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Jordan Candler / August 10, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Mike Pompeo, Marco Rubio, Andrew Yang, Whoopi Goldberg, and more.

Insight

“To the extent that the West is to blame at all for the ills of the Third World it is to the extent that the West created Marx and his successors, among whom must be numbered many of those who advised the Third World leaders in post-war years.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

For the Record

“In 2016, Donald Trump’s election doomed Merrick Garland’s shot at a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Four years later, Garland oversaw a raid on the former president’s personal home. The Department of Justice refused to confirm that Attorney General Garland had personally signed off on Monday’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach home, but it seems impossible that such an outrageous move could be made without approval from the top. Since Garland hasn’t fired every agent involved and proclaimed their disgrace from the rooftops, it’s safe to assume the raid had Garland’s blessing — in which case, it was one of the most glaring acts of political revenge in recent memory.” —Elle Reynolds

“Rather than leave the Republican Party to its own devices, rather than have faith that people can make decisions for themselves, the FBI — not some rogue agent, not some states attorney, not some local official looking to make a name, the F.B.-effing-I. — seems determined to fulfill the worst conspiracy theories about their behavior in a very public way. It’s too bad Alex Jones is so busy, or he’d be having a field day with this. I think we can make no assumptions that this is anything but exactly what it looks like: an underhanded, unprecedented, utterly irresponsible deployment of federal power against a former president undertaken out of fear that he could soon announce he is running again. It is meant to serve as a threat to him and a warning to his supporters. It is a preface to an indictment, undertaken in the Democrat-dominated climate of D.C., to prevent him from holding office again." —Ben Domenech

"I share the deep concern of millions of Americans over the unprecedented search of the personal residence of President Trump. No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history. After years where FBI agents were found to be acting on political motivation during our administration, the appearance of continued partisanship by the Justice Department must be addressed. [Monday’s] action undermines public confidence in our system of justice and Attorney General Garland must give a full accounting to the American people as to why this action was taken and he must do so immediately.” —former Vice President Mike Pence

“Executing a warrant against ex-POTUS is dangerous. The apparent political weaponization of DOJ/FBI is shameful. AG must explain why 250 yrs of practice was upended w/ this raid. I served on Benghazi [Committee] where we proved Hillary possessed classified info. We didn’t raid her home.” —former CIA Director Mike Pompeo

“You think those 87,000 new IRS agents are just for show? Look at what the DOJ did [Monday] night to President Trump, while it slow-rolls and looks the other way on Hunter Biden. If they will go after a former President, they will go after you.” —Mike Pompeo

“Never in my lifetime did I think I would see an American law enforcement agency be run and weaponized like the FBI… This is a frightening development in our modern political arena. This is the way of Mao and Castro, not Washington and Lincoln.” —former HUD Secretary Ben Carson

“The FBI raid was unprecedented for America, but familiar to those in Florida who fled nations where political opposition was criminalized. If voters put us back in the majority we better have the guts to subpoena the records & make those who authorized this testify under oath.” —Senator Marco Rubio

“A stunning move by the DOJ and FBI. This same DOJ labeled parents in Loudoun County as terrorists and failed to enforce federal law to protect Justices in their homes. Selective, politically motivated actions have no place in our democracy.” —Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin

“It’s unprecedented on a number of levels, the most obvious being that no president has every been subject to this type of raid. It’s also rare under this particular law. The Presidential Records Act is not a heavily enforced law. It is rarely used for criminal prosecution.” —constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley

“They impeached Trump … for a phone call with Zelensky where the president did nothing wrong. If you think the libs aren’t low enough to prosecute Trump for some bureaucratic National Archives nonsense, you’re not paying attention.” —Buck Sexton

“Eric Swalwell, who was sitting on the House intelligence committee, literally slept with a Chinese spy and he hasn’t been raided by the FBI.” —Caleb Hull

“The FBI searching Donald Trump’s home but taking a pass on everyone who was involved with Jeffrey Epstein tells you everything you need to know about those corrupt losers.” —Caleb Hull

“If Donald Trump did take something, he should have hidden it under Hunter’s pile of hookers and blow. No one ever looks there.” —Brittany Hughes

Blind Squirrels Find a Nut

“I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment. This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as unjust persecution.” —former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang

“DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.” —former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

“This is a daring and dangerous move by the Department of Justice to serve a warrant on a former president and to raid his personal residence.” —CNN legal analyst Paul Callan

Non Compos Mentis Awards

“The weather may be out of our control for now, but it’s not beyond our control.” —President Joe Biden

“God made us smart enough to know when it wasn’t going to work for us. That’s the beauty of giving us freedom of choice. I also know that God made me smart enough to know that if there are alternatives out there that can work for me, I will investigate them.” —"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg (“The idea that God would simply leave matters of life and death up to his creation — his children whom he calls to die to self and live for him, all while placing others before themselves — is so painstakingly wrongheaded it’s hard to know where to start. … People weren’t designed to be the arbiters of our own truth. We were made to follow a divinely designed creation, order and purpose.” —Billy Hallowell)

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