Jordan Candler / May 19, 2022

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Milovan Djilas, World Swimming Coaches Association, Ron DeSantis, and more.

Insight

“[Tyranny is] to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not their own.” —Milovan Djilas (1911-1995)

Upright

“The inclusion of transgender people into female sport cannot be balanced with fairness due to the retained differences in strength, stamina and physique that are present when comparing the average female with the average transgender female/non-binary person who was assigned male at birth (whether with or without the involvement of testosterone suppression). … For the sport of swimming, the inclusion of transgender people on the grounds of fairness cannot co-exist in the current competitive model. Swimming should choose to offer competition in which the female category is protected for reasons of competitive fairness.” —World Swimming Coaches Association

For the Record

“Almost 90% of Americans have said they are likely to stop using a company’s product or service if it openly advocates for a political agenda they disagree with, according to a poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action. The findings were not unique to any individual political group, as independents (82.6%), Democrats (84.5%) and Republicans (93.4%) all stated they were likely to stop using a product or service of any company that openly advocates for political agendas they disagree with, according to The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action. The respondents of the poll were also fairly split, with 39.3% claiming to be Democratic, 35.6% being Republican, and the remainder having non-partisan or other political affiliations.” —The Daily Caller

Re: Illegal Immigration

“We already start our shifts with 50% of our resources not even performing enforcement activities. They’re in administrative duties. Once this explodes, we’re going to have nearly 100% of our people doing administrative duties rather than enforcement duties. That’s going to give complete control to the cartels. That’s a scary situation to be in.” —National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd regarding Title 42 repeal

“Biden should be given an honorary membership in the Mexican drug cartels because nobody has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open-border policies.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Grand Delusions

“Neither Nina Jankowicz nor the [disinformation] board have anything to do with the censorship or with removing content from anywhere. Their role is to ensure that national security officials are updated on how misinformation is affecting … the threat environment. She has strong credentials and a history of calling out misinformation from both the left and the right. And that’s — and that’s our focus. … The board had been intentionally mischaracterized.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“All these sensationalist narratives about … what people thought the board was going to do are completely wrong. It was a coordinating mechanism. … So every characterization of the board that you’ve heard up until now has been incorrect, and frankly, it’s kind of ironic that the board itself was taken over by disinformation when it was meant to fight it.” —Nina Jankowicz

“I have prided myself over my career of being a really nuanced, reasonable person. Again, as I said, I’ve briefed and advised both Republicans and Democrats. I admire some of the steps that the Trump administration even took to combat disinformation… So to say that I’m just a partisan actor was wildly out of context.” —Nina Jankowicz

Circling the Wagons

“Gas prices aren’t bad because of anything Biden did. It’s just what he’s going to absorb. … People want baby food … that also is not on him." —"The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg

And Last…

“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi decided to give everyone in Congress a Peloton gym membership. … There are parents who are going to eight or nine stores looking for baby formula, paying for gas that you can barely afford. But instead of trying to help these struggling families, Democrats are plundering their pocketbooks to pay for Pelosi’s Peloton membership. You can’t imagine a more out-of-touch party.” —House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy

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