Ted Cruz is turning the tables.
Apparently fed up with years of Democrats getting away with calling Republicans extremist, the Texas senator went out of his way in an interview with Breitbart to set the record straight.
Under the leadership of twin ideologues Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it’s the other party that’s really the outlier in American politics – which is why they’re looking at getting booted out of power in the Senate in two months.
“Unfortunately the Senate Democrats have become an extreme party,” Cruz told Breitbart during the Liberty Political Action Conference in Alexandria, Va. The interview aired Saturday on Sirius XM Patriot.
“They have become a party that has abdicated their responsibilities. Under Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats, we have a do-nothing Senate. There are over 350 bills the House of Representatives has passed and they’re all sitting on Harry Reid’s desk. He will not allow a vote on them.”
Two bills Cruz introduced in the Senate are good examples. The failure of both made for “a dark day” in Senate history, Cruz said.
The first would have allowed the government to revoke the citizenship of any American who chose to fight against his own country by joining the terrorist group known as Islamic State – an idea so sensible even Dems should be able to understand it.
“We’re not going to allow ISIS terrorists to come back to this country with a U.S. passport and walk in freely and commit acts of terror murdering Americans here at home,” Cruz said. “This ought to be an issue that brings everyone together.”
It didn’t bring together Senate Democrats, who wouldn’t even allow it to come up for debate.
The second would have blocked President Obama from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allowed him to essentially grant amnesty to millions as a way of pandering to Hispanic voters before the 2012 election.
Five Senate Democrats – running for their survival in New Hampshire, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas and Louisiana — joined Republicans to support Cruz’s bill. Democrats under Reid’s leadership killed it with a bare majority.
Nail-biting votes like that are why the November vote to give the GOP control of the Senate is so important.
“In my view, it makes the decision very easy for the American people,” Cruz said.
“If you support amnesty, you should vote for the Democrats. If you support rule of law, if you don’t want to see the president illegally and unconstitutionally granting amnesty to 5 or 6 million more [illegal immigrants], the direct thing you can do is work between now and election day to defeat Senate Democrats and to retire Harry Reid as majority leader.”
That will be a bright day indeed.
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