Jordan Candler / May 17, 2022

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, Piers Morgan, Jeff Bezos, Liz Cheney, and more.


“A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

For the Record

“When a black supremacist committed a massacre at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, the President of the United States refused to visit the victims. Nearly a month after the attack, he sent his wife for a photo op. Biden will be in Buffalo personally on Tuesday.” —Matt Walsh

“‘Everyone who says things I don’t like is responsible for mass shootings’ is the predicate for ‘everyone who says things I don’t like must be stopped from talking.’ That’s the game. And the media are playing it to the hilt.” —Ben Shapiro

“Bernie Sanders is not responsible for the Congressional baseball shooting. Barack Obama is not responsible for the mass shooting of Dallas police officers. And Tucker Carlson is not responsible for the Buffalo massacre.” —Ben Shapiro

“You compare and contrast [Queen Elizabeth] at the age of 96 with Joe Biden at the age of 78, and, frankly, it is embarrassing. She looks to have far more energy and life about her than the president does.” —Piers Morgan

Credit Where It’s Due

“The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead. Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection.” —Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to Joe Biden, who remarked: “You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.”

“In fact, the administration tried hard to inject even more stimulus into an already over-heated, inflationary economy and only [Joe] Manchin saved them from themselves. Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn’t help the country.” —Jeff Bezos

“They understandably want to muddy the topic. They know inflation hurts the neediest the most. But unions aren’t causing inflation and neither are wealthy people. Remember the Administration tried their best to add another $3.5 TRILLION to federal spending. They failed, but if they had succeeded, inflation would be even higher than it is today, and inflation today is at a 40 year high.” —Jeff Bezos

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. … GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.” —Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, apparently confusing the history of the Republican Party with that of the racist Democrat Party

Spin Doctor

“Would a Medicare-for-all health care system be expensive? Yes. But, while providing comprehensive health care for all, it would be significantly LESS costly than our current dysfunctional system because it would eliminate an enormous amount of the bureaucracy, profiteering, administrative costs and misplaced priorities inherent in our current for-profit system. … In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Medicare for All would save Americans $650 billion a year.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

Verbal Gymnastics

“When it comes to the climate crisis … we will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements that we will convene to work together on, to galvanize global action. … I know we will work on this together.” —VP Kamala Harris

And Last…

“I will absolutely leave the Court when I do my job as poorly as you [the media] do yours.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

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