Jordan Candler / August 5, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jill Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Dr. Susan Philip, and more.


“If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.” —Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)

For the Record

“I suspect what happened with Brittney Griner is she became massively entitled in this country — ‘I’m black, I’m a lesbian and I’m a leftist, so I’m a superior person and basically above the law.’ Then she discovered, to her astonishment, that other countries don’t see it that way!” —Dinesh D'Souza

The BIG Lies

“Despite what some folks are saying, the Inflation Reduction Act makes sure that no one earning less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in federal taxes.” —President Joe Biden

“They actually weren’t. … That’s just factually not true.” —Biden energy adviser Amos Hochstein when told gas prices “were going up before” Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine (“When Joe Biden took office, gas was at $2.39/gal. On Feb. 24 — the day Russia invaded Ukraine — gas was $3.54/gal.” —Republican National Committee)

Grand Delusions

“It’s a tough time in history. And Joe and I see that. I think that’s the reason he was elected. He’s steady, he’s strong, he has wisdom, he knows politics, and he knows where he wants to take the country. Sometimes it feels like we’re pushing this boulder up the hill, but progress is being made. … I wish people could see more of what Joe has accomplished and how hard he’s working.” —Jill Biden

“What if we treated that teacher with the respect that she has earned? … We don’t need to tell her what version of history she is allowed to teach in a classroom. We don’t need to scare the parents of those kids before her about something called CRT that I’ve never heard of before last year.” —Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke

Non Compos Mentis Award

“Latinx men, Latino men in San Francisco are disproportionately impacted [by monkeypox]. So we’re working with our community organizations to give them appointment slots where people don’t have to wait in line. And we are trying to achieve vaccine equity that way.” —San Francisco Public Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip

And Last…

“America is suffering from a shortage of liberty, not a shortage of IRS agents.” —Ohio State Senator Michael Rulli

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