Ask any loyal Ted Cruz supporter what they like about him and they will likely respond with “He is trustworthy.”, “He never lies.”, or “He always tells the truth.” But, his statement after the most recent three-day government shutdown ended has some people shaking their heads and rolling their eyes in disbelief.
According to The Dallas Morning News (DMN) it is being reported that he said “I have consistently opposed shutdowns…….”, seemingly claiming that “he deserves no blame for the 2013 government shutdown that cost the U.S. economy $24 billion.”
Unfortunately, that “assertion doesn’t match the historical record”, writes Todd J. Gilliam, DMN Washington Bureau Chief.
“‘You’ve left me speechless,’ Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican who seethed at Cruz throughout the 2013 episode, told reporters when asked about her Texas colleague’s stance.”
Says Gilliam, “Cruz spent the summer of 2013 promoting the idea that the fight to defund Obamacare was worth the risk of shutdown, and stirring public pressure on GOP leaders.”
“Yet he has always denied responsibility for the shutdown, even in the run-up, at its height, and in the days afterward, as other Republicans openly fumed at him for pushing the tactic.”
“‘A lot of Republicans are scared about being beaten up by President Obama for wanting to shut down the government,’ he told a hotel ballroom of young conservatives that July.”
“It was one of many times he publicly promoted the threat of a shutdown in the crusade against Obamacare.”
And, who could forget his overnight filibuster, reading “Green Eggs and Ham” in the Senate chamber.
“His insistence that he didn’t want a shutdown struck his critics then and now as disingenuous”, writes Gilliam.
“Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called it a “dumb idea” to risk a shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner rejected the tactic and later called Cruz a “jackass” for pursuing it.”
“Cruz argued Monday that he voted repeatedly to keep the government running.”
“In 2013, virtually every single Republican voted to fund the government, including me, multiple times,” he said.
“That’s technically true”, says Gilliam, “though it leaves an impression that he never cast a vote whose effect would have been to prolong the 2013 shutdown. In fact, he did cast several votes with that effect.”
“On Monday, Cruz called it “a media narrative” that he was responsible for the 2013 shutdown.”
“We should not be shutting the government down,” he said. “I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013 I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. Indeed I went to the Senate floor repeatedly asking unanimous consent to reopen the government.”
So, is Ted Cruz telling the truth?
Or, like his 2016 claim that his “Flat Tax” plan “abolishes the IRS” (which it never would), has he actually earned then-candidate Donald Trump’s name for him during the Presidential campaign – “Lyin’ Ted”?
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