Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kevin McCarthy, Erick Erickson, Ilhan Omar, and more.

Political Editors · Jan. 13, 2020

Insight: “We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “It’s [Trump’s] natural instinct to always put America first and keep us safe. The Democrats’ instinct is to blame America first.” —House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Observations: “Why did … the killing of Soleimani become a point of partisan disagreement? I think it’s got to be because we’re so partisan generally and because we’re at a point where whatever … President Trump does, Democrats will oppose it.” —Joe Lieberman

Dezinformatsiya: “Shocking! After a week of the media declaring Donald Trump was starting World War III, their polling finds most Americans worried or upset at the President’s handling of the matter.” —Erick Erickson

Trump Derangement Syndrome: “I really am disappointed in the reporters who cannot separate themselves from their contempt for Trump. The people of Iran are in the streets, some of them will die, and a lot of American reporters cannot help but treat it all with a level of passive aggression because of Trump.” —Erick Erickson

The BIG Lie: “We gave [Iran] a little bit of money… But the fact is the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] had all the money it wanted. The IRGC wasn’t starving at that point in time, and, in fact, Iran owed billions upon billions of dollars. Most of that money went to pay off their debts and to facilitate their economic initiatives.” —former Secretary of State John Kerry

Braying jenny: “This administration says starving the Iranian economy is in defense of human rights, when it is an abuse of them. … Escalation is deescalation. War is peace. In fact, they’re asking us to deny reality. … This administration has gone abroad in search of monsters to destroy. May God show us the way to freedom, independence, and peace.” —Rep. Ilhan Omar

Non compos mentis: “Let’s send the message once and for all that God does not belong to a political party in the United States of America.” —Pete Buttigieg, whose party flat-out rejects God

What could possibly go wrong? “We will move this country to public funding of elections.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

And last… “Weird how the same people who gawped at the Soleimani funeral crowds and blamed Trump for Iran shooting down a civilian airliner are now silent about the Iranians protesting the regime. Almost as though their agenda has nothing to do with the aspirations of the Iranian people.” —Ben Shapiro

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