Jordan Candler / August 2, 2021

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and more.

Insight: “It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.” —Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886)

Fact-check: True: “Bill Clinton is a pathological liar. Nixon lied too, but at least he had the decency to sweat when he did it.” —Jackie Mason

For the record: “The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.” —House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Hell freezes over: “No matter which party is in power, the government cannot be trusted to label ‘truth’ or ‘fiction’ any more than Facebook or Twitter can.” —ACLU

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “Suppose your child at this time does not want to go to college, but you’re paying taxes to forgive someone else’s obligation. You may not be happy about that.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family. … But it’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do. And [taxpayer-funded abortion is] an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.” —Nancy Pelosi

Braying jenny: “He’s such a moron.” —Nancy Pelosi regarding Kevin McCarthy

Grand delusions: “Being asked to wear a mask is perhaps not quite the huge challenge [or] burden that sometimes it’s being portrayed. Kids are pretty adaptable.” —National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, who also claims, “Wearing masks, if you’re under 12 and can’t be vaccinated when you’re in school, is a really smart thing to do.”

Demagogue: “The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether — whether it’s a nine millimeter pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.” —Joe Biden

A trip down memory lane: “The frustration is … the freedom of speech … largely cannot be regulated. But yes, we have to do more to monitor hate speech on the Internet.” —ATF nominee David Chipman in 2019

Nope: “We are also continuing to call on President Biden to use his existing legal authority to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt. … All President Biden has to do is flick his pen and sign it.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lie: “This whole issue on race, and all this activity we see going on in elementary schools all about Critical Race Theory — theory is the operative word. We do not teach theory in elementary schools. … Come clean to the American people and let them know this is a red herring.” —Congressman James Clyburn

Race bait: “Even what we consider to be violence, even what we consider to be crime is highly racialized. And therefore, what neighborhoods we consider to be criminal-like and dangerous becomes highly racialized.” —Ibram X. Kendi

Grievance industrialist: “I’ll represent the oppressed people. That’s been my message for the last three years.” —Olympian Gwen Berry, notorious for turning her back on the American flag, prefacing her protest machination if she medals this week

And last… “The new CDC mask guidance is the final political nail into the credibility coffin of public health.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

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