Jordan Candler / Nov. 2, 2020

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matt Taibbi, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters, James Clyburn, and more.

Insight: “This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “The whole point is that the press loses its way when it cares more about who benefits from information than whether it’s true.” —Matt Taibbi

Picking fights on the campaign trail… Trump: “He’s not a big guy. A slight slap — you wouldn’t have to close your fist.” Biden: “When you were in high school, wouldn’t you have liked to take a shot?”

Verbal gymnastics: “I’ll lead an effective strategy to mobilize trunalimunumaprzure isolated punish China.” —Joe Biden, who later declared, “Barack and I think it’s a right to have badakathcare.”

Keen sense of the obvious: “The president is not going to steal this election.” —Joe Biden

Alpha jackass: “To beat the virus, first we gotta beat Donald Trump. He’s the virus.” —Joe Biden

Race bait: “I don’t even know where any blacks would be coming from that would be voting for Trump. It just hurts me so bad to see blacks talking about supporting Trump. I don’t know why they would be doing it. I don’t know why it is on their minds. … He is not doing anything for us. For those black young men who think somehow they can align themselves with Trump, not only are they terribly mistaken, any of them showing their face, I will never ever forgive them for undermining the possibility to help their own people and their own communities.” —Rep. Maxine Waters

Greasing the skids: “The only way, in my opinion, for Joe Biden not to be successful on Tuesday is for voter suppression to be successful.” —House Majority Whip James Clyburn (“They’re getting set up for mass protests and charges that Trump stole the election if he wins. And this will be driven by the Democratic elite.” —Keith Koffler)

True colors: “The problem with [equality] — not everybody’s starting out from the same place. … It’s about giving people the resources and support they need so that everyone can be on equal footing, and then compete on equal footing. Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place.” —Kamala Harris (“So she’s openly making the argument that inequality of outcome is in and of itself inequity. Which is called communism.” —Ben Shapiro)

And last… “If you think electing Biden will save our collective soul, get a little God in your life.” —Ben Shapiro

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