Sen. Ted Cruz gave a speech to a group of wingnut pastors called Watchmen on the Wall recently and offered up his usual mix of hyperbole and dishonesty. He told them that Democrats are going to try to “repeal the First Amendment” by introducing a bill to overturn Citizens United.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) drew audible gasps Thursday when he told gathering of Christian conservatives that Democrats intended to amend the Constitution to limit free speech.
“When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” Cruz warned at the Watchmen on the Wall gathering of pastors sponsored by the Family Research Council.
“This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment,” Cruz said, to the audible shock of the crowd.
The Tea Party-backed senator said Senate Democrats intend to vote this year on Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would effectively undo the unpopular U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases.
“I am telling you, I am not making this up,” Cruz said. “Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced the Senate Democrats are scheduling a vote on a constitutional amendment to give Congress the authority to regulate political speech, because elected officials have decided they don’t like it when the citizenry has the temerity to criticize what they’ve done.”
It’s just one giant lie. A constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s rulings on campaign finance restrictions would not “repeal the first amendment,” nor does it have anything even remotely to do with censoring criticism of politicians. These people lie as easily as naturally as they breathe.