‘And because of the senator from Texas, this government was shut down for politics’…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Color., accused conservative Republicans of “tyrannizing” politics and blasted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for calling for an end to the government shutdown.
Cruz took to the Senate floor on Thursday to call on Democrats to find a compromise with President Trump on border security so the government can reopen.
Cruz backed a GOP bill that would pay Coast Guard members but not entirely reopen the government.
“These crocodile tears that the senator from Texas is crying for first responders are too hard for me to take,” Bennet said on the Senate floor after Cruz’s remarks.
In a follow-up interview with MSNBC, Bennet said he only exploded because Cruz’s speech was hypocritical.
“The reason I lost my patience was because Ted Cruz was on the Senate floor, bemoaning the fact that Coast Guard guys aren’t getting paid, which by the way, they should be getting paid,” Bennet said. “I remember sitting in that chamber when Ted Cruz shut the government down by reading ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ or whatever he was doing, while Colorado was being flooded and people were literally dying in my state. I found it disgraceful, what he was saying on the Senate floor, having perpetuated the government shutdown before.”
Bennet referenced a government shutdown in 2013 that Cruz single-handedly orchestrated to derail funding for Obamacare, at a time when Colorado faced massive floods.
“And because of the senator from Texas, this government was shut down for politics,” delaying relief efforts, Bennet said on the Senate floor.
Bennet continued to criticize conservative politicians, who he claimed are the real obstructionists.
“The last 10 years of our politics in Washington, we have been tyrannized by these guys in the Freedom Caucus and by Ted Cruz, who’s a fellow traveler with them,” Bennet told MSNBC. “They have imposed their very idiosyncratic view on America, on America.”