Jordan Candler / September 8, 2021

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tony Blair, Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, Gavin Newsom, and more.

Insight: “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority. ” —Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

“[Biden] destroyed 20 years’ work in less than 24 hours. Biden is the most incompetent president in the history of the United States. He has befriended terrorists. The White House is not a friend to the West. It’s a danger while he is president. We believe Biden is more of a threat to the West than the Taliban ever was. Without a shadow of a doubt. He betrayed us.” —British Special Operations Staff Sgt. Trevor Coult (Ret.)

“Islamism, both the ideology and the violence, is a first order security threat and, unchecked, it will come to us, even if centered far from us, as 9/11 demonstrated. … For me, one of the most alarming developments of recent times has been the sense that the West lacks the capacity to formulate strategy. That its short-term political imperatives have simply squeezed the space for long-term thinking. It is this sense more than anything else, in my judgement, which gives our allies anxiety and our opponents a belief our time is over.” —former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Friendly fire: “I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction. I expect the White House and State Department to do everything in their power, absolutely everything, to make this happen. These are American citizens and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind.” —Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal

Lack of self-awareness: “One of the enemies of public health is disinformation.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

D'oh! “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.” —Joe Biden, October 15, 2020 | “Daily U.S. COVID cases up more than 300% from Labor Day last year.” —New York Daily News, September 7, 2021

Hot air: “I think the country’s finally acknowledged the fact that global warming is real, and it’s moving at an incredible pace. We’ve got to do something about it.” —Joe Biden

Verbal gymnastics: “When I talk about building back better, I mean, you can’t build to what it was before this last storm. You’ve got to build better, so if the storm occurred again, there would be no damage — there would be. But that’s not going to stop us though. Because if we just do that, it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse, because the storms are going to get worse and worse and worse.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie I: “I’m still focused on trying to get some of those brave Afghans out. The Americans, all of whom wanted to come out, have come out, praise God.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lie II: "Middle-class families in Texas pay more taxes than middle-class Californians. Look that up. That’s a fact! I don’t know why that doesn’t get more damn attention.“ —Governor Gavin Newsom

The BIG Lie III: "Jobless Americans will have few options as benefits expire.” —AP headline (“There are over ten million available jobs right now, the most in our nation’s history. Just spitballing, but getting a job seems like a decent option here.” —Clay Travis)

Dezinformatsiya: “Schools become political ‘battlefield’ in culture wars Trump cultivated.” —NBC News headline

Braying jenny: “Between Republicans who don’t respect the rules and the laws and are willing to cheat and willing to do whatever it takes and now the courts being on their side and there now being a solid majority of them who want to enact hyper right-wing, basically evangel — you know, a certain type of evangelical rule over us, which is Talibanism, right? ‘This is our sect and you will live by our sect whether you want to be a part of it or not.’ That scares me. Because if the court is willing to do that, where do we go from here if we don’t expand the court?” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Non compos mentis: “One option would be for Biden to federalize doctors — hire a federal force of doctors, send them into Texas to protect people’s constitutional rights. Because the Texas law is only enforceable through private civil action, federal employees are protected from private civil lawsuits through the doctrine of qualified immunity. … There’s also federal enclave law. That would allow military bases to basically perform medical services without being sued by, again, private citizens.” —The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal

Grand delusions: “[Republicans are] not pro-life. They’re pro-birth. And what do they do? They run away. They want nothing to do with it.” —Governor Gavin Newsom

Village idiot I: “I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.” —actress Bette Midler

Village idiot II: “BAREFOOT & PREGNANT, WOMEN AT THE MERCY OF TYRANTS !! WOMEN WILL DIE FROM BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS, SAME AS BEFORE ROE V WADE !! POOR WOMEN WILL BE HIT THE HARDEST !! … DEMOCRACY WILL WITHER & DIE,& DICTATORS WILL THRIVE.” —singer Cher

And last… “In the Biden Administration’s America, it’s open borders for everyone but Americans.” —Mike Pompeo

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