Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is battling Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke to maintain his seat, and with less than two weeks away until the election, he is grasping at any chance he gets to discredit the Democrats including making over the top accusations.
On Wednesday, Cruz went on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily,” blaming Democrats for “encouraging” over-the-top political behavior and rhetoric. This comes after a series of suspicious packages containing bombs were sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats earlier in the day.
Cruz said that all sides needed to tone down their rhetoric and disagree in a civil manner. Ironically, though, when asked if Mr. Trump could do more to aid that effort, Cruz shifted the blame to the Democrats. He said:
‘I think the media always focuses on the president There are too many Democratic politicians that are actively encouraging this.’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tells Chuck that' "too many" Democratic leaders are "actively encouraging" the political divide. pic.twitter.com/PT2ab4wYrl
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 24, 2018
Cruz also pointed a finger at Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) who encouraged supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public spaces. Cruz made his statements just hours after the Capitol Police had intercepted a suspicious package at a congressional mail-sorting facility addressed to her.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who has also encouraged people to be vocal and advocate for issues they care about, and urged a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., to “get up in the face of some congresspeople,” was also criticized by Cruz.
It is beginning to sound like Cruz just doesn’t want anyone speaking their mind or having a voice unless it is to get out the Republican vote.
Just like Trump, Cruz’ attention also turned to Hillary Clinton. Cruz said:
‘I thought it was unfortunate when Hillary Clinton said “we can be civil after the Democrats win. That’s wrong,”‘
Cruz’ comments were in reference to something Clinton said earlier in October. In an interview with CNN, Hillary said:
‘You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.’
Clearly, Cruz feels absolutely threatened at this point, especially considering he is running a tight race with an opponent who could very likely sweep him under and grab up that seat.
Cruz did condemn the threats that happened on Wednesday against Democratic officials and the media. Cruz said people should be able to disagree without resorting to violence. He said:
‘This has been a very divided time, a polarized time. Violence is never okay, and it doesn’t matter where on the political spectrum it comes. These bombs that were apparently sent to Soros and Obama and Clinton, is deeply troubling. On its face it appears to be a terrorist act. I hope the person is caught, is prosecuted and goes to jail for a long, long time.’
What is scary and dangerous though is that Trump has set the tone and climate for the events that are currently happening. Let us not forget that he labeled the Democratic Party “an angry mob,” and attacked the press as “the enemy of the American people.”
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