May 25, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Hillary Clinton, Aisha C. Mills, Cori Bush, and more.

Dumb & Dumber

“Ron DeSantis’s ultra-MAGA Florida isn’t safe for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or even multi-billion dollar corporations.” —Hillary Clinton

“Florida’s about to be a terrorist state to many of us here in America. Certainly as a lesbian, as a black woman, I don’t want to have anything to do with the place.” —Democrat strategist Aisha C. Mills

“Report: Ron DeSantis Will Formally Announce His 2024 Bid With Elon Musk, Because Apparently David Duke Wasn’t Available.” —Vanity Fair headline

“I think [wokeness is] just good business … and it’s the right thing for society and it’s the great thing for our brand. The things we’ve done from a DEI standpoint, it’s adding value. It’s helping us drive sales. It’s building greater engagement with both our teams and our guests. And those are just the right things for our business today.” —Target CEO Brian Cornell

The BIG Lies

“I can only imagine the number of my constituents who are unknowingly being poisoned by their gas stove.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO)

“The President has been engaging or trying to engage with Republicans for months now. For months. He put out his budget on March 9th.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“The number of unlawful border crossing[s] has plummeted since our plan went into full effect just about almost two weeks ago. … That is important because … the actions that we’ve put forward is [sic] actually working.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“My son was a major in the U.S. Army. We lost him in Iraq.” —Joe Biden (“In fact, the president’s son died of brain cancer in 2015 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.” —New York Post)

Non Compos Mentis

“‘Rob,’ My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not! (per my conversation with Kim Jung Un, of North Korea, soon to become my friend!).” —Donald Trump in a post after Ron DeSantis announced his 2024 candidacy (“Nobody thinks this is sane; they’re just afraid to admit it.” —political analyst and Claremont Institute fellow David Reaboi responding to the confusing comment)

For the Record

“The 14th Amendment gambit is a red herring. In the 155 years since the amendment was ratified, no president has ever attempted to use it as a justification to bypass Congress and borrow money. How would such non-authorized bonds even be issued? And what investor in his right mind would buy them? No: The only option is the constitutional one. It took an act of Congress to raise the debt ceiling to its current level of $31.4 trillion; it will take another act of Congress to raise it again.” —Jeff Jacoby

“It’s not my fault that the Democrats today have become so extreme, so far to the socialist wing, that they are now opposed to work requirements, that they are now opposed to saving one dollar less than you spent the year before.” —House Speaker Kevin McCarthy


“The legacy media — instead of re-examining their own biases and asking just why candidates of the Right refuse to appear on their air — have decided to target Musk and Twitter. They suggest that Musk is the newest threat to the republic — after all, if he weren’t, would DeSantis be using Twitter for his launch? Conservatives no longer need the approval of reporters at The New York Times. They no longer need to suffer the indignities of skewed grilling at the hands of partisan hacks who work for the alphabet networks. Times have changed. And DeSantis’ Twitter launch is just the latest evidence.” —Ben Shapiro

“While the NAACP was warning people this weekend to avoid traveling to Florida, 22 people, most of them minorities, were shot in Chicago. It wasn’t a particularly unusual weekend in Chicago, a city run entirely by Democrats. The NAACP has never issued a travel advisory urging minorities to think twice about visiting Chicago, where black women, children and young black men are routinely shot and killed every single weekend. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.” —Gary Bauer

“BLM raised $90 million after the George Floyd riots and are now on the verge of bankruptcy less than three years later. Congrats to everyone who felt enough ‘white guilt’ to give that organization their money.” —Michael Seifert

And Last…

“I think there is a cult that will lie, cheat, and steal. So they’ll come to you and pretend like there’s a debate to trick you into debating them because they know that you’ll operate in good faith. … They’re just lying about everything. They know the difference between boys and girls — they’re just trying to destroy the system.” —Tim Pool

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