Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, Gary Bauer, Donald Trump, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 30, 2020

Insight: “It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” —Noel Coward (1899-1973)

Observations: “‘Mostly peaceful.’ So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have routinely turned into looting and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. … The phrase ‘mostly peaceful,’ then, is rather fungible. Consider that during the tea party protests of 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden reportedly likened tea partiers to ‘terrorists’ — and those protests were notable mostly for people cleaning up their own litter.” —Ben Shapiro

Pollaganda: “One of the world’s largest public relations companies recently surveyed 1,000 Americans about their views of the coronavirus. Perhaps the most shocking finding was the extreme difference between perception and reality. … They … believe that 9% of the country — roughly 30 million Americans — have died from COVID. That’s 225 times the number of confirmed deaths. If that’s what the American people believe, then clearly the media are failing to report the facts. All they are doing is spreading fear and panic.” —Gary Bauer

Trolling: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” —Donald Trump (“100 percent believe Trump is trolling to distract from bad [GDP] numbers. Also 100 percent believe his distraction is far worse than the bad [GDP] number [which wasn’t his fault].” —David Harsanyi)

For the record: “Changing Election Day would require an act of Congress so… no, the election will not be delayed.” —Jim Geraghty

Hyper hypocrisy: “He was disrespectful, spoke over top of every one of us. In particular, he spoke over women. He was flanked by at least 10 staffers, not a person of color among them. … It was so disrespectful, the way he approached Congress, the way he approached our committee.” —Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) on AG William Barr, who endured disgraceful treatment from Democrats

Non compos mentis: “I’m a little older now and people are always like, ‘You gonna have some babies? When are you gonna have some babies? You gonna drop some babies?’ … I would hate to give birth to someone that looks like me, and then, knowing that they’re gonna be hunted or killed.” —actress Tiffany Haddish

And last… “I can guarantee you if the rioters in Portland were wearing Trump hats while they burned the city down for 61 days, Democrats would agree that it’s terrorism.” —Charlie Kirk

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