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Though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz drew attention for looking awfully sleepy during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, his meticulous post-address criticism of the president’s speech suggests he’d been wide awake the whole time.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity” shortly after the speech’s conclusion, the Republican lawmaker offered a detailed critique of Biden’s “boring but radical” speech.
“I challenge you to remember a single line from the speech. It was monotone … and that really has characterized the first hundred days of Joe Biden. He’s tried to say nothing notable, he’s tried to tweet nothing notable,” Cruz maintained.
But this is just a facade, he warned, designed to subtly cover up the radicalism of the president’s expansive plans for restructuring the entire country.
(Video: Fox News)
“The substance of what he’s saying is radical. This is the most radical first hundred days of any president in the history of this country. This makes Barack Obama look mild and moderate,” he noted.
That “substance” includes “trillions of dollars in spending,” “massive job-killing regulations” and “trillions of dollars in taxes” all jam-packed into “an unapologetic, partisan speech.”
“There wasn’t even the tiniest fig leaf of an outreach to the other side. It was a hundred days ago he gave his inauguration [speech], where he talked about unity, he talked about common ground. All that was gone tonight” the senator said.
“Tonight, this was an agenda that was set by Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, and AOC, it’s the radicals and socialists,” he added.
Equally notable, the senator continued, was what topics the president chose to ignore. He didn’t speak about H.R. 1, or the “Corrupt Politicians Act,” as Cruz called it. Nor did he address the move by congressional Democrats to pack the Supreme Court.
Biden also remained completely mum about the crisis along the southern U.S. border. The omission was so striking it provoked criticism from his own side, including from freshman Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona.
“While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system,” the senator said in a post-address statement.
My statement on President Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress tonight: https://t.co/IhGqw8zA2u
— Senator Mark Kelly (@SenMarkKelly) April 29, 2021
Continuing his remarks, Cruz added, “This was a frightening speech, and it was a frightening speech masquerading in really boring tones.”
The most radical part of the speech, he continued, came at the end when Biden said that the “We the People” mentioned in the U.S. Constitution refers to the government.
“Our Constitution opens with the words, ‘We the People.’ It’s time we remembered that ‘We the People’ are the government, you and I, not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force we have no control over,” the president had said.
According to the Texas lawmaker, this claim was horrifyingly wrong.
“No, Joe, you seriously misunderstand the Constitution. ‘We the People’ is not the government. We are not a country of dictators in Washington running the people. ‘We the People’ is the people, damnit, who are in charge of the government, whose freedom you are taking away, whose liberty you’re stripping away,” Cruz angrily said.
“And it showed the arrogance of the hard left that they think L’état, C’est Moi, he is the state, which is what he said, and he’s ‘We the People.’ I mean, holy cow that was radical, and that’s where today’s Democrats are,” he added.
The lawmaker’s detailed scrutiny contrasted the video of him ostensibly dozing off that went viral among the giddy left.
Looks like Ted’s eyes are hooked up to his state’s power grid pic.twitter.com/vC7LUSJ4nJ
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 29, 2021
Ted Cruz is taking a siesta at tonight’s Biden speech, asleep on the job as usual. https://t.co/eP3SHi8e0q
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 29, 2021
dreaming about cancun… pic.twitter.com/rYzNObA16K
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 29, 2021
Guess who’s napping. He doesn’t have a lot of stamina, it seems. Maybe he’s working too hard and needs a vacation. pic.twitter.com/sM4ZoPGL5q
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 29, 2021
Considering that none of these leftists had any criticism of their own to share about the president’s speech, it seems like they were the ones who were asleep.
But by no means was Cruz alone in his criticisms. Speaking on ABC News, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the president for behaving like a child.
“The words of this speech sounded like what you would hear from a 15-year-old if you gave him a credit card with no credit limit on it, except the words came out of the mouth of an adult who should know better,” he said.
During the speech, Biden promised to spend vast sums of money on launching new entitlement programs.
In an op-ed published shortly before the president’s address, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board warned that Biden’s “goal is to expand the entitlement state to make Americans rely on government and the political class for everything they don’t already provide,” no matter what it costs.
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