Republican Rep. Peter King Trashes Ted Cruz, Rand Paul: They’re Not ‘Responsible Adults’ (Video)

peter-king-cruz-paulIt seems safe to say that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn’t the biggest fan of tea party favorites Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).


In what can best be described as an absolute trashing of the two ultra-conservative senators, King ripped into the behavior of the two men yesterday and suggested that they’re not “responsible adults.”

“Rand Paul is concerned about drones, he’s afraid the CIA might use drones to attack Americans drinking coffee in Starbucks,” King quipped.

I wonder if King is aware of Paul’s comments from nearly two years ago where he stated that he would support the use of American drones to kill a hypothetical person who had just robbed a liquor store of $50. At the time, his comments were especially hypocritical considering just a few weeks earlier he had staged an anti-drone filibuster and has made it a point to express his opposition to our use of drones in combat.

Then King set his sights on Cruz.

“Then we have Ted Cruz, who believed that the government should be shut down a year and a half ago,” King said. “Again, do you really want a commander-in-chief who thinks the way to run the government is to read Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor and shut down the United States government?”

Ouch.

Cruz is easily one of the most detestable people in our government. I would rather listen to an hour of Sarah Palin rambling incoherently about whatever flows through her head than watch Cruz give a 10 minute speech. He’s nothing more than a puppet for the tea party. It is my belief that his entire strategy for 2016 has been to become such a big superstar to tea party conservatives that it might be enough to give him the GOP nomination. And it’s not just that he’s a radical right-winger, it’s that he’s easily one of the most dishonest members of Congress. Almost nothing he says is true.

If early polls are any indication, thankfully, his strategy does not appear to be working. In fact, a poll from a while back actually showed that the more people got to know Cruz, the less they actually liked him.


While King isn’t someone I would agree with on many things, I’ll at least give him credit for not being afraid to call out members of his own party for acting completely ridiculous. But that’s what happens when two individuals have spent the vast majority of their time as United States Senators setting up future presidential campaigns.

In a way, I almost hope King follows through on his threat to run for president in what he’s called an attempt to keep Cruz and Paul from embarrassing the Republican party (good luck with that). While I can’t tell you who’s going to win the GOP nomination, I can promise that the entire primary is going to be one of the most absurd spectacles this country has ever seen.

Watch King’s comments below:





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  • strayaway

    Peter King, like McCain, is from the war state / police state big government wing of the Republican Party and therefore has a lot in common with many progressives. It is no wonder that this is the third time articles have been written lauding Peter King on this website.