Jordan Candler / June 30, 2022

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Mike Pompeo, AOC, Chelsea Handler, and more.

For the Record

“In 2016, Hillary falsely claimed that Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election. Then spied on his rival presidential campaign — and even spied on him as the President of the United States. Then unleashed a bogus investigation to hobble his presidency. ‘Democracy!’ Hillary still claims Trump was an illegitimate president. Democrats objected to GOP wins in 1968 (Nixon), 2000 & 2004 (Bush 43), & Trump (2016).” —Mike Davis, former law clerk to Justice Gorsuch

“Interestingly, the justice who wrote Roe, Harry Blackmun, expected the ruling to have limited effect and never intended for it to be construed as giving women a "right” to an abortion, let alone one on demand and up to and including the third trimester. We know this because years after Blackmun’s death, his personal writings became public. Blackmun, a former general counsel for the Mayo Clinic, wanted doctors to determine what Blackmun anticipated would be rare instances in which an abortion would be medically necessary, as determined by the woman’s doctor. In 2005, the Los Angeles Times wrote about the release of Blackmun’s private papers in an article called ‘Roe Ruling: More Than Its Author Intended.’ Staff writer David Savage wrote: ‘Blackmun proposed to issue a news release to accompany the decision, issued Jan. 22, 1973. “I fear what the headlines may be,” he wrote in a memo. His statement, never issued, emphasized that the court was not giving women “an absolute right to abortion,” nor was it saying that the “Constitution compels abortion on demand.”’ Blackmun wrote that abortion ‘must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician’ based upon a doctor’s consideration of ‘all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.’ If there is any doubt that the Court expected Roe to change little about abortion, the day of the Roe decision, Chief Justice Warren Burger said, ‘Plainly, the court today rejects any claim that the Constitution requires abortion on demand.’“ —Larry Elder

"Now with Roe overturned, we will see which politicians supported the pro-life cause to win elections, and which actually believed it.” —former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Demagogues

“The most important thing to be clear about is we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law and the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be provided an exception for this … to the filibuster.” —Joe Biden

“The federal government needs to be exploring what they can do to make federal lands available to help ensure access to abortion.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren

“The Supreme Court has engaged in the overreaching of its authority in denying the human and civil rights of any pregnant person or person that could become pregnant in the United States of America. They have engaged in overreach, and it is the responsibility of the president and Congress to put the Supreme Court in check because they have delegitimized themselves.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Folks, let’s get one thing straight: The ultra-MAGA agenda has always been about taking away women’s rights, in every single state.” —President Joe Biden

Braying Jenny

“Let’s talk about what it means to be pro-life. Universal healthcare, that’s pro-life. Restricting guns, that’s also pro-life. Fighting climate change, that’s also pro-life. Listening to doctors during a pandemic, also pro-life. Not forcing women to give birth like livestock, pro-life. … Calling Republicans pro-life is like calling O.J. Simpson pro-wife.” —"comedian" Chelsea Handler

And Last…

“BREAKING: Air Force One’s pilot will testify today that Trump grabbed the yoke of the aircraft to perform a flawless barrel roll.” —Joel Berry

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