Thursday afternoon on CNN, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) discussed the fiery debate with colleague Ted Cruz (R-TX) over gun control legislation that occurred earlier this morning during a Senate committee hearing. Feinstein told Wolf Blitzer she “felt patronized” by the “arrogant” junior senator and had to take some time to cool off afterward.
Asked by Blitzer to explain what happened, Feinstein said, “Well, I just felt patronized. I felt he was somewhat arrogant about it.” She elaborated on how her personal experience with gun violence shaped her reaction to Cruz’s objections to stricter gun measures and impromptu lesson on the Bill of Rights. “When you come from where I’ve come from and what you’ve seen, when you found a dead body and put your finger in bullet holes, you really realize the impact of weapons.”
Blitzer also wanted to know if Feinstein and Cruz had a chance to talk privately after the very public confrontation. “No, I needed to cool down,” she replied. She indicated that she did apologize to Cruz later in the day for admonishing his “lecture” by saying, “I’m not a sixth grader.” But, she added, “this is one thing that I feel very passionate about,” and isn’t likely to change her views any time soon.
Watch video below, via CNN:
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