Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has turned his political career into nothing but a pathetic sideshow attraction.
As a Texan, it’s extremely depressing to see my state support such a babbling fool. I get that this is a “red state,” but even by Republican standards Cruz is an absolute joke. While he’s embraced by the tea party, he’s mostly shunned by the vast majority of the less crazy members of the GOP. In his short time in the Senate he’s easily become one of the most polarizing figures in all of government – and not in a good way.
Well, while giving a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Cruz absolutely embarrassed himself after several “applause points” were met with absolute silence by those in attendance.
For those who might be confused as to what the term “applause points” means, they’re basically points in a speech specifically meant to bring about a positive response from a crowd. While most politicians obviously use them, Cruz’s entire persona seems to be built on them.
“Five years ago reasonable minds could have differed on whether this was a good idea,” Cruz said of the Affordable Care Act. “But today, seeing millions of American who’ve lost their jobs, who’ve been forced into part time work, who’ve lost their heatlh care, who’ve lost their doctor, it is the essence of reasonableness, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge this thing isn’t working. We need to repeal it and start over.”
I guess Cruz didn’t get the memo that the IAFF supported the Affordable Care Act.
“Although we can’t agree on a lot of what he said, he’s certainly entitled to his point of view,” Guy Turner of Abilene, president of the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, said afterward. “It is time to focus your efforts on another argument, not the Affordable Care Act. The American people are going to pay for healthcare one way or another. Either through the Affordable Care Act or for those individuals who go uninsured and still receive treatment and don’t pay anything.”
But it wasn’t just his propaganda against the ACA that drew crickets. His radical attacks on the IRS, suggesting that it be completely abolished and the agents be sent to the border, were also met with silence from the crowd.
The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time Cruz has been embarrassed while giving a speech where the crowd wasn’t exactly thrilled with what he had to say.
This is what happens when a politician buys into his own lies. When someone like Cruz is speaking in front of a bunch of radical right-wing tea party voters who don’t care about truth, this is the sort of ridiculous speech that would have been a huge hit. But when he tried to pull this kind of nonsense in front of a group of people who actually care about facts, and have the ability to think rationally and for themselves, he was basically humiliated.
Watch part of his comments below:
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