May 19, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Hakeem Jeffries, Dan Goldman, Cori Bush, and more.

Grand Delusions

“I haven’t had the opportunity to closely review the Durham report, but as far as I can tell, this is another example, generally, of right-wing conservatives, in terms of their reaction to it, trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

“You want to talk about a waste of time and money, the John Durham investigation is an embarrassment, and it should go down as one of the biggest abuses of power and wastes of money in the Department of Justice’s history.” —Congressman Dan Goldman (D-NY)

The BIG Lies

“The notion that [Republicans] want to now lecture us in the context of trying to avoid a default about so-called work requirements is extreme and irresponsible.” —Hakeem Jeffries

“We find ourselves in the midst of a GOP manufactured default crisis because House Republicans have chosen to try and hold our economy, our small businesses, everyday Americans hostage to unreasonable ransom demands.” —Hakeem Jeffries

“[Kevin McCarthy] put us in a position where he is taking the American economy hostage.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Race Bait

“The United States has a moral and legal obligation to provide reparations for the enslavement of Africans. … Black people in our country cannot wait any longer for our government to begin addressing each and every one of the extraordinary bits of harm … it has caused since the founding.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO)

For the Record

“There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding at the heart of our current immigration debate. We keep hearing about needing an ‘orderly process’ to get the migrants into our country, ‘building lawful pathways,’ and helping the migrants bypass coyotes. … Why does the administration imagine it has to negotiate with illegal immigrants? We’re not obliged to negotiate with foreigners who have no right to make any demands on us — and, by the way, who have no negotiating power. … What on Earth are foreigners on our border offering? The situation is more like a complete stranger walking up to you on the street and demanding you give him $5,000.” —Ann Coulter

“It would be a welcome turn if brown and black Americans grew to realize that illegal immigration hurts them worst of all — not only by siphoning off social services from those who need them most, but also by cheapening the cost of labor and thereby depressing the wages of lower-income workers. Perhaps that’s a message worth delivering repeatedly on the campaign trail between now and November 2024.” —Douglas Andrews

“CBP reports 16 people on the FBI’s terror watchlist were arrested by Border Patrol at the Southern border in April alone. That single month is more than all four years of FY17, FY18, FY19, and FY20 — combined (11).” —Bill Melugin

Political Futures

“I have nothing personal against [Trump]… I just don’t think he’s the right leader for the Republican Party going forward. I think people who want to restore America should look for a big victory that brings strength into the Congress and allows us to achieve some fundamental changes. And I don’t think he’s capable of delivering that kind of victory.” —former Attorney General William Barr

Re: The Left

“In our culture, men are called toxic, dangerous, unreliable, and bullies. Even the American Psychological Association essentially describes masculinity as a disease. Men are the sum of all evil. They commit the majority of the crimes, especially violent crimes. It is also generally men who start wars. The leftist worldview sees masculinity as the problem and seeks to feminize them. The feminization of men only leads to weak men. As political pundit Allie Beth Stuckey put it in a video for PragerU, ‘In a world of wickedness, weak men are nothing more than enablers of wicked men.’” —Emmy Griffin

And Last…

“Biden first should heal his own racism before he fabricates it in others.” —Victor Davis Hanson

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