Jordan Candler / April 29, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Elon Musk, Matt Walsh, Joe Scarborough, and more.

Insight

“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.” —Voltaire (1694-1778)

Upright

“For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally.” —Elon Musk (“Objecting to Twitter becoming politically neutral is to admit that it isn’t.” —Seth Dillon)

“There’s a total disregard for any type of resolution other than white cop, black suspect. Black Lives Matter has no other agenda. It’s not designed to work and resolve the problem. It’s designed to raise money playing the race card.” —civil rights attorney Leo Terrell

For the Record

“There is no such thing as student debt forgiveness. The burden is not forgiven but rather transferred from the people who took out the loans to people who did not.” —Matt Walsh

“So many Americans have worked to pay off their own student loans. Now you’re going to tell them that they will have to pay off other people’s debts? There’s nothing fair about that.” —former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

“Forgiving student loans is a great way to slap everyone in the face who took out a loan with the intent of paying it back. Punishing people who worked their [butts] off to pay off their loans is quite the strategy.” —Caleb Hull

Exuding Weakness

“I’m also sending to Congress a comprehensive package of, uh, that will enhance our underlying effort to accommodate the Russian oligarchs, uh, and make sure we take their — take their ill-begotten gains. Heh. We’re gonna accommodate them. We’re gonna seize their yachts, their luxury homes, and other ill-begotten gains of Putin’s kleptocri- k- uh, eh, yeah, kleptocracy- klep- — the guys who are the kleptocracies. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. But these are bad guys.” —Joe Biden

“I’m not concerned about a recession. … What you’re seeing is enormous growth in the country that was affected by everything from COVID and the COVID blockages that occurred along the way.” —Joe Biden

Yellow Journalism

“The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, but strong consumer spending and continued business investment suggested that the recovery remained resilient.” —The New York Times

“We will see how things go in 2022. Because these 2022 elections, they’re not a referendum on Joe Biden. They’re not a referendum on Nancy Pelosi. They’re not a referendum on Chuck Schumer. They’re really a referendum on the Republican Party. … Republican voters have to decide where they want to go. Do they want to move back towards the views of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher? Or do they want to move in a more neofascist direction, a direction they were going that of course culminated on January 6?” —MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

And Last…

“The political party that believes men can be women and women can be men is worried about disinformation.” —Lisa Boothe

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