On Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz took the old adage about everything being bigger in his home state of Texas and applied it to lies.
With an absolutely straight face, the Grandpa Munster lookalike and possible Zodiac Killer told reporters in the halls outside the Senate that he had “consistently opposed” government shutdowns as they discussed the current debacle in the upper chamber of Congress.
His statement at the time:
“Look, we shouldn’t be shutting the government down. I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013, I said we shouldn’t be shutting the government down. I went to the Senate floor repeatedly asking unanimous consent to reopen the government.”
That was hilariously false, and Ted, of course, got called out on it immediately — like, on the spot — by NBC reporter Kasie Hunt, who he attempted to shut down after she reminded him of his central importance to the Republican-led government shutdown of 2013 over the Affordable Care Act.
Even back then, Cruz had few friends inside his own caucus, and not just because he’s an unlikeable, subhuman simmering pool of animal excrement. His colleagues were angry at him in 2013 over exactly that — his obstructionist role in the shutdown that made the rest of them look like idiots.
And now, Cruz is trying to walk back his central role in the Great Republican Idiocy Of 2013. Unfortunately for him, some Republicans who worked with him — and disliked him — back then are still in Congress. Notably, the moderate Senator from Maine, Susan Collins.
Senator Susan Collins was just told in a scrum that Ted Cruz claimed to be consistently against government shutdowns. She stood there, mouth literally agape, for several seconds before saying “you’ve rendered me speechless.”
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 22, 2018
Every once in a while, Senator Collins can be counted on for some sort of reasonable discourse, and her comment on Ted Cruz’ revisionist history was one such occasion:
“I am rendered speechless.”
That’s right. Cruz is so shameless, so scandalously unrepentant about his deceit, that he struck one of the most powerful, intelligent women in all of Congress completely dumb.
Great. That’s just what we need — another woman silenced by the stupidity of a man.
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