You almost have to hand it to Ted Cruz. That he can say something like this with a straight face is pretty remarkable. He went on Sandy Rios’ radio show and actually claimed that unlike the Democrats, when Republican presidents have broken the law, Republicans have stood up and stopped them. Seriously, I’m not making this up:
“The difference, Sandy, we have had Republicans who have abused their power and when that’s happened, Republicans have rightly stood up to them, called them out and defended the Constitution. What’s missing now is: Where are the Democrats? Where are the media? Where is anybody that has an interest in rule of law and following the Constitution and preserving the liberty of the citizens?”
You mean like when Reagan sold weapons to Iran and used the money to fund the Contras, both actions illegal? Please do cite me the aggrieved Republican outcry about that. And when Bush lied repeatedly about Iraqi WMDs, can you please point us to your criticism of him for doing so? And to all that Republican outrage at NSA data mining, torture and the vast growth of executive power before January, 2009. Please do provide us with citations to all of those abuses of power from Republicans. We’ll wait.
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