Ted Cruz‘s epic battle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor flowed onto the Fox News set Monday when two influential personalities called out the Texas senator for not going after Donald Trump in the name of party solidarity — but being willing to attack one of his own party’s leaders.
On Fox News’ “Special Report” Monday, commentator Brit Hume accused Cruz of hypocrisy.
“He insisted his stance was born of fidelity to the so-called 11th commandment, made famous by Ronald Reagan, thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” Hume said.
“Two days later, Cruz was on the Senate floor calling Republican leader McConnell a liar,” Hume said. “It may have shown Cruz to be an obvious hypocrite, but for one day, at least, he Trumped Trump, and that means mission accomplished.”
Hume was referring to a floor speech Friday when Cruz accused McConnell of misleading him and other Republicans before a vote involving the Export-Import Bank. The public fight continued during a rare session Sunday, when Cruz was criticized — though not by name — by Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the most senior Republican in the body.
Later in the show, conservative columnist and author Charles Krauthammer agreed.
“I think Brit Hume was entirely right that it is an act of rather amazing hypocrisy to refuse to attack Trump on the grounds – and these are the grounds that Cruz invoked – of not wanting to attack another Republican, and then, within a few hours or days, to get on the floor of the Senate and to call your own party’s leader a liar,” he said.
Both analysts called it it a strategic move by Cruz to court Trump supporters if Trump should leave the race.
Cruz is building a campaign based on standing apart from the Washington Republican establishment. When he’s drawing fire from political figures like McConnell and Hatch, and media names like Krauthammer and Hume, he’s standing about as far apart from it as he can get.
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