Recently I joked with a friend that sometimes I think Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is secretly a liberal under deep cover to make the Republican party look as asinine as possible. While I know that’s not true, it’s just really difficult for me to wrap my mind around the fact that someone can be so ridiculous and wrong about so many things – yet there are millions of people who actually support and believe him.
I guess that’s what happens when people care more about listening to someone who tells them what they want to hear instead of what’s actually true.
It’s been well documented that Cruz is easily one of the most dishonest politicians we have in Congress. His entire political persona seems based upon a fictitious reality that only exists in his mind and those who support him. After all, this is the guy who feverishly pushed for a government shutdown, telling conservatives it could be successful, when absolutely nobody with any sort of common sense saw any scenario where anything the Texas senator was pushing for was going to happen. Heck, even members of his own party called him out for working up conservative voters with lies they knew were impossible to fulfill.
Well, if a recent interview Cruz did with CNBC’s John Harwood is any indication, it seems the Texas senator isn’t the biggest fan of fact-checking sites such as Politifact using his exact words against him.
After mentioning several claims Cruz has made, especially one recently about sending 125k IRS agents to the border (there are only 25k) and “Obamacare” killing jobs, Hardwood asked, “Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and say, ‘The guy’ll just say anything, doesn’t have to be true?’”
“There is a game that is played by left-wing editorial writers,” Cruz said. “It’s this new species of yellow journalism called Politifact. Colloquially I was referring to all the employees as agents. That particular stat is in a joke I used. So, they’re literally fact-checking a joke. I say that explicitly tongue in cheek.”
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the non-partisan Politifact is apparently “a left-wing editorial” filled with “yellow journalism” because Cruz seems immune to saying anything truthful.
Oh, but his misinformation and lies are okay, because if he ever gets called out on something ridiculous he’s said – he was just joking.
Trust me, when I saw him make the claim about sending “125k IRS agents to the border” a few weeks ago, he wasn’t kidding.
Though this isn’t the first time Cruz has whined because Politifact continues to point out the fact that he seems unable to be honest about much of anything.
Personally, I cannot wait until the debates start. While Mitt Romney might have made many fact-checkers work overtime, I think Cruz is going to cause a full-blown spike in employment for fact checkers. Cruz has proven time and time again that he doesn’t care how wrong he is, or how much he lies, because he’s well aware that the voters to which he’s appealing aren’t concerned with the truth – they just want someone to tell them what they want to hear, no matter how inaccurate it is.
And that’s exactly what Ted Cruz does.
Watch the interview below via CNBC: