Sen. Ted Cruz revealed what he said is the real reason why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat leadership refuse to negotiate with President Donald Trump to re-open the federal government.
Speaking to Blaze TV, Cruz was asked about Pelosi’s decision to postpone the State of the Union address while the government was shutdown and he offered the expected response, that Democrats do not want the president taking his case before the American people — a good sign that polling may suggest the Democrats’ stance is precarious.
But he began with a more astute observation, which is that Pelosi is “terrified” by the likes of Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and other hard-left members of the party — who can forget that AOC joined in on a protest taking place IN Pelosi’s office on her very first day on Capitol Hill.
“Nancy Pelosi is terrified, number one, of her extreme left-wing base. She is captive of them,” the Texas Republican said. “And number two, the position of congressional Democrats in the shutdown is objectively unreasonable.”
He went on to explain in 2013, “[Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and every Senate Democrat voted in favor of 350 miles of border wall.”
“They have, right now, shut the government down to stop 234 miles of border wall,” Cruz added, saying he doesn’t know how they can explain that.
“That is incoherent,” he said.
“The honest answer, it’s not a substantive disagreement, they are terrified of their extreme left wing, who hates Trump,” Cruz concluded. “And that’s why we’re having the shutdown.”
Cruz’s observation mirrors a warning conservative actor James Woods recently made about the “most dangerous person in America.” That person being newly-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 18, 2019
As for Pelosi not wanting the State of the Union to go forward, the lawmaker explained it’s because the event will be “an enormous platform for the president to speak directly to the American people and she doesn’t want people focusing on the substantives of this issues.”
Cruz took a swipe at the media in commenting on Pelosi’ motivation.
“She wants their information to come from the mainstream media rather than come from the president,” Cruz opined.
He said the reason Pelosi wanted the cameras off during the “remarkable” Oval Office meeting earlier this month with the president is because “she didn’t want people then to see then that their position was objectively unreasonable.”
Here’s a quick sampling of the responses to Cruz’s remarks from Twitter:
— Cindy (@cindykatz2287) January 17, 2019
Pelosi is saying no to any funding for border security so why should Trump take her suggestion to postpone the State of the Union? I’d tell LOUSY Nancy to cram it! Term limits people?!?! Let’s get Done and get these stinking life long politicians out of office already!
— Ylen Corpuz (@Ylen_5) January 17, 2019
This is a new low and another dangerous precedent being set by an increasingly partisan and unhinged @TheDemocrats party @SpeakerPelosi lies and obstructionist ways are setting America on a dangerous path.
— Ziggyzoo (@Ziggyzoo00) January 17, 2019
True that! Her resistance is inexplicable.
— Diane S (@diane1999) January 17, 2019
If the president is disinvited by Nancy Pelosi to give the State of the Union address within the House chamber, then he should give it in the White House and invite only the republican members of congress. He gets his face on national TV and all responses would be positive
— William Kuehler Jr. (@tfc92zx) January 17, 2019
Or is she worried about the optics of the Democrat’s response?
— Derek W. Jensen (@JensenLaw) January 17, 2019
Pelosi and Schumer were the laughing stock of the internet after their last rebuttal. They don’t want to do it again.
— Mary Wysong (@Powerpopfan2) January 17, 2019
Exactly Sen Cruz but how about another reason. The left has decided that free speech is detrimental to their agenda so it has to be silenced.
— D. DeFrehn (@Greydoc) January 17, 2019
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