Jordan Candler / June 15, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Bill Maher, Karine Jean-Pierre, Sunny Hostin, and more.


“The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.” —Joseph Allen (1749-1827)

Credit Where It’s Due

“Now that we live in an age of uber-corporate responsibility where every large company in America bends over backwards to get on the politically correct side of every issue, Hollywood has to tell us — why doesn’t that include gun violence? When liberals scream, ‘Do something!’ after a mass shooting, why aren’t we also dealing with the fact that the average American kid sees 200,000 acts of violence on screens before the age of 18 and that, according to the FBI, one of the warning signs of a potential school shooter is ‘a fascination with violence-filled entertainment’? It’s funny, Hollywood is the wokest place on earth in every other area of social responsibility. … But when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence — crickets.” —Bill Maher

For the Record

“Biden’s Defense Department recently announced that it would no longer restrict HIV positive individuals from serving in the military. At the same time, the Department of Defense continues to expel healthy soldiers who refuse the COVID vaccine. How’s that for liberal priorities?” —Gary Bauer

“Lack of Beltway common sense is a big reason for the growing fear that Fed efforts to fight inflation will inevitably crush the economy. But it doesn’t have to be this way — and of course Washington is perfectly capable of both failing to limit inflation and crushing the economy.” —James Freeman

“[White House Press Secretary] Karine Jean-Pierre is asked if there are any updates on the baby formula shortage. She spends almost 20 seconds flipping through her binder before saying she has no update on it.” —Greg Price | “This is embarrassing. How is everyone in the Biden White House so awful at their jobs?” —Clay Travis

Grand Delusions

“We see the economy in a stronger place than it’s been … in decades.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“The American people are well positioned to face these challenges because of the economic historic gains that we have made … under this president in the last 16 months.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“The American Rescue Plan met the moment and it has put us in a place where we can actually … take on inflation. … In order to take this on, we gotta be in a good historic economic place, which is where we are right now.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“We have to remember where this country was more than a year ago when [Biden] walked into office. The economy was not in a great place.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“That is not a question that we should be even asking.” —Karine Jean-Pierre when asked, “Does the president has the stamina, physically and mentally, do you think to continue on even after 2024?”

The BIG Lies

“Under my plan for the economy, we’ve made extraordinary progress. We put America in a position to tackle a worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here — inflation.” —Joe Biden (“The U.S. has one of the highest inflation rates in the developed world.” —Republican National Committee)

“Families are carrying less debt nationwide. They have more savings nationwide.” —Joe Biden (“Americans have an average of $9,000 LESS in savings than last year.” —RNC)

“Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to stop my plans to bring down costs on ordinary families. That’s why my plan is not finished and why the results aren’t finished either.” —Joe Biden

“Republicans have it all backwards. Their plan literally calls for increasing taxes on middle-class and working people.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis

“I don’t want to hear any more of these lies about reckless spending. We’re changing people’s lives!” —Joe Biden (“Unfortunately he’s right. They are changing lives with $5 gas, record inflation and debts that future generations won’t be able to afford.” —Congressman Burgess Owens)

“I believe in bipartisanship. But I have no illusions about this Republican Party — the MAGA Party. I’ve been able to bring some Republicans along on parts of my plan, but the fact is, Republicans in Congress are still in the grip of the ultra-MAGA agenda.” —Joe Biden

“I travel the world trying to put things back together. You know, Trump did not leave a very good situation. You think I’m kidding? No matter where I go in the world … guess what? They look at me and I say, ‘America’s back.’ And they look at me and they say, ‘For how long?’” —Joe Biden


“[The GOP] is a group that has been radicalized by the Great Replacement myth and many other things and have been pushing for violence and pushing for even civil war. So that is what’s at stake right now in terms of this election.” —Congressman Jamaal Bowman

Braying Jenny

“I think [Florida Governor Ron DeSantis] handled COVID miserably. I think he’s a fascist and a bigot. … Those are his good points. … I like Gavin Newsom because he’s really pretty to look at, and I think he does a great job in California. I like Kamala and Pete Buttigieg. … I think the brain power alone would just obliterate Trump or DeathSantis [sic].” —"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin


“People who menstruate are saying it’s hard to find tampons on store shelves across the U.S. right now.” —NPR

And Last…

“Biden says our energy prices shouldn’t be subject to the ‘whims of dictators.’ Under Joe Biden’s policies, the U.S. has gone from a net exporter of energy to a net importer. He has made us vulnerable to the ‘whims of dictators.’” —John Cooper

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