This Week In Quotes (Double Edition)

In 2010, 38,329 people died from drug overdoses, twice the number a decade earlier. More people died of drug overdoses than from automobile accidents (30,196), murders (13,000) or gun accidents (700). — Ann Coulter

Contrary to the cliches, most drug dealers aren’t black: They’re Hispanic. In 2013, 48 percent of drug offenders in federal prison were Hispanic. Only 27 percent were black and 22 percent white. — Ann Coulter

Now, if someone is an effective Democratic leader, you would expect them to be able to pass legislation when a majority of Democrats supported it and a majority of Republicans opposed it. Indeed, if you’re a partisan Democrat, that would be almost the definition of an effective Democratic leader. Nineteen times in the last ten months this so-called Republican majority has passed legislation, has had a vote succeed where a majority of Democrats supported it and a majority of Republicans opposed it. (Mitch McConnell) has proven to be a very effective Democratic leader. — Ted Cruz

If you’re going to stand against Washington, Washington will fight back. If you stand up against the Washington cartel, you get attacked by Democrats, you get attacked by the media, you get attacked by Republicans. So anyone who says I’m never divisive, that means they’ve never stood against Washington. That’s how you are not divisive, is you don’t actually take principled stands on anything. People look back at Reagan with rose-colored glasses now and remember sunny optimism. In 1976 Reagan primaried Gerald Ford. You want to tick off Republican leadership in Washington, come within an inch of beating the incumbent Republican president in a primary. Washington politicians loathed Reagan. — Ted Cruz

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“The Democrats are laughing, because if Republicans join Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose. And you know, I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration, it doesn’t often see it as an economic issue. But I can tell you, for millions of Americans at home, watching this, it is a very personal economic issue, and I will say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande, or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation. — Ted Cruz

The conservative Heritage Foundation estimated unlawful immigrant households paid $39.2 billion in 2010, but received $93.7 billion in government services. — Oliver Darcy

Overall nearly a quarter of Californians live in poverty, the highest percentage of any state. According to a recent United Way study, almost one in three Californians is barely able to pay his or her bills. — Joel Kotkin

I don’t know what (Ben Carson is) doing, I can say that I never tried to hit my mother in any way, shape or form. — Donald Trump

Despite what they might say, there is no rational argument to support the notion that men can be women so long as they feel like women. There is no scientific proof. No evidence. Nothing. It’s a total fantasy bearing no resemblance to reality whatsoever. To make matters worse for them, they can’t even use their usual “well, maybe what we’re saying is total hogwash, but it has nothing to do with you anyway” argument. After all, they’re insisting that the we facilitate the “transgender” delusion by permitting penis-bearing men to de-robe in front of women, and that we participate in it by playing along and using the correct pronouns and even funding “gender reassignment surgery.” They want all of us to take specific action to accommodate this group. It does, therefore, affect us. — Matt Walsh

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