Texas Republican Senator and frequent Rachel Maddow whipping boy Ted Cruz made strange admission on Wednesday: He doesn’t trust Republicans.
Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate and engaged in a heated dispute with Arizona Senator John McCain, Cruz said that he doesn’t trust Democrats (obvious) but that he also doesn’t trust Republicans.
Cruz, as well as Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, were called out by McCain, who wanted them to allow the Senate to get a band together in order to work out a federal budget alongside the House of Representatives. This would be the first time they have done
their jobs this in four years.
However, Tea Party members have made a strict set of demands or pre-conditions that they want met before such a group is put together. Primarily, they want the conferees barred from raising the debt limit.
McCain balked this condition because he says the group needs room to negotiate. He also said that their resistance made it pretty clear that they don’t exactly trust their fellow Republicans.
You’re damn right, they don’t!
“Let me be clear. I don’t trust the Republicans,” Cruz said. “And I don’t trust the Democrats. And I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats because it is leadership in both parties that has gotten us in this mess.”
“Unfortunately,” Cruz continued, “one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree and that’s why so many Americans are disgusted with both sides of this house. … And every Republican who stands against holding the line here is really saying, let’s give the Democrats a blank check to borrow any money they want with no reforms, no leadership to fix the problem.”
You can’t write a face-off this good! You can check out video of Cruz’s comments to McCain below: