I’ve maintained the belief that Ted Cruz has serious mental issues. Not like the scary, dangerous psychotic kind — but sociopathic perhaps. He just seems to be an individual who has absolutely no problem lying and manipulating to get his way at any given moment, then pretending as if the reality around him doesn’t exist. Our government shutdown was a prime example of that. Everyone with even a shred of common sense knew he was one of the biggest driving forces behind our government shutting down. Then when almost every poll showed Americans overwhelmingly blaming Republicans for the shutdown, he still maintained it was the fault of Democrats and that Republicans were “listening to the American people.”
While I see him to be a pansy, he seems to have a bully mentality. By that I don’t mean he bullies people (though some might claim he does by the way he uses tea party influence to try to get his way), but that bullies seem to have this mentality that no matter what they do, “it wasn’t my fault.” They can act like terrible human beings, feel absolutely no remorse for it, then remove themselves from any kind of responsibility for it.
This was on full display when Cruz sat down with Jonathan Karl on This Week With George Stephanopoulos to talk about big events from 2013, where of course the shutdown was a primary subject matter.
And in true Cruz fashion, his comments were utterly ridiculous.
Cruz actually claimed that he tries to stay above the politics in Washington. He said:
“This is a city where it’s all politics, all the time and I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics. I know that’s hard to believe, because no one in this town does that. This is a time for people to stand up and do the right thing.”
In the middle of Cruz’s comical comment, Karl actually let out a shocked, “Really?!”
It’s astonishing to watch him say these things with a straight face. He should either get an Oscar for being a magnificent actor or serious mental treatment for actually believing this ridiculous reality he’s apparently made up in his mind.
Even after Karl brought up the fact that Speaker of the House John Boehner (the default Republican leader and third in line for the presidency) admitted that this was a “Republican shutdown,” it had no impact on Cruz’s insistence that President Obama and Democrats were the ones to blame.
Watching Cruz say these outlandish comments literally made me laugh. Here was Karl basically saying, “Look, even the most powerful Republican in Congress said it was a Republican shutdown,” and Cruz sat there still insisting the shutdown was the fault of President Obama and Democrats.
Which might have been the most ridiculous part of this whole interview had Cruz not made the more ludicrous claim that he actually tries to say out of the politics in Washington. The guy who’s built his entire time in the Senate as a campaign for his 2016 presidential run, claiming he’s staying out of the politics in Washington? That’s a statement so ridiculous only someone as delusional as Ted Cruz could actually believe it.
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