Quotes

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Armstrong Williams, Robert Johnson, Joe Biden, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jun. 26, 2020

Insight: “It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have it.” —Edwin Way Teale (1889-1980)

Upright: “Admittedly, the legacy of slavery did shape, to some extent, the struggles and progress of Blacks in this country. But so does the legacy of freedom passed down from the founders — arguably, to a far greater extent.” —Armstrong Williams

Friendly Fire, Part I: “Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues … are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue.” —BET cofounder Robert Johnson

Friendly Fire, Part II: “Black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows. White Americans seem to think … that black people are going to say, ‘Oh my God. White people love us because they took down a statue of Stonewall Jackson.’ Frankly, black people don’t give a damn. It falls into that — an attempt by white Americans to assuage guilt by doing things that make them feel good.” —Robert Johnson

Class warfare: “Here in the United States, it’s going to be black people who really should get [the COVID vaccine] first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people.” —Melinda Gates

Leftmedia psychosis: “I’m wowed by what you did and, more importantly, I’m wowed by how you did it.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo to his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (“It remains astonishing that CNN thinks it’s appropriate for the governor of New York — who has presided over more than ten times as many deaths as Florida, a more populous state — to be interviewed as a matter of course by his own brother. And now this.” —Charles C.W. Cooke)

Braying jenny: “President Trump and the Republicans’ campaign to rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Braying jackass: “It’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. All [Trump’s] whining and self-pity. This pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us. His job isn’t to whine about it. His job is to do something about it. To lead.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis: “A lot of people, you have unnecessarily, now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.” —Joe Biden

And last… “Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present. Studying and learning from it might.” —Victor Davis Hanson

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