Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Meghan McCain, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Yang, Joy Behar, and more.

Political Editors · Sep. 20, 2019

Food for thought: “Justin Trudeau at one point chastised a young woman at a townhall for saying ‘mankind’ instead of ‘people-kind’ when asking a question — but didn’t think twice about dressing up in blackface at age 30. Just let that sink in for a minute everyone…” —Meghan McCain

Friendly fire: “I can’t even read the LGBT media anymore, because it’s all ‘too gay, not gay enough, wrong kind of gay.’” —Pete Buttigieg

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “Take recent demands to boycott businesses whose investors have voiced support for the president. … The question is not whether business boycotts are legitimate. … The question is whether Americans can live and work together without being so absolutist about politics and intolerant of viewpoint diversity. … To put it simply, healthy democracy is about living with disagreement, not eliminating it. … An approach that demands silence on contested issues, or that extends bitter political division into commerce and every other sphere of life, will succeed only in fracturing the country even more deeply.” —Michael Bloomberg

Idiocracy: “DC was the 1st territory in the United States to free the enslaved. It’s where Black Americans fled the tyranny of slavery & towards greater freedom, to DC. Yet today it’s where 2nd class citizenship reigns, and the right to vote is denied. It’s time to recognize DC statehood.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Facts are stubborn things… “We need to go beyond hard data. We need to go beyond just thinking about the facts. I want you to think about this with your heart.” —Marianne Williamson regarding nuclear energy

Non compos mentis: “We might not own our own cars. Our current car ownership and usage model is really inefficient and bad for the environment.” —Andrew Yang’s response to the question, “What does the world look like to you in 2050?”

Demo-gogues: “I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O'Rourke [on gun confiscation], but it’s no excuse not to go forward.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Braying jenny: “I have taught juvenile delinquents who were more respectful in a classroom than this [Corey Lewandowski], than [Brett] Kavanaugh. … I’ve had kids who were murderers and pimps who have behaved better than this.” —Joy Behar

And last… “As we have this conversation about blackface and the evils of appropriation, please remember that a man appropriating femininity and dressing like an absurd caricature of a woman is definitely not offensive or degrading or wrong in any way. Totally different! For reasons!” —Matt Walsh

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