · Aug. 23, 2019

The bottom line: “More so than any particular policy or administrative fiat or legal decree, what Trump has accomplished more boldly and triumphantly than he has anything else is his exposure of the various vessels of the mainstream media — that most supercilious and intellectually sheltered of institutions — for being the barely veiled partisan hacks that they so manifestly are.” —Josh Hammer

Grand delusions: “Seven young children have died since Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Not one died over eight years under President Obama’s stewardship. Family separations happened under this administration. We saw the public-charge assault last week, which is family separation by other means, and now here we are detaining some children indefinitely.” —California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Pipe dream: “It is no secret that we must transition away from fossil fuel, period. End of discussion. … There is no middle ground.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

The BIG Lie I: “Look what he did with American Jews and the Jewish community. Come on, man. That’s like a dog whistle.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie II: “I can think of nothing more un-American, more resonant with what you might see in the Third Reich, than what the president said [about disloyal Israelis]. And if we’re unwilling to see this for what it is, if we’re unwilling to call it out, if we’re unwilling to act, then we’re going to lose this country.” —Beto O'Rourke

Braying Jenny: “[Trump’s] not focused on my policy agenda. He’s focused on my ethnicity, my background.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Braying Jenny II: “I think that the Trump administration … sit[s] around every single day thinking up new ways to be cruel to these migrants. That’s what they do. And tomorrow, they will probably come up with something else.” —Sen. Mazie Hirono

Non Compos Mentis: “You don’t want to worry about character? Elect a woman!” —MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt

And last… “For most of the Democratic presidential candidates, the only way they’re going to get anymore news coverage is dropping out.” —Frank J. Fleming

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