Exhibit 1: Cruz hijacks a gun violence listening to to spew irrelevant distortions about two of President Joe Biden’s nominees … each ladies of coloration.
CRUZ: You simply mentioned a second in the past that no Democrat favors abolishing the police. If that had been the case, why did each single Democrat vote to substantiate Vanita Gupta, a nominee for the No. 3 place on the Division of Justice who mentioned final 12 months in writing, in written testimony earlier than this Senate, advocated abolishing the police. And he or she was confirmed by one vote. Each single Democrat was the mandatory vote to substantiate a radical who advocated abolishing the police, and simply this week we’re taking on Kristen Clarke, one other radical who has final 12 months in testimony earlier than the Senate advocated for abolishing the police. For those who don’t help abolishing the police, why do you retain voting for nominees who advocate abolishing the police.
SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: As you recognize, Sen. Cruz, that could be a full distortion of their positions. We’re not right here to speak about these nominees. If you wish to keep, we will do it on the finish of the listening to, however proper now, we’re going to maneuver on.
Shorter Blumenthal: “Sir, this can be a Wendy’s.”
Concerning the substance of Cruz’s claims, one might plausibly say that Gupta, as an example, flip-flopped on a few of her positions with respect to “defunding”—not abolishing—the police, however Cruz elides the truth that “defunding the police” truly refers to shifting assets towards social packages whereas redefining cops’ roles, as defined on this Washington Submit truth verify:
Below this idea, some cops would get replaced with educated social employees or specialised response groups in an effort to let police give attention to violent crime, not drug overdoses or homelessness. The speculation is that police could be higher positioned to cope with rapes and murders in the event that they weren’t required to cope with different social ills that generally result in group confrontations with police.
Exhibit 2: Cruz tells us all how Republicans would behave if that they had extra management over elections.
CRUZ: This invoice turns the Federal Election Fee from a bipartisan company right into a partisan company—right into a partisan company managed by Democrats. Why? As a result of Democrats need Chuck Schumer in control of the Federal Election Fee. The impact of that, I might level out, could be that each Republican senator and each Republican Home member can be fined, can be prosecuted by the Federal Election Fee. By the way in which, if this invoice had been to cross and miraculously Democrats had been to lose energy—and that is designed to make it not possible for Democrats to lose energy—I ask you for a second, which Democrat on this committee would desire a Federal Election [Commission] managed by Sen. McConnell? As a result of I assure you, each Democrat would then be investigated and prosecuted, and the Federal Election Fee shouldn’t be a partisan weapon designed to win elections.
Oh, good to know that Republicans are searching for each doable loophole they will discover to cheat and undermine confidence in our elections. Who might have guessed?
It’s laborious to know precisely what Cruz is speaking about right here, on condition that he seems congenitally incapable of claiming something with out brutally distorting actuality, however it’s clear that Republicans have been mendacity in regards to the For the Folks Act for a while now. Why would Cruz be any totally different?
Exhibit 3: Cruz lies (don’t be too shocked now) about undocumented immigrants. (For those who don’t do Twitter, hit this hyperlink to unroll the thread.)
Ah, “details.” No matter. Who cares about details anymore when you’ve an ex-president who continues to regurgitate pureed pabulum to an keen viewers of hungry pups? Nobody within the Republican Occasion cares about details. As Cruz amply proves in his Tuesday Cruzday adventures, they care about fact-adjacent morsels of simply disproven (for those who take the time to parse them, that’s) merde.
However then merde has all the time been Cruz’s animating drive, as Chris Hayes factors out on this post-Cancun Cruz clip:
Actually, Ted’s Cancun journey—and the truth that he tried in charge the debacle on his daughters—is all you actually need to find out about him. As Hayes notes within the above clip, Cruz is principally “Rush Limbaugh with a Senate workplace.” He merely would not care about governing. He desires to “performatively troll the libs,” as Hayes quips.
Yeah, that fairly effectively sums it up.
Cruz is supplying sound bites that may be run upfront of the inevitable Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity interviews he’ll do on these exact same topics. Proper-wingers will then giddily observe how Cruz destroyed these feckless snowflakes whereas intentionally ignoring all that uninteresting legislative trivialities.
After all, Cruz isn’t alone. He’s the trendy GOP writ massive. And now that the lead circus clown has left the tent, Cruz is taking his floppy-shoes tour to each nook of Washington.
I can solely hope that our democracy holds longer than these bulging veins on Cruz’s neck.
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