Jordan Candler / June 24, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Michelle Singletary, Kathy Hochul, and more.

For the Record

“Among the media’s favorite ‘rising stars’ of the last few years: Stacey Abrams, who lied that she was cheated out of her gubernatorial election; Beto O'Rourke, who is running out of both elections to lose and New Mexican dirt to eat; and Andrew Gillum, who is under indictment.” —Ben Shapiro

“It’s clear that the ‘Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’ was written in a rush by politicians far more interested in ‘doing something’ about guns than proposing any well-considered ideas. … ‘Since the shooting, my office has received tens of thousands of calls, letters, and emails with a singular message: Do something,’ John Cornyn, the Republicans’ lead negotiator, said… ‘Not do nothing. But do something. I think we’ve found some areas where there is some space for compromise.’ Cornyn spent more time bragging about the things he rejected than championing the useful ideas he brought to the bill, because it is almost surely the case that he brought none. This bill exists so that Republicans can say they did something. Not nothing. Something.” —David Harsanyi

“We cannot lecture our way out of the trouble we were entertained into.” —Bill Whittle

Bidenflation: Circling the Wagons

“The president has been working for the past several months on doing everything that he can to give relief. We have to remember how we got here, what is the cause. You know, Putin’s war — we call it Putin’s tax hike — has caused gas prices to go up $2 per gallon.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“There’s a great deal of Americans where it is uncomfortable that they’re spending more, but they’re not going to go under. You know, you got to stop complaining. … So I’m going to need you to calm down and back off. … Overall, many Americans are not suffering as much as they think they are.” —Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary

“Voters should think carefully about what they’ll get if they cast their ballot based on gas prices. … Forty years ago, political backlash against inflation helped elect Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. As my colleague E.J. Dionne recently observed, inflation today could empower far more radical and sinister forces, in the form of politicians actively seeking to undermine democracy.” —Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell

“Come this November, will voters be more concerned with saving money than saving democracy?” —MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross

Anti-2A Demagogues

“The Supreme Court struck down a New York law that limits who can carry concealed weapons. … We do not need people entering our subways, our restaurants, our movie theaters with concealed weapons. We don’t need more guns on our streets. … I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons [in 1788] were muskets. I’m prepared to go back to muskets.” —New York Governor Kathy Hochul (“She can have eight armed guards. You? On your own…” —James Woods)

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling. … This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all. … As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. … I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.” —President Joe Biden

“Many of us are deeply concerned and troubled by the Supreme Court’s ruling today. It, I believe, defies common sense and the Constitution of the United States.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

“[The Supreme Court] is out of touch with America & faces a legitimacy crisis. The radical majority makes the NRA’s arguments for more guns on the street for ‘self-defense.’ Meanwhile, parents are trying to protect kids from being shot in school. A national tragedy.” —Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (“It is not SCOTUS’s job to be ‘in touch’ with America. It is their job to apply the constitution.” —Allie Beth Stuckey)

Anti-2A Rabble-Rousers

“Sometimes mass shooters wear robes and don’t have a gun.” —Democrat strategist Adam Parkhomenko

“It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States. The first step is for a state the ‘court’ has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling. … Also, f*** Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and the paralegal Coney Barrett.” —Keith Olbermann

“America’s response to its recent mass shootings is to make it even easier for Americans to use guns.” —Piers Morgan (“That’s not a response to mass shootings, it’s called reading the Constitution. We don’t interpret the Constitution ‘in response’ to current events, or if we do, we’re doing it totally wrong.” —Ben Shapiro)

“The latest Supreme Court decision on firearms neglects to say the one thing that they actually meant to say; for whites only.” —actor Ron Perlman (“[Clarence] Thomas, a descendant of slaves, has a section in there on how gun control laws historically aimed their restrictions at minorities. You should read it!” —David Harsanyi)

And Last…

“The Constitution was not written for the times, it was written to stand the test of times.” —Charlie Kirk

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