Jordan Candler / June 29, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tony Perkins, Lucy McBath, Philonise Floyd, and more.

For the record: “When [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark] Milley publicly apologized for standing outside of St. John’s Church with the former president, he said he shouldn’t have appeared in uniform with [Donald] Trump because it was ‘too political.’ … Critical race theory is just about the most political issue there is. If Milley truly cared about being ‘neutral,’ then he would stand up and fight this woke administration trying to radically remake our military.” —Tony Perkins

Political futures: “My immigrant and refugee friends point out that the communist playbook is really quite easy to understand. Several who lived under communist systems commented that communist revolutionaries are masters at using false fronts, whether critical race theory or social justice Marxist theories of wealth redistribution, to advance their real objective, which is one-party rule and total control of society. While my friends see this so clearly, they are dumbfounded and mystified that so many American people remain so naïve and passive in the face of cancel culture, censorship, and creeping cultural totalitarianism that is so obviously and rapidly redefining the country.” —Scott Powell

Dumb and dumber: “We’re a brand of China and for China.” —Nike CEO John Donahoe, whose wife is a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council

Delirious: “The president did mention that the American Rescue Plan … could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country. As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki further pinning violent crimes rates and police defunding on Republicans

Race bait: “A lot of the upheaval and the uprising that we’ve been experiencing since 2016, I think a lot of it is a great backlash to having President Barack Obama for eight years. I think that there are demographics of people in the country that are afraid. They are afraid of the browning of America. They are afraid that the power and authority that they have is slipping through their hands. I think what we’ve seen since 2016 has been an awakening for America. People who thought, ‘Oh, racism doesn’t really exist.’ Racism, the country was founded on racism. Racism is in every fiber of our country.” —Congresswoman Lucy McBath

Non compos mentis: “Good morning, everyone. Welcome to El Paso, welcome to my community, to the new Ellis Island, to the capital of the border.” —Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

Lack of self-awareness: “We are seeing these headlines about percentage [crime] increases. Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much, but I also want to make sure … that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context,” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose party (sarcasm alert) never exploits shootings to “drive hysteria”

Wait, what? “I just want to reiterate: not just black lives matter, all lives matter.” —Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother

And last… “The utter ingratitude with which so many Americans treat the gift they have been given in living in the United States is truly appalling.” —Ben Shapiro

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