Ted Cruz is borrowing a page from the Donald Trump playbook, going full Orwell by looking right into the camera and boldly declaring that he has always been against government shutdowns. This after he was the one who engineered the government shutdown in 2013 in an attempt to defund Obamacare.
“They’re angry, they hate the president and demanding Senate Democrats oppose everything, resist everything, shut everything down,” Cruz said, and Hunt told him that reminded her of what he said more than four years ago. “Now i recognize that is a media narrative you love to tell, but it’s worth noting in 2013 –”…
“In 2013, I voted repeatedly to fund the government, and in 2013 it was Harry Reid and the democrats who voted no, who voted to shut the government down just like this week Republicans voted to fund the government, and it was Chuck Schumer who voted to shut the government down,” Cruz said.Cruz and other Senate Republicans at the time kept attaching amendments to the appropriations bill that would have defunded the Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama threatened to veto.
“We should not be shutting the government down,” Cruz said. “I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013 I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. I went to the floor asking unanimous consent to reopen the government.”
And we’ve always been at war with Eastasia. Honest, we have. Who are you going to believe, Ted Cruz or…Ted Cruz, the one who filibustered the bill to fund the government by reading Green Eggs and Ham for 21 hours? After he said this, a reporter asked his fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins about it. Her response: “I am rendered speechless.” There are lies, there are asinine lies and then there’s this. It’s like the holy grail of lies.