Before Donald Trump stood tall as the most dishonest Republican in this country, there was Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Possibly the most loathed man in either major party — including Trump — Cruz’s lying was rather infamous. While it’s now dwarfed when compared to the fictional tales of delusion and conspiracies often pushed by Trump, the fact still remains that Cruz is, by far, one of the most dishonest people we have working in our government.
For example, here recently when he told one of the most outrageous lies I’ve ever heard him say, which is notable considering he’s built most of his political career on one blatant lie after another.
During an exchange between Cruz and a reporter on January 22nd, the senator claimed that he has “consistently opposed [government] shutdowns.”
That is total bullshit, deservedly earning Politifact’s worst rating for factual accuracy of “Pants on Fire.”
In 2013, Cruz was, quite possibly, the most influential figure within the GOP leading the charge that eventually resulted in a government shutdown. At the time, even members of his own party criticized his rhetoric trying to defund Obamacare when Republicans didn’t have the power in Congress, or the White House, to accomplish that goal. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Cruz from continuing to push anti-Obamacare rhetoric in a grandstanding effort to earn points with the conservative base as he geared up for his eventual 2016 presidential run.
However, according to Cruz, he’s always been against government shutdowns.
So, what’s his “logic” behind such an absurd statement?
Well, because he was simply opposing funding Obamacare, not the government itself. So according to Cruz’s spin, he never wanted to see the government closed — just Obamacare defunded.
That’s completely ridiculous because, at the time, Democrats controlled the Senate and the White House, thus making any effort to not fund Obamacare pointless. So, while Cruz most definitely played a key role in shutting down the government in 2013, he’s trying to claim that isn’t factually accurate based on a technicality in how he voted.
Unfortunately for him, that argument isn’t factual, either. After a bipartisan deal was struck to reopen the government, Cruz voted against that measure.
As noted by Politifact:
Cruz said, “I have consistently opposed shutdowns.” Debunking this assertion doesn’t even require leveraging the many Republican statements criticizing Cruz’s legislative tactics for prompting the 2013 government shutdown. It only requires using the standard Cruz laid out in the same interview — that “only one thing causes a shutdown: when you have senators vote to deny cloture on a funding bill.”
Cruz did that very thing in 2013, when he was one of 16 senators to vote against cloture for the spending bill that would go on to end the shutdown. He was also one of 18 senators to vote against the bill itself.
Meaning that, had Cruz gotten his way in 2013, the government would have remained closed.
In other words, Cruz voted against reopening the government.
This is all ridiculous anyway considering Cruz’s initial argument is absurd.
Under no circumstances were Republicans ever going to successfully defund Obamacare as long as Obama was president. So it doesn’t matter if Cruz continually voted for a measure to fund the government that omitted money for the Affordable Care Act because that was never going to be successful.
While he’s told plenty of lies throughout his career, this is possibly one of the best examples of what a dishonest, pathological-lying con man Sen. Ted Cruz truly is.