Ted Cruz Just Cooked Up The Most Absurd Spin On The Shutdown
Amid the longest government shutdown in US history, the majority of Americans say Donald Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress, according to a newly released CNN poll. But that fact is not stopping Sen. Ted Cruz (R-texas) from pushing an alternative reality.
During an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press, Cruz said Democrats are holding federal workers hostage by not ending the shutdown and refusing to vote on issues that they’ve moved on in the past.
“Here’s the ridiculous thing about the position of Senate Democrats,” the Texas Republican told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. “This is not substantive. They voted for it before. [Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and every single Democrat in the Senate in 2013 and voted for 350 miles of additional border fencing and border security.
When asked why the government can’t be reopened and the Homeland Security debate put aside, Cruz said Democrats are playing politics and holding federal workers “hostage” in the meantime.
“There is a difference between one side, the Democrats, who are saying, ‘We will not move, we will not compromise, we will not negotiate’ — and the other side, the president, who is saying, ‘I’m happy to negotiate,’ and what he’s proposing, the Democrats have already voted for.“They’re playing politics because they hate [President Donald] Trump and that’s not a good enough reason for Chuck Schumer and the Democrats to shut down the government.”
Of course, that’s a lie. Donald Trump publicly boasted that he would “proudly” shut down the government over the border wall.
Trump has been criticized for creating an artificial crisis is aimed to distract from the looming Russia investigation.
Cruz also said that Trump can’t be held responsible for the fact that Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are “being political,” ignoring the fact that over the course of the previous two years that Republicans controlled of both chambers of Congress.
Talk about alternative facts.