This weekend, a number of prominent Republicans spoke at the CPAC conference. During the speeches, though, there was very little substance. There were also few outlines of how the GOP would move forward after last year’s losses.
If Democrats want to save democracy and work toward unity, they must remove the obstacle of the filibuster.
The January 6th attack on the Capitol was one of the most disgraceful moments in United States history. Those behind the attack, though, don’t seem to be chastened by the fallout.
The acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman revealed on Thursday that there is a plot for more violence. She told the House Appropriations Committee:
“Members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union.”
Nicolle Wallace discussed these comments with former CIA John Brennan during her Thursday show. Brennan told the MSNBC host:
“Frankly I’m disgusted by what I have heard coming out of the mouths of senators. Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and others who continue to give credence to these conspiracy theories. This is just a dereliction of responsibility. I don’t care which political party they’re from. They have a responsibility to the people, not just of their state and their constituents, but also to this country, to try to do everything possible to defuse these sentiments that are leading to this violent expression of anger and violence against our Capitol. So, therefore, again, I just shake my head. I cannot believe when I hear these things, they continue to fuel the sentiments. They know better. They know they’re being dishonest, and they’re just antagonizing individuals who are looking for reasons to carry out their acts of violence.”
Last week, the state of Texas experienced massive power outages due to a winter storm. The leaders of the state, many of them Republicans, didn’t seem to be interested in helping their constituents.
Ted Cruz famously took off for Cancun. Little was heard from Senator John Cornyn and Governor Greg Abbott mostly seemed interested in going on Fox News and promoting nonsense.
Democrats like Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stepped up, found shelter for people experiencing blackouts and raised millions of dollars.
According to a new piece on Fox News, though, O’Rourke and AOC weren’t doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. Adam Shaw writes that the Dems were trying to “capitalize” on Texas’ misfortune.
The author spends a fair amount of time on the Green New Deal which had absolutely nothing to do with the disaster. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
who has raised millions for relief efforts in Houston and who is also a promoter of the controversial Green New Deal, has countered by saying the crisis was proof of the need for such a proposal”
Speaking to the Ruthless podcast, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that his wife Heidi is “pissed” over the leaked text messages that revealed they were flying to Cancún even as millions went without water and power as a result of the Texas energy disaster.
“Heidi’s pretty pissed at that,” Cruz said of the leaked texts. “She actually was over at her neighbor’s house yesterday sort of walking through [it].”
“Here’s a suggestion: just don’t be a–holes,” he continued. “Like, just, you know, treat each other as human beings have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
The New York Times published the text messages, which were obtained from members of Ted and Heidi Cruz’s inner circle.
The messages show that Heidi Cruz messaged her friends to tell them that their home was “FREEZING” and that they were staying with friends to ride out the disaster. Then she asked, “Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun.” No one accepted the offer.
You can listen to Cruz’s interview below.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells @RuthlessPodcast his wife Heidi is “pretty pissed” about the leaked Cancun texts:
“It's a sign of how ridiculously politicized and nasty and just … Here’s a suggestion, just don’t be assholes. Just treat each other as human beings.” pic.twitter.com/ANtsOFmkfu
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has pushed back against criticism he’s received for flying to Cancún while millions of people went without food and water as a result of the Texas power disaster.
Speaking to conservative radio host Dana Loesch, Cruz blamed criticism on “Trump withdrawal,” implying that attacks against him are only taking place because of former President Donald Trump’s absence from the news cycle.
“I will say, to venture into practicing medicine, that I actually want to diagnose the media. The media is suffering from acute Trump withdrawal, where for four years every day, they could foam at the mouth and be obsessed with Donald Trump, and now that he has receded from their day-to-day storyline, they don’t know what to do with themselves,” Cruz said.
“Donald Trump broke the media, and so they don’t want to do that,” he added. “They just want to engage in political attacks.”
You can watch Cruz’s interview below.
Cruz claimed he went to Cancún to accompany his daughters, an apology that did not sit well with his critics either.
“Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too,” Cruz said in a statement. “With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas.”
When a state faces a weather disaster, it is a good time for elected politicians to show leadership. Sure, there’s not much they can do to stop a blizzard or a hurricane, but they can get on the phone and secure help for their constituents.
Ted Cruz decided against doing any of this. The Texas senator faced mass ridicule over the weekend for his decision to take his family on a tropical vacation while people in his state suffered.
Gary Gates, a state senator, was also criticized for his trip to Florida during the storms. Gates said he went to the Sunshine state on business.
And now it has been revealed that Ken Paxton, the state’s AG, went to Utah over the last week. A spokesperson for his office, Ian Prior, said that Paxton was making a “pre-planned” visit to Sean Reyes, the Utah AG. The Texas lawmaker’s wife also joined him on the trip.
Prior continued, “While there, AG Paxton had a number of meetings with the Utah Attorney General over the course of several days. I cannot further share additional details or the specific reasons on the need for the meeting concerning Google as it involves an ongoing investigation.”
This isn’t the only scandal that Paxton is facing. The Texas Republican has been under indictment for securities fraud since 2015. The case is currently on appeal.
Sen. Cruz (R-TX) humiliated himself during Merrick Garland's confirmation with a conspiracy theory rant designed to make people forget his Cancun vacation.
In a small sentence, Biden made a huge point. Let’s serve people, not presidents or politics.
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) has come under fire after saying that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “should not have apologized” for flying to Cancún while millions of people went without food and water as a result of the Texas power disaster.
Ted Cruz should not have apologized.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 19, 2021
Gaetz was almost immediately criticized for coming to Cruz’s defense at a time when the state of Texas is facing a significant humanitarian disaster that has claimed the lives of at least 47 people as severe winter weather continues to batter the state.
“You are nauseating,” said one person, while another accused him of “elitist” behavior. Yet another person implied Gaetz would likely flee his own state in the event of a similar disaster.
You are nauseating. I thought you guys wanted to build a wall? Now it’s just cool to flee inhospitable living conditions? Oh, ok.
— Mela Shea (@MelaShea) February 19, 2021
@mattgaetz thinks he's part of an Elitist Society instead of the Public Servant he is. You and @SenTedCruz have a lot to learn about being public servants. You DON'T OWN US! We are YOUR BOSSES! https://t.co/mkzVtoeumT
At a moment when many Texas families don't have food, water, or heat, Sen. Ted Cruz said that he was only taking care of his family by going to Cancun.
Donald Trump Jr. tried to defend Ted Cruz by blaming "Democrat governors" when the governor of Texas is a Republican.
Ted Cruz has had a pretty indefensible year so far. The Texas lawmaker began 2021 by supporting Donald Trump‘s election lie.
The senator’s home state is currently encountering an unprecedented winter storm. A number of people have died and millions have no power. Still, Cruz chose to fly to Cancun last night in the midst of the crisis.
Cruz’s behavior was so egregious, in fact, that Fox‘s Jesse Watters lit into him during an episode of The Five. Watters told viewers, “I mean this is kind of day one stuff if you’re a politician. If there’s a weather disaster in your state, you don’t go on a tropical vacation.”
“I mean this is kind of day one stuff if you’re a politician. If there’s a weather disaster in your state, you don’t go on a tropical vacation” pic.twitter.com/sw8nP06GgU
— Acyn (@Acyn)
February 18, 2021
A source has confirmed to Fox News that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) flew to Cancun for a family getaway as his state contends with the consequences of a winter storm that has left millions without electricity or running water.
“The photos speak for themselves,” the source said, referring to photos that circulated on social media showing Cruz disembarking a plane with other passengers.
Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster also confirmed that Cruz and his family flew to Cancun to spend “a few days at a resort they’ve visited before.”
“Cruz seems to believe there isn’t much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing,” Shuster wrote.
Just confirmed @SenTedCruz and his family flew to Cancun tonight for a few days at a resort they've visited before. Cruz seems to believe there isn't much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing. pic.twitter.com/6nPiVWtdxe
The Republican Accountability Project has launched an ad campaign to force Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to resign over their decision to vote against the Electoral College certification after a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn the results of an election that President Joe Biden won handily.
“You lied about the election. The Capitol was attacked,” the billboards read.
The billboard campaign cost the group $1 million. The group made headlines earlier this month for announcing it would donate $50 million to reelect any members of the GOP who vote to impeach or convict Trump for inciting the insurrection against Congress. Details about the campaign were first discussed with Politico.
“The billboards will be placed in each House member’s district, as well as in multiple cities in Texas
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough criticized Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) for downplaying the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol, which took place after former President Donald Trump urged his supporters to march on Congress in a bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The president’s supporters were egged on by the president’s claims of widespread election fraud, which has debunked by news outlets, government agencies, and independent observers alike.
Both Cruz and Hawley, who voted against certifying the results of an election that President Joe Biden won decisively, have faced significant criticism amid calls that they resign from Congress altogether. Neither man has walked back their claims. Graham also voted against certifying the results and has continued to push against impeaching and convicting the former president for inciting the insurrection against Congress.
“Listen, I’m a conservative. A lot of people didn’t like my views after 9/11. I don’t really care. I sort of agreed with [former Vice President] Dick Cheney with a 1% solution,” Scarborough said. “Your job if you are a leader is to stop another attack against this country. Right? Well, guess what? I’m that same guy in 2020. You come after us. You come after our Capitol. We’re going to come after you. And we sure as hell are not going to let you inside our Capitol. We sure as hell are not going to tell everybody, ‘Let’s just pretend this will go away.'”
“Let’s just forget about it. That’s what Lindsey [Graham] wants us to do,” Scarborough went on. “He wants us to forget about the fact that people were bludgeoned in the head with an American flag because of Donald Trump. He wants us to forget that a cop was beaten to death and the reason why the cop killer beat the cop to death was because they were inspired by Donald Trump to do so.”
Scarborough then turned his attention to Cruz and Hawley.
“Ted Cruz wants us to forget because he led the sedition along with Josh Hawley [and Ted Cruz]. Forget? Forget? You’re out of your mind and you’re not a conservative. That’s how conservatives do not talk. We don’t forget. If you attack our country, we go after you. We jail you. We throw away the key. You come after our Capitol?”
He even found time to criticize Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) for their roles. Both senators had expressed concerns that holding an impeachment trial would only further divide the country.
“And you think, Ron, it’s simply vindictive to see justice for the leader of the insurrection. Marco, you hide behind procedural safeguards? This is a procedure. We can’t go after it. No. No. Find a constitutional lawyer that supports justice and quote that judge, that justice,” he said.
“This is what the Republicans in the Senate want you to forget,” Scarborough concluded. “This is what Rand Paul wants you to forget. This is what Ted Cruz wants you to forget. This is what Ron Johnson wants you to forget. And I say never, never forget. Just like I said after 9/11. Never forget that the Islamic terrorists came to our country and attacked us. And you know what? I said we needed to call them Islamic terrorists. You know why? Because they were Islamic terrorists. You know what these people are? They are Trump terrorists. Call them by their name.”
You can watch Scarborough in the video below.
Joe Scarborough calls the insurrectionists that Republicans are trying to make America forget Trump terrorists. pic.twitter.com/dhxFH4EkNF
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 27, 2021
Every year on Martin Luther King Day, thousands of people post tributes to the civil rights leader on their social media accounts. This includes many people in the Republican Party.
The ever oblivious Ivanka Trump posted a tribute to MLK this morning. Just days after trying to eliminate the votes of millions of African Americans, Ted Cruz wrote, “Now more than ever, we are reminded of the power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, calling on all of us to have ‘the courage to face the uncertainties of the future,’ ‘as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom.”
Now more than ever, we are reminded of the power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, calling on all of us to have ‘the courage to face the uncertainties of the future,’ ‘as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom.’
In the aftermath of the violent assault on the nation’s Capitol, all I heard on the cable news shows was how well-educated Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are. Cruz attended Princeton University and graduated from Harvard Law School. Hawley earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University before completing his law degree at Yale.
Back during the 2016 Republican primary, GOP lawmakers had a much different reaction to Donald Trump. Chris Christie frequently bashed him before becoming an important campaign surrogate.
Lindsey Graham famously tweeted, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.” No the South Carolina senator is one of Trump’s chief sycophants.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
But no Republican has made such a turn on Trump as Ted Cruz. After Trump called the Texas senator’s wife ugly and accused his father of being involved in the Kennedy assassination, Cruz has become his chief defender.
It was a different story following the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, which Cruz won. Trump tweeted at the time, “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.”
Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.
Politicians are often at their most popular in times of great crisis. Following 9/11, New York’s previously unpopular leader Rudy Giuliani became “America’s Mayor.” Similarly, following the terrorist attacks, George W. Bush had an approval rating of 92%.
Donald Trump had a terrible approval rating during his whole time in office. The COVID-19 pandemic, though, offered him a chance to look like a leader and help bring the country together. To the surprise of no one, Trump failed miserably.
Not only was the pandemic an opportunity to bring America together, it also came just a few months before the presidential election. Actor George Clooney recently told the New York Times Trump would have won easily if he had only told people to wear masks.
He said in the interview, “Had Trump come out at the very beginning and said, ‘We’re all going to wear masks because it’s the right thing to do and it’s going to save a lot of lives,’ the whole country would have gotten behind him and he would have been re-elected. But he thought it would affect his economy, so he chose to say it didn’t exist. And now we’re going to have 350,000 people dead.”
Clooney also opined that Joe Biden would have trouble working with Republicans. “The world is different now,” he said. “ I mean, Ted Cruz, think about what a yutz this guy is! I don’t care what your political view is: If a guy said that my wife was ugly and my father killed Kennedy, there is no way in the world you could have me come out and say, ‘I’ll defend you.’”