Ted Cruz: “Radical and Extreme” Democrats Shut the Government Down in 2018, Just Like in 2013

There was a late attempt at face-saving on the part of Democrats on Monday after they suffered an ignominious PR defeat in the battle of the government shutdown. The #SchumerShutdown, as the GOP successfully branded it.

That defeat was not due to the magic of spin or the mysteries of the human heart, but to the simple matter of a truth that was recorded and observable and not in doubt, and which was nevertheless made even more plain by the events of Monday morning. Truth will out, they say, and so it did.

So of course, they jumped on remarks by Ted Cruz to deflect the negative spotlight. We have a statement from Senator Cruz below. But first, an extremely abbreviated review.

We know the details already, so briefly: They tried to hold the CR hostage so they could get their way on DACA. The government therefore shut down. On Monday, they relented and agreed to the same agreement they’d have had Friday. And why? Because they shut down the government, and everyone knew they shut down the government, and it was untenable.

Now lets skip ahead to the attempt at face-saving.

After some wildly unsuccessful attempts to pretend their gambit had wrangled a more Democrat-y deal, they were scrambling for a message, any message, that didn’t consist of them getting owned by, of all people, Mitch McConnell. And that’s where MSNBC comes in.

Ted Cruz was taking questions and at one point said. “I have always opposed shutting down the government.”

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt jumped in and began peppering the Senator with objections and debate. Now they had something to gnaw on. ‘How could Ted Cruz of government shutdown Dr. Seuss fame say with a straight face that he was opposed to government shutdowns?’ they asked with every sarcasm-filled sac in their lungs.

Senator Cruz has an answer, and he gave it to us.

RedState reached out to the Senator after the Kasie Hunt clip started shooting around social media, and he gave us this exclusive statement.

There have been few policy fights more important this decade than Obamacare – one of the most disastrous laws to both our health care system and Americans’ freedom over their health care. In 2013, we faced a critical turning point: whether to let Obamacare go into effect or to try and stop it — a choice of whether to transform our healthcare system into a socialist government-run, government-mandated enterprise, rather than a patient-centered free-market system, which everyone agreed needed serious reform. The reason that stopping Obamacare in 2013 was so important is because once it took root, it would be near impossible to reverse it. We’ve seen today the complexities surrounding the repeal and replace debate, even with Republican majorities in Congress and control of the White House, but nonetheless, we are still working to accomplish that goal, because it’s the number one thing voters elected us to do.

The goal in 2013 was to stop funding Obamacare, not shut down the government. Republicans voted numerous times to fund vital government services, and I fought for measure after measure to fund different government agencies, only to be blocked by Harry Reid and the Democrats time and again. They repeatedly blocked the funding of vital government services, including the military, veterans benefits, the National Guard, and National Health Institute, among others.

We saw the same Democrat obstruction this time around too. Despite what is being reported in the media, the truth is Democrats voted to shut down the government while Republicans voted to fund it.

None of the Republican senators wanted to see a government shutdown. Democrats, on the other hand, saw a political benefit from a government shutdown. They think it energizes and excites their far-left base. Well, that may be good for the extreme left, but it’s not good for the American people. It is unfortunate that we see such a partisan and divided Senate right now. For instance, last month, we passed historic tax cuts. In the past, tax cutting has always been a bipartisan endeavor. Over and over, Republicans and Democrats have come together to cut taxes. This time, in both Houses of Congress, zero Democrats voted for tax cuts. That’s really unfortunate and it’s a manifestation of just how radical and extreme Democrats have become.

There are many contemporaneous examples of Cruz opposing shutting down government. Most of the outrageously outraged yesterday pointed to his infamous overnight filibuster, during which at one point he read aloud “Green Eggs and Ham”, as proof of his desire to shut the government down. However, during that very filibuster, the Senator made this statement.

“We should not shut down the government. We should fund every bit of the government, every aspect of the government, 100 percent of the government except for Obamacare. That is what the House of Representatives did. The House of Representatives — 232 Members of the House, including 2 Democrats — voted to fund every bit of the Federal Government, 100 percent of it, except for Obamacare.”

He also said, in an interview a few days later, that if there was a shutdown, it would be “because Harry Reid holds that absolutist position and essentially holds the American people hostage.” The absolutist position being that Obamacare was not negotiable.

Here is an important point.

Democrats on Monday, the very day they spent desperately trying to make the news cycle be about Senator Cruz’s statement, were out there saying that they oppose government shutdowns. In fact, they’ve been saying that since last week. You’ve seen them on air, on Twitter. Schumer and all the other Democrats have said over and over and over that they are opposed to government shutdowns … even as they deliberately orchestrated one!

Not incidentally, not merely creating the specter of shutdown, but actually doing it. Shutting it down was their intent, and they succeeded. Yet even as they took this intentional action, they still claimed they were opposed in principle to shutting down the government. MSNBC argued that case on their behalf.

So perhaps they’ll pardon some eye-rolling at their feigned indignant disbelief that Senator Cruz would say he was opposed in principle to the government being shut down following the 2013 episode.

In 2013, the House sent multiple attempts to fund the government and delay action on Obamacare to the Senate, each shot down by Harry Reid. In the 11th hour, Senate Republicans attempted to go to conference committee to reach an agreement, and were shot down by Reid again, who said at the time “we will not go to conference with a gun to our head.” Reid and other Democrats spent months milking outrage over that shutdown. Months. Because they were “opposed” to it. Yet it happened when they refused to go to committee.

“We will not go to conference until we get a clean CR,” said Reid in 2013. It’s worth noting that in 2014 and again in 2016 the threat of shutdown loomed again, with Democrats pressing for policy concessions and Republicans, in turn, demanding a “clean” continuing resolution on the budget. Reid demanded a clean CR in 2013, Republicans demanded the same in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Yet through it all, every Democrat and every Republican says they oppose the government shutdown.

Ted Cruz is right to be angry about being the only Senator who ever gets held responsible for a shutdown. He is the only Senator for whom the notion of opposing shutting down the government is mutually exclusive with the government being shut down. Everyone else gets to play politics with the endless Continuing Resolutions and still claim to be opposed to the government shutting down.

But unlike Chuck Schumer in 2018, Ted Cruz in 2013 didn’t try to or design to shut the government down. At worst he played with the same loaded gun they all play with. Only Schumer went in with the intent that government actually shut down.


Here is more transcript from the MSNBC moment. The Right Scoop has the full video.

CRUZ: Look, we should not be shutting the government down. 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 re-open the government.

HUNT: Sir you stood in the way of that.

CRUZ: Okay that’s factually incorrect.

HUNT: It’s not though.

CRUZ: It’s a wonderful media narrative. But only one thing actually causes a shutdown. When you have Senators that vote to deny cloture on a funding bill. And when that bill comes up you have a vote. A yes means fund the government, a no means don’t fund the government. In 2013 virtually every single Republican voted to fund the government include me multiple times. Virtually every, in fact every single Democrat I believe in 2013 voted to shut the government down. The same thing is true here. Virtually every single Republican voted this week to fund the government, virtually every single Democrat voted to shut it down.

You will note that Hunt’s interruptions are not punctuated by question marks.

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SecDef Mattis: Government Shutdown Would Have “Terrible Impact” On The Military (WATCH)

The good working order of the United States military is in peril if the Democrats succeed in their plan to shut down the government in order to get their way on the separate matter of DACA, said Gen. Mattis on Friday afternoon as the deadline looms.

Mattis outlined a frightening laundry list of exactly how the shutdown will affect specific areas of the military, including maintenance, reserves, and even medical. Watch:

MODERATOR: Thank you, Secretary Mattis. One last question: will a government shutdown have serious ramifications on military operations and if so, what are your plans for mitigation?

SECRETARY JAMES MATTIS: Yes. Let me give you an example. This morning or last night, young guys and gals somewhere in Wyoming were driving off to do their weekend duty. There is any number of projects we have underway that keep me at the top of my game and our military at the top of our game that are handled by civilians. All these things are going to be disrupted. Those troops will arrive there at their armories by the way, and told go home if there’s a government shutdown and they will then drive a couple hundred miles back home. These again are stoic men and women, they’ll suck it up and say okay. If they’re Navy reservists they’ll say ‘aye aye, sir’ cheerfully and when they get in their car they might not mutter something quite so positive.

I would just tell you there will be, our maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down. We will not be able to induct any more of our gear that need maintenance. Over 50 percent, altogether, of my civilian workforce will be furloughed. And that’s going to impact our contracting, it will impact obviously our medical facilities. It’s got a huge morale impact, I’ll just tell you, ‘how long can you keep good people around when something like this happens’ is always a question that’s got to hover around in the back of my mind.

Yeah, I would just tell you that we do a lot of intelligence operations around the world and they cost money. Those obviously would stop. And I would just tell you that training for almost our entire reserve force will stop and you must understand the critical importance of our reserves. They’re the only shock-absorber we have. It’s not like the old days where you could draft somebody in and 18 weeks later have them in combat with the skills they need. Today’s infantrymen, they’re called infantrymen because they’re infant solders, young soldiers. They still take a year to train in order to have them ready to use the gear they have on them and make certain they have the ethical and tactical abilities to deal with the battlefield today. So it’s got a terrible impact.

The #SchumerShutdown isn’t just about their desires on DACA, or even just about the millions of children affected by CHIP. No, it’s also about the proper function of America’s military and our defense as a nation.

But the Democrats are trying to get some press so I guess that’s more important.

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THIS: How a Minority Party CAN Shut Down Gov’t, Made Simple Enough for Even “Purposefully Obtuse” Media to Get

Brendan Buck, Counselor to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, has an outstanding tweet thread posted tonight that perfectly spells out what should have already been abundantly obvious about the potential for a gov’t shutdown despite one party controlling the House, the Senate, and the Executive.

The media has been playing dumb all day, dancing to Nancy Pelosi’s skeletal tune. But there is no question the minority party has the power to do it. And there is no question that this was their specific intent. Their desired outcome was a government shutdown. It’s simply not a question.

Here you go:

This is the money right here: “It is also purposefully obtuse to ignore that in the Senate a minority can filibuster and block any legislation.”

And of course:

This is not a on-one-hand-but-on-the-other situation. They’re not even hiding it. Democrats are openly saying they are using the filibuster to shut down the government to try to get something entirely unrelated.

You can, and I am sure many thousands of social media users will, debate the relative applicability of the word “unrelated”. You can argue that the Democrats were given an unreasonable set of options. But you cannot, as the media has been doing, argue that this is somehow the Republicans shutting down the government.

In plain English, the Republicans voted for funding the government (and CHIP), and the Democrats voted against it. The Democrats voted to shut down the government.

That’s just what happened.

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Trump Contradicts a Key Staff Member On Immigration… Again.

President Trump has a habit of going on Twitter and contradicting things said by key members of his staff, surrogates, supporters and more. Today was no exception as he pushed back against comments yesterday regarding his “evolution” on the border wall.

In fact, most of Trump’s talk on the border wall and immigration is contradictory. Not just of his surrogates, of himself. Take, for example, the promise that he absolutely made that is now 100% not happening: Mexico will pay.

No. They won’t.

But the issue of Mexico paying isn’t even the main part of Chief of Staff John Kelly’s remarks yesterday that the President is contradicting. In a tweet, he first pushed back against the idea that his view was “evolving” on the actual, physical nature of the wall.

If Kelly didn’t want pushback, he probably shouldn’t have said Trump’s campaign promises were “not informed.” Hindsight, right?

He did continue, though, to include the payment.

You can go ahead and LOL at “indirectly” since that is not what he promised, and pretending that this is what he meant all along is too stupid and fake to dedicate any typing to, except to say that “indirectly” is 100% the result of “evolution” of his plan, just exactly as Kelly factually stated.

Also, for the record, taxing remittances is a nonsense idea that will pay for nothing.

Trump is, as Kelly noted – and by the way, as he SHOULD be – flexible on the issue. Trump is correct to be negotiable. But he can’t tell you that. He can’t tell his MAGA base that. He has to pretend that this is what he always said and meant. And he knows the MAGA base will pretend along with him.

Now of course, Trump was absolutely always up front about including “natural” barriers, and that some parts of the border simply wouldn’t be able to have a wall.

Still, that “wastelands” line is new to me, and pretty broad. How many articles and blogs have been written on the right showing and lamenting pictures of big, open, desert spaces with no wall or fence at all? Dozens? Hundreds?

Now, though, “wasteland” is a “natural barrier.” What’s a wasteland? That’s a change to his rhetoric and that’s a fact. Not to mention that suddenly existing metal fencing is now apparently good enough.

Just a refresher:

“It’s go­ing to be made of hardened con­crete, and it’s go­ing to be made out of re­bar. That’s steel,” Trump said. “And we’re go­ing to set them in nice, heavy found­a­tions.”

That de­scrip­tion came in an an­swer to a child’s ques­tion near the end of his hour-and-20-minute re­marks. At an­oth­er point, he also said that al­though the bor­der with Mex­ico is 2,000 miles long, the wall only needed to be 1,000 miles long be­cause the rest of the bor­der has nat­ur­al bar­ri­ers that serve equally well.

And…

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

And also…

“What we’re doing is we have 2,000 miles, right? 2,000 miles. It’s long but not 13,000 miles like they have in China,” he said, comparing his self-declared great wall with the Great Wall of China, which took hundreds of years to build and reportedly resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of workers. “Of the 2,000, we don’t need 2,000, we need 1,000 because we have natural barriers … and I’m taking it price per square foot and a price per square, you know, per mile,” he said.

The candidate added that his wall will probably be 35 to 40 feet high — a “real wall” he said. And that it will be one that “actually looks good, you know, as good as a wall is going to look.”

Natural barriers will work. Increased patrols, keeping the existing fences in some places, building a concrete barrier in other places will work. That’s a smart way to build a border wall. It’s logical and cost-saving. Good. It’s not what he said, but good. He’s evolved.

Again, he’s right to evolve. And Kelly, being a practical and matter-of-fact guy, simply stated a reality about the President’s position. But Trump can’t permit people to know it. He knows how definitively he staked out his Wall, with its big, beautiful door, and how literally his devoted and faithful took that promise. He has to pretend that this new position and that old one are all basically the same thing.

Luckily for him, Trump supporters are doggone experts at accepting false premises.

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Mexico Will Pay For That Wall! Well Not Mexico. Mexicans, Though. Well … Some. Maybe.

The President has “evolved” you guys. That’s great news if you’re Mexico, because it means we’re not coming for your wallet to build that wall. I mean it’s not even really a wall, tbh.

Hey, don’t take my word for it merely because I told you this like a year ago. Listen to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Fox News.

Wait just a minute there, people in the comments. Before you finish typing that “it’s still Mexico” or “they’ve been clear about this for months” angry comment, let’s be honest about something. What he said was that Mexico would directly pay for the wall. He said and said it and when Mexico said no they wouldn’t he said oh yes you will.

I don’t care if they’ve changed and evolved over the last eight months until and unless you Trumpists who repeated the “Mexico will pay for it” claim as an article of faith admit that this, this what you are getting now, is NOT what he promised you. You don’t get to move on until you admit you were wrong. That’s the way this works.

Here’s a longer clip with Kelly talking about the wall and the border and the promises and evolution:

Fences? Bro.

Anyway, told you so. Told you so. Told you so.

And once again, you don’t get to say “these are fine and reasonable positions that came through careful learning in office” until you first admit that he and his supporters s**tholed all over the idea of fine and reasonable positions arrived at through careful learning. That’s not what he said.

What he said was he would get rid of DACA and build a real wall with a big beautiful door and Mexico would pay for it. And this isn’t that. So just admit it.

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DANG! Secretary Sanders Wrecks Nancy Pelosi on Twitter

That’s right, I said “wrecks”. Just like one those kind of articles. Because that is a genuine expression of my actual reaction. You know how the kids say? #REKT.

This was awesome. Sarah Sanders delivers a perfect tweet smackdown of Nancy Pelosi.

I hope that “crumbs” remark follows Nancy for a long time. It’s the perfect example of both the contempt she has for we common folk, and how out of touch the Democrats are on the matter of tax cuts and the economy.

Sanders knows it, and this was the perfect, perfect tweet. Dare I say Cruz-like pwnage?

I do dare. You can’t stop me.

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NEW POLL: Sorry Democrats, Americans Are Warming Up to GOP Tax Plan. Fast.

That didn’t take long. But then again, finding out your taxes are actually going to be less and you’re getting a raise and a bonus and hundreds of thousands of new jobs are opening up will do that.

Yes, the evil Tax Cuts & Jobs Act passed by Republicans and signed into law by President Trump last month is paying off, both in actual dollars and electoral favorability. At least according to a new poll from Survey Monkey conducted on behalf of the New York Times.

The tax overhaul that Mr. Trump signed into law just before Christmas remains relatively unpopular and highly polarizing, according to a new poll conducted for The New York Times by SurveyMonkey. But support for the law has grown significantly over the past month, and more Americans believe that they will receive a tax cut. Forty-six percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approved of the law in early January, up from 37 percent when the bill was nearing passage in December.

At the same time, falling unemployment, accelerating economic growth and a surging stock market have made Americans increasingly positive about both their own finances and the overall economy. That could be good news for Republicans hoping to overcome Mr. Trump’s unpopularity in the midterm elections.

Good news is an understatement. Despite all the tying to Trump that is being done, the GOP in congress had much to prove last year, and came dangerously close to not proving it. With majorities in the House and Senate and a clear mandate from voters on a host of issues, they almost didn’t come through. It would have been devastating to the midterms, as we’ve written here at RedState for the last year.

But the Tax Cuts plan was passed, and the popularity will continue to grow. So far, the only pushback the Dems have is to call employee bonuses “crumbs” and lament that major international corporations have larger dollar amounts in their pockets than any individual employee of that company may have.

Yeah, compelling stuff, Dems.

But of course none of this is crumbs. What Democrats don’t understand is that people appreciate things that make their lives better and easier, even if someone else got more. Playing on the “Mikey got more ice cream than me” harpsichord may work for the Democrat base or the MSNBC caucus, but actual people living with bills are happy to have more money and a better economy.

Funny how that works.

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BREAKING: ‘Suspicious Object’ Discovered, Bomb Squad Surrounds U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen

Just breaking this morning, the reports from Copenhagen, Denmark that a “suspicious object” was reported at the American embassy. A Danish bomb squad is currently conducting a search on site and has the facility surrounded for security reasons.

Right now we are investigating a suspicious environment at the U.S. Embassy. Nothing further for now, but we will follow up here on Twitter

From Daily Mail:

A Danish bomb squad has surrounded the US Embassy in Copenhagen this afternoon after a ‘suspicious object’ was found by police.

The building has been cordoned off and people have been told to stay away.

The US Embassy in Denmark tweeted: ‘The Copenhagen Police is investigating a suspicious item near the Embassy. Please follow @KobenhavnPoliti for latest updates. We advise people to stay away from area near the Embassy.’

It is not yet clear if any explosives have been found.

Europe remains on high alert after a wave of terror attacks over the last three years.

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Jake Tapper Dismantles the One Thing That “Fire and Fury” Author Michael Wolff Needs Most: His Credibility (WATCH)

On CNN today, Jake Tapper naturally discussed the hottest story in D.C. right now: the book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff.

The controversy over the book and its contents rages, and the consequences of the book have already been felt; The ostracizing of Steve Bannon chief among them.

But as political exposes go this one has a lot of problems, and the author himself is the biggest one. Jake Tapper’s introduction today went over this.

Tapper presents the story of two unreliable individuals, Wolff and Trump. And while that may seem like a “they’re both bad”, it’s important to keep in mind that credibility is the central feature for making the book worth anything. It’s the primary sell, it is its reason for being. If it’s not credible, then what is the point?

It may make good fan fiction, and may make the author of lot of money (which this obviously is), but you can’t really use the accusations contained therein for anything of value and certainly not, as the left is hoping and advocating, as grounds for removing the president from office.

So what Tapper does here, actually, is absolutely devastating to Wolff. And what’s amazing is that this isn’t anything that wasn’t already known, and it’s not even a long list. It’s just that it’s presented so neatly and quickly and crushingly that it burns Wolff down entirely. If you’re an honest person and you put yourself in the shoes of someone who has never heard of this book until the very moment Tapper begins speaking, you cannot come away from this less than four minute clip thinking anything but that the book is a total waste of time.

That’s devastating. And that’s why this clip is being sent around by the GOP War Room with the headline “CNN’s Jake Tapper Eviscerates Michael Wolff’s Credibility & Accuracy Of ‘Fire & Fury’.

So let’s get to it.

“Wolff’s reporting should be met with skepticism. The book is riddled with errors, and rumors, and in his marketing of the book Wolff made the unbelievable assertion that 100 percent of the President’s family members and top advisers have concerns about his mental fitness for the job. One hundred percent, that’s simply not true.”

He then shows Wolff tell an outright lie, exposes an error, then another lie about the guy who made the error about, and then shows a clip of his being presented with that mess and having basically no answer except that maybe he mixed up the names of two completely different people.

Brutal.

But of course, the video isn’t all. Tapper also tweeted about Wolff.

As you know, many of the people quoted in the book deny ever having said what was attributed to them, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who outright accused Wolff of making things up whole cloth.

Maggie Haberman has another person quoted who states without any equivocation that Wolff flat-out lied. Haberman, you may know, works for the New York Times.

And herein lies the point. MAGA Twitter may howl and demand the mainstream press to abandon this story and rebuke Wolff, and then flagellate themselves and one another for ever mentioning it, but that’s not how things work.

However, when CNN, the New York Times, the Guardian, Mediaite, and other members of the MSM, the center left and the left media are out there saying “not so fast” or “he’s not reliable” about someone trashing Trump, that is the practical equivalent of taking him to the woods and putting him down. Like I said, that’s the reason the GOP is sending the clip around.

Credibility is how you make a book like ‘Fire and Fury’ stick, and Wolff just doesn’t have any. Without it, it’s not anything of value, and certainly not grounds for questioning the President’s fitness for office. You don’t make a federal case using something that is so lacking in foundation and credibility. (I mean, unless you’re in a FISA court, I guess. DAAAANG!!)

Wolff, as noted in the Tapper tweet above, incorrectly asserts that if something rings true, it is true. Wrong. But if something does NOT ring true, it definitely doesn’t become a game changer, no matter how hard you wish it.

And as Tapper’s video highlights, if there’s one thing that does not ring truthful here, it’s Michael Wolff.

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Everything Defense Sec. James Mattis Says is Awesome

For your Friday enjoyment, this quote from Secretary of Defense James Mattis today regarding the foreign policy challenges of 2018 is pretty much perfect.

This is why people should always hire Marines.

It’s just not about the ooh-rah factor. It’s a confident and fearless face forward for the rest of the world to look at and think twice about.

Like Nikki Haley at the U.N., Sec. Mattis is a reminder that the United States is no longer afraid to act, or apologetic for doing what is in our interests and what we believe is right. Like any other nation in the world, we are entitled to pursue our own policy goals and work in our national interest at home and abroad. And by the way, we’re better at it and have a bigger … stick.

Love it.

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