March 30, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Vivek Ramaswamy, Christopher Rufo, Clay Higgins, and more.


“While we saw the worst of humanity, we also saw the best of humanity: in the police officers who ran into danger directly toward a killer with no regard for their own lives. Gratitude does not begin to cover it, for the utter selflessness of putting their lives between the killer and the innocent.” —Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

“There is hope in the midst of great tragedy because God is a Redeemer. What is meant for evil can be turned for good. May we grieve in the days ahead, but not without hope. May we also act with wisdom, discernment, and grace. And may we love, especially those who have lost.” —Bill Lee

For the Record

“The legacy media have a preset narrative machine when it comes to mass shootings. That narrative machine takes into account the identities of the shooter and the victims, and then churns out an explanation for the shooting. White shooter, black victims: systemic racism. Black shooter, white victims: alienation caused by systemic racism. Muslim shooter, gay victims: Christian homophobia. … But if we truly wish to prevent future acts of violence by unhinged lunatics, we ought to utilize a lens other than the lie of victimhood.” —Ben Shapiro

“If gender dysphoria is a source of great suffering, then why on earth are we going out of our way to create more of it? Answer: it makes a small number of insecure progressive adults feel better about themselves. Gender dysphoria is a disorder, let’s stop pretending otherwise.” —Vivek Ramaswamy

“BLM, Antifa, and radical trans activists are animated by different categories — race, class, gender — but their most ardent supporters share the same psychological profile and the same ultimate desire: revenge.” —Christopher Rufo

“There’s no such thing as gun violence; there’s only human violence … And the number one cause of death for children in America remains abortion.” —Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA)


“If we really want to keep our children safe, we need to spend less time banning books and more time stopping the horrific gun violence in our schools.” —former Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“[Republicans’] political survival is nothing compared to the survival of our children in their schools, in their playgrounds, wherever they happen to be.” —Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“We renew our call for commonsense gun safety legislation, including a ban on assault weapons. … And how many lives will be shattered before we have the courage to do what Scotland did, what Australia did, what New Zealand did, what other great democracies do?” —American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten

“When babies die at a church school, it is time for us to move beyond thoughts and prayers.” —Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black

The BIG Lie

“I’m a Second Amendment guy.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis

“Shooter Audrey Hale’s parents ‘couldn’t accept’ their daughter’s trans identity: report.” —New York Post (“Her parents refused to accept the delusional lie that their daughter was a man, so by progressive logic, they’re now responsible for her murder of Christian school kids.” —Ben Shapiro)

“Nashville shooting exploited by right to escalate anti-trans rhetoric.” —The Washington Post (“Nashville shooting exploited by left to escalate anti-gun rhetoric.” There, we fixed it.)

“When I listen to Christopher Wray, the head of the FBI, he said white supremacy is the biggest domestic threat to this country, and so as a woman of color with a … black kid in college and a … black kid in high school, I don’t see that part of American exceptionalism. I’m sorry. I think this country has a lot of problems that could be solved. Yes, maybe they’re putting Muslims in jail in Afghanistan, I think you mentioned? In China? They’re putting a lot more black people in jail here.” —"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin

Political Futures

“Trump is the one who needs to get the nomination because then the Democrats will win.” —ABC’s Joy Behar

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