Cruz Defends Missing Lynch Confirmation Vote for Fundraiser: ‘Absence Is the Equivalent of a No Vote’


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is aware that the world thinks he’s an unprincipled hack for abstaining in the Loretta Lynch confirmation vote because the vote conflicted with a scheduled fundraising trip back to Texas. But Cruz is here to use his parliamentarian mumbo-jumbo to turn his missed vote into a “no” vote!

Per the AP:

Initially, if this interview he did with the Iowa blog Caffeinated Thoughts indicates anything, Cruz had simply argued that his vote against cloture, AKA the Senate mechanism that ends debate on a bill, was the one that actually mattered:

Cloture was the vote that mattered. It was the 60-vote threshold where if Republicans stood together she would not have been confirmed. Unfortunately, Republican leadership made the decision that they wanted to allow her to be confirmed, and I gave a long and passionate on the Senate floor pointing out that there are a lot of people across the country frustrated.

But this entire “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” means “no” line…okay, this is a new one, Ted.

Here is a chart of 99 other Senators who understand the difference between “yes” and “no”:

[h/t BuzzFeed]
[Image via screenshot/Caffeinated Thoughts]

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