Ted Cruz Tosses This Gem Out: ‘I Have Consistently Opposed Shutdowns’


After a two-plus day government shutdown, the Senate reached a deal to end the shutdown earlier today, voting to pass a three-week continuing resolution that would also fund CHIP for six years. In return, Democrats were promised that legislation regarding DACA will go to the Senate floor if lawmakers can’t reach a deal by February 8th, when this latest CR ends.

Following the news over this short-term agreement, one GOP lawmaker who was essentially the face of the last shutdown in 2013 attempted to convince reporters that he has always been against the idea of shutting down the government.

Asked if shutdowns are a “good piece of leverage,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) insisted that not only does he disagree with using government funding to get what you want, he pushed against that back in 2013.

“We should not be shutting the government down,” Cruz said. “I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013, I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. I went to the floor asking unanimous consent to reopen the government.”

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, obviously remembering Cruz engaging in a 21-hour Senate floor filibuster that infamously included him reciting ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ pushed back, noting that he “stood in the way of that.” The Texas lawmaker claimed that was “factually incorrect” before stating that every Democrat voted to shut down the government in 2013.

“Sir, that’s simply not the case,” Hunt exclaimed. “This was about Obamacare funding.”

After Cruz again said that was incorrect, he was asked why a bunch of GOP senators were angry with him when the government shut down in 2013 if he had nothing to do with orchestrating the shutdown. He blamed it on Republicans being divided back then before boasting that he wrote a book about it.

Following Cruz’s amazing declaration, folks on Twitter had some thoughts:

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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