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Ted Cruz slams ‘evil’ critical race theory as a ‘lie,’ calls it ‘every bit as racist as a Klansmen in white sheets’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lambasted critical race theory, calling it an “evil” concept derived from Marxism, and “every bit as racist as a Klansmen in white sheets.” Cruz made his fiery comments about critical race theory on Friday during a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference.

According to Cruz, a reporter tried to get the Republican senator on a “gotcha” question last week, asking him, “What is critical race theory?” Cruz theorized the Capitol Hill reporter thought the question would trip him up because the reporter likely believes “conservatives are morons,” and they “don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“I explained to him and I said, ‘Well, it’s a theory that derives from Marxism. Carl Marx viewed the entire world as a conflict between classes, between the owners of capital and the working men and women, the proletariat,'” Cruz said. “A fundamental battle in society.”

“Critical race theory takes that same Marxist concept except it replaces ‘class’ with ‘race,'” he explained. “And it says all of America and all of the world is a battle between the races.”

“Critical race theory says every white person is a racist,” Cruz stated. “Critical race theory says America’s fundamentally racist and irredeemably racist. Critical race theory seeks to turn us against each other and if someone has a different color skin, seeks to make us hate that person.”

“And let me tell you right now, critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie and it is every bit as racist as the Klansmen in white sheets,” Cruz emphatically proclaimed, which was greeted by applause from the conservative audience.

“As a Christian and as an American, I love my brothers and sisters, whatever skin color you are, whatever ethnicity you are, whatever faith you are, whatever creed you are,” Cruz declared. “We are commanded to love, period, the end.”

“And those who would divide us, those who would spread lies, it is evil,” he concluded. “It is exactly that, it is evil.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People countered Cruz’s comments on critical race theory.

“Critical race theory is an academic and legal framework that examines the impact of systemic racism on American society,” the NAACP tweeted. “Refusing to examine our history denotes that nothing is wrong with our systems or history.”

Critical race theory has dominated headlines in the past months and become a major topic in the culture war between left and right factions. Republican politicians across the country have taken steps to ban CRT from public schools.

Last week, Florida became the latest state to ban critical race theory.

“Florida’s education system exists to create opportunity for our children,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated. “Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools.”

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Sen. Cruz pressures NCAA president on threats to states that pass fairness in women’s sports laws

NCAA President Mark Emmert on Wednesday faced questions from Sen. Ted Cruz over his organization’s policy on transgender athletes and fairness in women’s sports.

Emmert appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee to testify as an expert witness during a hearing on college athlete compensation. But when it was Cruz’s turn to ask questions, the senator from Texas pressured the NCAA president on transgender issues and his organization’s threat to punish states that pass laws that prohibit male athletes who identify as transgender from competing in women’s sports.

“I am concerned about just how political the NCAA has gotten on the question of transgender athletes,” Cruz said.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has threatened to pull championship collegiate games from states that enact laws barring transgender athletes from playing on teams associated with their self-declared gender identity.

In a statement issued in April, the organization announced it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports” and that “when determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.”

“That was a not remotely subtle threat for the NCAA to target and boycott any states where legislatures are acting to protect girls sports and women’s sports,” charged Cruz.

“Now, it used to not be controversial to observe that there are biological differences between boys and girls, and when it comes to athletics, there are, can be significant physical advantages for those who are born biologically male in terms of strength and size. And that’s why we have girls sports and boys sports and men’s sports and women’s sports in organized athletics. And the science continues to demonstrate that,” Cruz continued.

“Why does the NCAA think it is fair to girls or to women competing in sports to expect them to compete against individuals who were born biologically male? And is the NCAA concerned about some of the results we’re seeing, for example, Connecticut high school track where biological males are setting record after record after record in girls track and winning the championships,” he asked.

“Is that fair to the girls and to the women who had been competing in the sports?”

“Senator, first of all, as you point out, this is a very challenging issues and the member schools of the association have worked very hard to try and not make it a political issue,” Emmert replied, noting that the NCAA has attempted to align “as closely as possible” with what the USA and International Olympics policy is.

He explained that to strike a “balance” between what is “inclusive” and what is “fair,” “student athletes in NCAA competition who are transgendered women, for example, are allowed to compete but only after they’ve been under a doctor’s care for no less than a year and have had testosterone suppression treatments that have lowered their testosterone levels to be functional equivalent of a woman.”

Emmert added that in the example Cruz cited, the transgender athletes in question “would not have been allowed to compete in NCAA championships.”

“We’ve been constantly trying to stay abreast of the science and make sure that we’re striking a balance where we don’t put women athletes at a disadvantage while still trying to provide an inclusive environment,” Emmert said.

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Ted Cruz leads GOP stand against vaccine passports, introduces bill banning vaccine verification measures

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is leading the Republican Party’s stand against COVID-19 vaccine passports, introducing a bill on Friday that would prohibit the federal government from enacting vaccine verification measures for the near future.

What are the details?

The bill, according to a press release, would “stop the federal government from establishing COVID-19 passports or working with third parties to establish their own vaccine passports, such as airlines or other global entities.”

The legislation would also impose a 5-year prohibition on “any government vaccine mandate” for those vaccines first used through an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, each of the three vaccines being used in the United States have been awarded EUA only. Pfizer, the vaccine first awarded EUA, has applied for full approval.

Cruz introduced the bill alongside Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).

What did Cruz say?

In a statement, Cruz said banning vaccine passports are necessary to protect Americans’ privacy.

Americans shouldn’t be discriminated against because of COVID-19 vaccine status — whether that is at work or in everyday life. Americans have a well-established right to privacy that any mandated vaccine passport would destroy. A vaccine passport would be discriminatory against people who, for whatever reason, do not get the COVID-19 vaccine. We should be encouraging individuals to receive the vaccine through increased patient protections, not mandating it.

The truth is not everyone can receive the COVID-19 vaccine — for legitimate reasons. I got the vaccine because it was the right decision for me, but people should be free to make the decision that is right for them and consult with their doctor if they have concerns. Individuals who are unable to receive the vaccine should not be denied access to aspects of everyday life or the opportunity to participate in society. Mandating the vaccine or requiring all individuals to be fully vaccinated before returning to normal life could prevent America from fully reopening.

Braun and Lummis echoed Cruz’s concerns.

“The COVID vaccines are a medical miracle and getting vaccinated is a personal decision some may choose not to make for a variety of reasons. I’m proud to stand with Senator Cruz against vaccine passports,” Braun said.

“The government should not be in the business of exposing Americans’ private health information. Our job should be to protect citizens’ privacy rights — that’s what the 4th Amendment of our Constitution is about,” Lummis said.

Will the government enact a vaccine passport?

The bill was announced on the same day that Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said the Biden administration is “taking a very close look” at implementing vaccine passports for international travel.

“We’re taking a very close look at that, you know, one of our principles that has guided us throughout this pandemic is the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised,” Mayorkas said.

However, a DHS spokesperson later clarified that Mayorkas was referring to helping Americans travel internationally — not implementing a vaccine passport for Americans.

“We’ve always said we’re looking at how we can ensure Americans traveling abroad have a quick and easy way to enter other countries,” the spokesperson said, according to Axios. “That’s what the Secretary was referring to; ensuring that all U.S. travelers will be able to easily meet any anticipated foreign country entry requirements.”

While the government has not announced any intention to enact vaccine passports, New York introduced a verification program in the Empire State, while Oregon is also requiring proof of vaccination for maskless entry into businesses and churches.

Numerous other states, however, have enacted prohibitions against vaccine passports.

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Ted Cruz thoroughly shreds Brian Williams after MSNBC host calls him ‘Kremlin Cruz’: ‘You are Pravda’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) punched back at MSNBC host Brian Williams on Friday after the journalist labeled him “Kremlin Cruz” for recently criticizing an American military advertisement.

What is the background?

Veterans condemned Cruz this week after he mocked an advertisement for the U.S. military. Cruz was responding to a TikTok video that juxtaposed a U.S. military ad and a video of Russian soldiers.

“Holy crap. Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea…” Cruz wrote in a tweet that went viral.

Critics falsely claimed that Cruz’s response meant he was showing preference for Russian soldiers over Americans. “Ted Cruz attacks a US Army soldier for telling her story, says he prefers Russians. Because Ted Cruz is a sedition-loving traitor,” a liberal veteran advocacy group said.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), herself a veteran, responded, “Holy crap. Perhaps a U.S. Senator shouldn’t suggest that the *Russian* military is better than the American military that protected him from an insurrection he helped foment?”

What did Brian Williams say?

The disgraced journalist claimed Russia is happy over Cruz’s response to the video, suggested Cruz wants to become president of Russia, and assigned Cruz the nickname “Kremlin Cruz.”

“By all accounts, Ted Cruz did not like the nickname ‘Cancun Cruz,’ though he tried joking about it, acting like it didn’t matter. He really won’t like being called ‘Kremlin Cruz’ after his latest and remarkably stupid lapse in judgement,” Williams said.

Before playing the video, Williams added, “Remember as you watch this, just how much Ted Cruz dreams of being president of a country some day — perhaps not this country.”

After playing the video, Williams said, “The Russians already reach deep into our society every day. Their disinformation is all over our media already. And it quietly tears us apart. Imagine how happy it makes them to have yet another advocate among Republican members of the Senate.”

How did Cruz respond?

In a lengthy response, Cruz noted that Williams was fired by NBC News for lying, and thoroughly rebuked Williams for suggesting he has a fondness for Russia.

“Is there a more pitiful example of corrupt corporate media than Brian Williams?” Cruz began. “He was fired as the anchor of NBC Nightly News for ‘misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.’ Now, he’s a left-wing hack at MSNBC.”

“Now, he’s throwing a hissy fit that I criticized the ridiculously woke video that the Biden admin put out,” he continued. “Williams accidentally told the truth, when he describes it as ‘a video meant to diminish the U.S. military.’ TRUE. That’s the problem. (The Pentagon put it out.).”

Cruz went on to say:

Now, with his trademark ignorant snark, he’s dubbed me “Kremlin Cruz.”

Three problems: (1) I hate communists, my family was imprisoned & tortured by communists, and Brian is a shameless apologist for Russian (and Chinese and Cuban) communists. (2) I was arguing that our military needs to be able to kick the ass of Russian soldiers. It’s Brian & his lefty comrades that are working relentlessly to diminish the effectiveness of the U.S. military—the finest fighting force on the face of the planet. And (3) JUST THIS WEEK Biden gave Putin a multi-billion-dollar gift, when he waived mandatory U.S. sanctions to allow Russia to build Nord Stream 2, a massive natural gas pipeline to Germany. Who authored the sanctions that STOPPED NS2? That would be me.

“Cover that, Brian. But that would be actual news, something you don’t do. Use your condescending wit to call Biden ‘Kremlin Joe’—he’s the one illegally giving billions to Putin. But your corporate overlords wouldn’t let you,” Cruz concluded. “Congrats, Brian. You are Pravda.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz responds after MSNBC’s Joy Reid accuses him of being a race traitor

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired back at MSNBC host Joy Reid after she said Tuesday that Cruz was betraying his race by opposing the “For the People Act,” a sweeping piece of legislation supported by Democrats that would radically transform state and federal elections laws.

Earlier this week, Cruz flipped the script on Democrats by claiming the “For the People Act” would weaken election security and implement “Jim Crow 2.0” to “steal voting rights from the American people.” His use of the phrase “Jim Crow 2.0” was cheeky — it’s the same phrase Democrats have used to describe new Republican-supported election integrity laws in Georgia, Florida, Texas, and elsewhere.

On a panel discussing the legislation with Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and NAACP attorney Janai Nelson, Reid and the others agreed that Cruz’s opposition to the bill and his use of the term “Jim Crow” was “beyond offensive.”

She called Cruz “Stephen from Django Unchained,” referring to the character Stephen from the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film who is a house slave in antebellum Mississippi that supports his cruel master’s oppression of the other black slaves.

“Ted Cruz says a lot of stupid things. He does a lot of stupid things. But I personally, as a person of color, as a black person, am beyond offended that he would dare use the word ‘Jim Crow’ when his party is literally a ‘Jim Crow’ party at this point trying to suppress the votes of people, including in his home state,” Reid said.

Continuing, Reid said Cruz “could give a damn about Jim Crow” and claimed without evidence that he “never raised once concern ever in his entire life … about Jim Crow or racism or discrimination.” She accused Republicans of wanting to prevent non-white people from voting and claimed that without the “For the People Act” overturning election security measures, the United States “may never get another free and fair election again.”

“I think what you see here on your screen is what Republicans fear in the voting booth,” Reid said, gesturing to guests Padilla and Nelson and referring to their skin color. “And they’re going to do everything they can to make sure it doesn’t happen, including Stephen from Django Unchained, AKA Ted Cruz, who is working to stop fellow people of color from voting, which is amazing.”

Cruz responded to Reid’s racist remarks Wednesday, accusing Reid of using a racial slur.

“I appreciate MSNBC lecturing me on how people of “my race” are supposed to vote. This arrogant condescension is a big reason Hispanic voters are moving right in large numbers,” Cruz tweeted. “Also, why is MSNBC ok with their hosts using overt racial slurs (‘Stephen from Django’)?”

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Law student confronts Sen. Ted Cruz on Republican ‘court packing’ and gets taken to school

A Georgetown law student confronted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday about “court packing,” redefining the term to demand why Cruz was opposed to efforts by Democrats to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court by four.

Cruz was speaking at a news conference with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in front of the Supreme Court about a Democratic bill to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court from nine to 13. The senator from Texas accused Democrats of making a “power grab.”

“You didn’t see Republicans, when we had control of the Senate, try to rig the game. You didn’t see us try to pack the court,” he said.

After his remarks, a self-identified “law student” approached the senators and demanded to know what the difference was between “packing the courts” and the Republican Senate majority’s actions in 2016 to prevent a Democratic president from filling vacancies on the court and in 2020 to install a Republican-nominated justice.

“Senators, how is court packing any different than what the Republicans did in 2016 and 2020?” the law student asked.

“We filled vacancies, that’s not packing the court,” Cruz responded.

“They’re doing something that’s allowed under the Constitution,” the student pressed. “It’s not an obstruction to the rule of law if it’s in the law.”

“Sure it is,” Cruz replied. “It’s politicizing the court.”

“You politicized the court in 2016!” the student charged, echoing talking points from Democrats who were outraged by the GOP’s actions after the deaths of Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 2016, when Scalia died, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Court vacancy, Merrick Garland. The vacancy was not filled until several months later, after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. After Ginsburg’s death in 2020, Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill that vacancy and Republicans swiftly acted to confirm her to the Court before the presidential election, leading to Democratic accusations of hypocrisy.

The law student insisted there is no difference between what Republicans did and what Democrats are now trying to do by expanding the court.

“We didn’t pack the court, we didn’t add a single justice,” Cruz shot back. “We could’ve done this same garbage, but we didn’t because it would’ve been wrong.”

Traditionally, “packing the court” has been understood to refer to efforts by a political party to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court in order to achieve more favorable rulings. Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt infamously threatened to add up to six justices to the Supreme Court in 1937 after the Court had struck down several of his New Deal programs.

But last October, after facing repeated questions on whether he would support an effort to pack the courts as president, then-candidate Biden said, “the fact is that the only packing going on is this court is being packed now by the Republicans after the vote is already begun.” Overnight the Democratic Party, the media, and liberal legal scholars redefined the term “court packing” to include any perceived effort to manipulate the Supreme Court’s membership for partisan ends.

Cruz contested this new definition, insisting that a threat to expand the number of justices on the court to achieve partisan-favored rulings is fundamentally different from filling a vacancy.

“Look,” he said. “If there’s a judicial vacancy Joe Biden and the Democrats in the Senate are entitled to act to try to fill it and if they nominate someone bad, we’ll oppose that justice. That’s the political process, that’s how it operates.”

The law student then tried to argue “packing the court” is also part of the normal political process because it’s a power Congress has in the Constitution. But Cruz wasn’t having it.

“We’ve had nine justices for 150 years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it’d be a mistake to change from nine. Stephen Breyer said it would be a mistake to change from nine,” Cruz said, citing two of the most liberal Supreme Court justices to ever serve on the bench. “This is an abuse of power.”

When the law student said he was sure Ginsburg or Breyer wouldn’t approve of the Republicans filling court vacancies in 2016 and 2020, Cruz tried to explain the difference one more time, as if speaking to an idiot.

“Filling a vacancy is fundamentally different from packing the court and tearing it down — and listen, if the Democrats add four new justices it also starts a ridiculous escalation. What does that mean? It means the next time Republicans take over, we add four new justices. That is a terrible thing. We don’t need a Supreme Court with 35 judges on it. We’ve had nine for 150 years and we need to respect the rule of law.”

After the student posted the exchange on social media, his professor Josh Chafetz shared the video, praising his student.

“One of my students came across Ted Cruz’s anti-Court-packing press conference and naturally gave him hell,” Chafetz wrote.

But Cruz responded, calling the episode “embarrassing” for both the student and the professor.

“I assumed he was a Dem tracker reciting talking points,” Cruz tweeted. “Not sure what’s more embarrassing: that he’s an actual law student who doesn’t know the difference [between] filling vacancies & packing the Court. Or that his law prof is proud of his ignorance & thinks it’s ‘giving me hell.'”

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Stacey Abrams repeats claim 2018 governor’s race was ‘stolen’ when pressed by Sen. Ted Cruz

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Tuesday repeated her false claims that the 2018 race for governor in Georgia was “stolen” while testifying at a Senate hearing on voting rights.

Abrams was enlisted by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats as the star witness for their hearing, “Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote,” which examined the new election reforms adopted by Georgia last month. Democrats, including Abrams and President Joe BIden, have accused Georgia Republicans of reintroducing “Jim Crow,” claiming the Georgia law makes it harder for blacks and other minorities to vote — a charge Republicans vehemently deny.

At the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) grilled Abrams on whether she still believes the 2018 race for governor was stolen from her, noting that she never conceded the race to Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

“It’s been over two years, and you still refuse to concede that you lost the race for governor in Georgia in 2018,” Cruz said. “Yes or no, today, do you still maintain that the 2018 Georgia election was stolen?”

“As I have always said, I acknowledged at the very beginning that Brian Kemp won under the rules in place. What I object to are rules that permitted thousands of Georgia voters to be denied their participation in this election, to have their votes cast out. And so I will continue to disagree with the system until it is fixed,” Abrams replied.

But Cruz pressed her to answer a “yes or no” question on whether she still maintains the 2018 election was stolen.

“My full language was that it was stolen from the voters of Georgia. We do not know what they would have done because not every eligible Georgian was able to participate fully in the election,” she argued.

Following up, Cruz reminded Abrams that she previously told the New York Times that her loss “was fully attributable to voter suppression.”

“Ms. Abrams, do you know in Georgia whether the percentage of African American Georgians who are registered to vote and who turned out to vote is it higher or lower than the national average?” he asked.

Abrams admitted “it is higher than the national average because Georgia’s one of the largest states with an African American population.”

Cruz noted that the percentage of black people registered to vote in Georgia in 2018 was 64.7%, higher than the national average of 60.2%. He said that the percentage of Georgians who voted in 2018 was 56.3%, higher than the national average of 48%.

“Let me ask you this, Ms. Abrams,” Cruz continued. “In 2018, do you know which demographic group in Georgia had the highest registration percentage and the highest turnout percentage?”

“I have a guess but I will defer to you for the answer,” Abrams responded.

“The answer is African Americans had the highest registration and the highest turnout despite your claiming that the election was stolen and that there was somehow voter suppression,” Cruz informed her.

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Chris Cuomo chastises Ted Cruz for no longer wearing a mask at the Capitol, Texas senator strikes back

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is done wearing a face mask at the Capitol now that he has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

“At this point I’ve been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated,” Cruz told CNN on Thursday. “CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated, don’t need to wear masks.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are senators who have yet to be vaccinated, according to Forbes. However, Paul has been infected and has coronavirus antibodies.

CNN host Chris Cuomo chastised Cruz for not wearing a face mask inside the Capitol building.

“It is baffling when you have people like Senator Ted Cruz joining Rand Paul in ditching his mask as they walk the halls of Congress,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that not all of the Capitol staffers and people in the media have been vaccinated yet. The CNN host added that the CDC advises that people continue to wear masks after being vaccinated. Cuomo accused Cruz of “playing politics” by not wearing a face mask.

Cruz struck back at Cuomo by taking a shot at his New York governor brother Andrew Cuomo.

“Hey Chris — did your bother ‘believe in science’ when he sent Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers & then repeatedly lied about it?? Oh, I forgot, CNN won’t cover that,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Cruz was making a reference to New York’s nursing home deaths, and the FBI investigation into the allegations of state officials intentionally underreported nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coincidentally, Chris Cuomo was reportedly sent a letter from the building superintendent of his New York City residence last year for repeatedly not wearing a face mask and disobeying his own brother’s mask mandate.

Last month, there was an incident when a reporter asked Cruz to put on a mask during a press conference.

“When I’m talking to the TV camera I’m not going to wear a mask, and all of us have been immunized,” Cruz said as he made a gesture to his fellow lawmakers in the room at the time. “You’re welcome to step away if you like.”

Cruz noted that the “whole point of a vaccine” was so that people no longer have to wear a mask.

Cruz joins Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who hasn’t been wearing a mask after he was the first U.S. senator to contract coronavirus. Paul contends that his antibodies are sufficient protection after being infected with COVID-19 in March 2020.

“Modern medicine shows us that immunity is based on having antibodies. Why do they think medicine is trying so hard to get a coronavirus vaccine? Immunity,” Paul wrote on Twitter last May. “I have taken an antibody test and am positive for long term Covid-19 antibodies.”

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Ted Cruz blasts John Boehner for ‘drunken, bloviated scorn’ after former House Speaker called him a ‘political terrorist’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) exchanged a war of words with former House Speaker John Boehner. Cruz attacked the fellow Republican after a teaser video clip from an upcoming “CBS Sunday Morning” interview featured Boehner calling Cruz a “jerk” and a “political terrorist.”

While out promoting his new book “On the House: A Washington Memoir” that is set for release on Tuesday, Boehner lambasted Trump allies Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) by calling them “political terrorists.” Boehner hammered Jordan, criticizing the fellow Ohioan, “I just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart and never building anything, never putting anything together.”

In the interview with CBS News journalist John Dickerson, Boehner called Cruz the “ultimate false prophet,” according to the Daily Caller.

“I don’t beat anybody up, it’s not really my style, except for that jerk,” Boehner said of Cruz. “Perfect symbol, you know, of getting elected, making a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you’re gonna go make more noise, raise more money.”

Cruz fired back at Boehner on Twitter.

“The Swamp is unhappy,” Cruz tweeted. “I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn.”

“Please don’t cry,” Cruz added, referring to several occasions when Boehner got emotional in public.

While recording the audiobook of his upcoming memoir, Boehner reportedly went off script and cursed at Cruz. Boehner allegedly told Cruz to “go f*** yourself.”

Cruz responded to the report during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

“You know yesterday, John Boehner made some news,” Cruz said at CPAC. “He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible. To which my response was, who’s John Boehner?”

Boehner tweeted, “Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives.”

In 2016, Boehner said Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh.”

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Democrats reject efforts to prevent stimulus checks from going to prisoners, illegal immigrants

Senate Democrats rejected efforts on Saturday to keep the forthcoming pandemic-related economic stimulus out of the hands of imprisoned criminals and immigrants who are living in the United Stated illegally.

Prior to approving a whopping $1.9 trillion stimulus package — which is stuffed with items completely unrelated to COVID-19 relief — Republicans proposed numerous amendments that would have more responsibly directed aid at those Americans who need it most.

Republicans, however, were unsuccessful in leaning down the bill, which was ultimately approved without support from a single Republican senator.

What did Democrats reject?

Republicans Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Tom Cotton (Ark.) introduced an amendment that would have prevented “any individual who is incarcerated in a Federal or State prison” from receiving stimulus checks.

Democrats rejected the effort, 50-49, which would have saved taxpayers nearly $2 billion.

“Prisoners do not pay taxes. Taxpayers pay for their every need. Inmates cannot stimulate the economy. But, under this bill they receive stimulus checks. This is a perfect example of nontargeted, inappropriate, and total waste of spending. It’s ridiculous that this is in the bill,” Cassidy said in a statement.

Cruz similarly introduced an amendment that would have prevented immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from receiving checks.

Democrats also rejected that effort, 50-49.

“Joe Biden and the Democrats want to give illegal aliens $1,400 COVID relief checks. I proposed an amendment to prevent that from happening,” Cruz said.

Cruz explained, “Democrats just voted against my amendment that would have prevented American taxpayer dollars from being handed out to illegal aliens in the form of $1,400 stimulus checks.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban (D-Ill.), however, accused Cruz of being dishonest.

“The statement of the senator from Texas is just plain false. False! Let me be clear: Undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks,” Durbin said, The Hill reported.

Amendments that were also rejected include one to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to continue, another to provide more targeted pandemic relief, and one to require in-person learning for education funding, among other amendments.

Anything else?

President Joe Biden said Saturday that Americans will begin to receive their stimulus checks this month after the House approves changes to the stimulus bill made by the Senate.

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Joe Rogan defends Ted Cruz over Cancún controversy: ‘Can he make it warm out?’

Comedian Joe Rogan appeared to defend Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a new episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience” after the Republican lawmaker was bashed for briefly traveling to Cancún last week with his family.

What is the background?

Cruz found himself at the center of controversy after he was spotted flying to Cancún. Such a trip may be commonplace for affluent Houston residents, considering the short distance between Houston and the tropical paradise situated on the Yucatán Peninsula.

After all, senators were scheduled to be at home last week. So, with school being canceled because of snow, and Cruz being at home with his family, the Texas lawmaker said he made the trip after his daughters requested a short getaway.

But at the same time Cruz took his brief trip, Texans were enduring a massive crisis, triggered by unusual winter weather and record-low temperatures. Millions of Texans experienced power outages — some even for multiple days — which, combined with once-in-a-generation arctic air, resulted in multiple deaths.

Democrats pounced on the moment, accusing Cruz of hypocrisy and alleging that he was somehow neglecting Texans in their time of need.

However, Cruz was neither able to restore power nor warm temperatures above freezing.

What did Rogan say?

Rogan, who moved to the Lone Star State last year, made this exact point while discussing the absurd controversy during a new podcast episode with Tim Dillon.

“Here’s the thing: What can he do? What is the reason for him staying?” Rogan said.

Dillon responded, “I think it’s just the optics of how it looks.”

“Can he make it warm out?” Rogan retorted, then joking, “Maybe he should be there with blankets and put them over the pipes.”

“It’s funny. It’s the people that hate him the most are the ones like, ‘He should be there!’ And it’s like, ‘Doing what?!'” Dillon responded.


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Later in the podcast, Rogan noted that Cruz was a “vocal critic” of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a Democrat, who flew to Cabo San Lucas, another Mexican tropical paradise, last December after telling Austin residents to “stay home” because of the coronavirus.

The Austin American-Statesmen made the same connection.

However, there is an obvious and significant difference between what Adler and Cruz did: Adler told his residents to “stay home” while already in Cabo.

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Commentary: The controversy over Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun is silly

In case you missed it, the whole world is flipping out over the fact that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) took a trip to Cancun during the middle of a historic snowstorm in Texas that has caused massive power blackouts in the state. Apparently, the story is important enough that a major New York publication sent a reporter to find out who was taking care of Cruz’s dog while he was gone (and predictably wrote a dishonest headline about the answer to that asinine question). The whole controversy is nearly the silliest thing I’ve ever seen.

The people who are complaining about Cruz right now would have a very valid complaint if Cruz were the governor of Texas or even a mayor of a Texas city or some other executive branch official whose job involves coordinating the government response to a crisis. I would submit that the overwhelming majority of those jobs can also be performed just as effectively from nearly anywhere on the planet in the modern age, but there’s something to be said for the boss showing the flag, so to speak.

Cruz’s job involves none of those things. His job is to cast votes on behalf of his constituency in Washington, D.C. He has no role in restoring power to the residents of Texas, nor in salting roads or heating homes or anything else. To the extent that he might be doing anything during the course of this week — be it sending strongly worded letters to power company officials or appearing on television to make his concerned face — those things would probably actually distract people who are working to get power back on from doing what they should be doing.

Nor is Cruz guilty of hypocrisy, as so many Democratic politicians were when they took posh trips over the last several months after telling their constituents that traveling to see their families at Thanksgiving would cause us all to die of COVID-19. I can’t find any record of anyone posing the question to Cruz, but if someone had asked him if he thought it advisable for Texans to go somewhere that does have power for the duration of the storm, he would probably have answered with a resounding “yes.”

Ted Cruz did not spend the last three weeks telling people that traveling anywhere would kill Grandma, only to jet off to a fancy vacation with his family. Many, many, many Democratic politicians did, and yet the Cruz trip has already been covered by the media more than all those trips combined.

The most serious error that Cruz committed was doing something that invited the media to have an excuse to make him look bad. I’m willing to bet that almost no people who were sitting around in the dark and cold in Texas were thinking to themselves, “I wonder what Ted Cruz is doing, and I sure hope he is sitting here in the dark and cold with us, just because.”

But now that a media frenzy has descended, many of his constituents will no doubt be angry, even though almost none of them could come up with something that Cruz, as a senator, should have been doing at this time, and even though none of them would have had any complaints about any other person in Texas who responded to extended blackouts and freezing cold by leaving to take a trip somewhere else. That’s just called sensible behavior.

Granted, not everyone has the financial wherewithal to escape to Cancun during a time like this, but you can bet that if my power had been off all week and I had relatives in Alabama who invited me to stay with them, I would have done it. And since I feel that class envy reflects more poorly on the people who have it than the people who are targets of it, I find it impossible to condemn Cruz for anything other than violating expectations that are not grounded in reality.

And for that, it seems pretty insane for people to be treating this like the biggest news story of the week. The story has been established: Because his physical presence could not improve the situation in any way whatsoever, Cruz left a place that was cold and without power for a place that was warm and had power. If the people of Texas feel that that reflects poorly upon him, so be it. The ongoing feeding frenzy over the story is plainly not driven by its news value, but rather by animosity Cruz has personally generated among members of the media — which, in my book, is probably his most endearing quality.

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Bette Midler says God is punishing Ted Cruz with deadly winter storm in Texas, implies Rush Limbaugh is in hell

Bette Midler used the unprecedented winter storm in Texas to attack Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. The Hollywood actress claimed that God is punishing the GOP senators from Texas with the deadly snowstorms that are believed to have a role in at least 35 deaths in eight states and left millions without power and heat this week.

Midler implied that the historic Winter Storm Uri is “payback” for Cruz and Cornyn previously questioning President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.

Her remarks replied to a random Twitter user who called Cruz and Cornyn “inept” for requesting disaster relief for Texas while both lawmakers voted against federal aid during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Both senators voted against the relief package because they said it had “billions in unrelated spending,” including money for “things like repairing fisheries in the Pacific” and “Smithsonian repairs.”

Midler argued that “inept” was the “wrong word” to characterize the Republican senators. Instead, she described the GOP senators as “hateful,” “vicious,” and “cruel.”

“I feel for the people suffering thru this weather, but #God doesn’t seem to like #TedCruz or #JohnCornyn,” Midler tweeted. “These two also never recognized that #Joe won. If this isn’t payback, I don’t know what is.”

Sen. Cornyn acknowledged Biden as “president-elect” on Dec. 9. Cornyn did not object to the certification of the Electoral College votes.

“There’s good constitutional and other legal grounds to say: You had your day in court, 60 different lawsuits in state courts, you had a chance to appeal those to the Supreme Court, and as I read the law once a state certifies its electoral vote it’s conclusive,” Cornyn previously stated.

“That’s sort of the nature of these elections. You got to have a winner. You got to have a loser,” Cornyn told the Associated Press in December. “Joe Biden’s on a path to be president of the United States.”

Sen. Cruz called for the dispute of the certification unless Congress established a commission to conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential election.

The “Hocus Pocus” actress was also one of many noted leftists who viciously celebrated the death of broadcasting legend Rush Limbaugh. Midler, who has more than 2 million Twitter followers, seemed to hint that Limbaugh is in hell after passing away from lung cancer on Wednesday.

Midler has a history of tweeting hatred toward Limbaugh. The actress has called Limbaugh a “bully,” “feral pig,” “gobbler of OxyContin,” “the Taliban,” and said his massiively popular radio program was spewing “sewage.” Following Limbaugh’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis, Midler said she would offer “zero prayers.”

Last week, Midler was one of many Hollywood celebrities who suffered complete meltdowns after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. Midler went on an unhinged rant, claiming that Trump “got away with murder.”

“This lopsided vote is an American tragedy of monumental proportions., one we made all by ourselves,” the singer alleged about the impeachment acquittal. “The consequences of this travesty have yet to be known, but I predict they will be uglier than even the last four years have been.”

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Ted Cruz: You can blame the Trump administration for not reining in Big Tech censorship

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) told BlazeTV host Steven Crowder on Thursday that some of the blame for Republicans’ failure to rein in Big Tech censorship over the past four years should be directed toward members of the Trump administration.

Cruz — who has been one of the leading voices in Congress raising the alarm about the brazen censorship practices of Big Tech monopolies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — explained to Crowder that addressing the issue through the legislative branch is nothing short of a pipe dream.

“In Congress, all of the Democrats are opposed to doing anything about Big Tech, they want them to use their monopoly power to silence and destroy their enemies,” Cruz said. “So you’ve got half the Congress that is fully in bed with Big Tech. You then have half the Republicans that are just scared of doing much of anything.

“When you’ve got all the Democrats and half the Republicans on the other side [against legislation], you don’t have the votes to move something through Congress,” he continued. “So I’ve proposed all sorts of things, they ain’t going to move because the votes aren’t there.

“The only hope was the executive branch,” Cruz argued.

But according to the Texas senator, the executive branch under Trump, though perhaps willing, was ultimately unable to generate substantive reform.

“Look, Trump understood that Big Tech was a problem, he wanted to do something about it. The rest of his administration couldn’t actually effectively execute,” Cruz said. “I could never get the people in the administration executing the policy to get serious about stopping censorship.”


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Cruz said despite countless meetings he held with senior members of the Trump administration, during which he outlined the steps they should take, the issue was never advanced.

Nevertheless, he explained, “that’s the only way we’re going to get it done, is with an executive who is ready to act and knows how to act.”

Crowder responded by pointing out that if half of the Republicans in Congress are not willing to go to work on the issue, then those lawmakers should be identified and voted out of office.

Both characterized the issue of Big Tech censorship as one of the most important currently facing the country and both agreed, now that the Democratic Party has assumed power, it will be “open season” on conservatives or any dissenting voices, for that matter.

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AOC refuses to apologize for accusing Ted Cruz of trying to get her killed during the US Capitol riots

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stands by her remarks that Sen. Ted Cruz “almost had [her] murdered” during the Jan. 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol and refuses to issue an apology, according to the
New York Post.

House Republicans have previously
called for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to force Ocasio-Cortez to retract the remarks.

What are the details?

During a Monday news conference in Queens, Ocasio-Cortez said that she has no plans to apologize to Cruz over the dramatic remarks, which came after Cruz offered his verbal support in her push for an investigation into the trading app Robinhood after it decided to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds were open for trading.

In late January, Robinhood
temporarily suspended trading of certain volatile stocks — including GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings — after online investors pushed to buy up company shares to “squeeze” Wall Street hedge fund managers.

After Robinhood blocked investors from buying GameStop shares, Ocasio-Cortez
tweeted, “This is unacceptable. We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit. As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I’d support a hearing if necessary.”

She continued, “Inquiries into freezes should not be limited solely to Robinhood. This is a serious matter. Committee investors should examine any retail services freezing stock purchases in the course of potential investigations — especially those allowing sales, but freezing purchases.”

Cruz, who apparently agreed with Ocasio-Cortez, retweeted her message and
captioned it, “Fully agree.”

But Ocasio-Cortez was not interested in Cruz’s remarks, and
blasted the Texas Republican for what she said was an instigation of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.

“I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” she
wrote. “Happy to work w/almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign. While you conveniently talk about ‘moving on,’ a second Capitol police officer lost their life yesterday in the still-raging aftermath of the attacks you had a role in. This isn’t a joke. We need accountability, and that includes a new Senator from Texas. … You haven’t even apologized for the serious physical + mental harm you contributed to from Capitol Police & custodial workers to your own fellow members of Congress. In the meantime, you can get off my timeline and stop clout-chasing. Thanks. Happy to work with other GOP on this.”

Despite Republicans’ calls to censure Ocasio-Cortez, she insisted she would not retract the remarks.

According to the New York Post, the New York lawmaker said, “That’s not the quote, and I will not apologize for what I said.”

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Report: Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley will face ‘secretive’ Senate ethics investigation over Capitol riots

Senate Democrats will conduct an investigation into Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) using what Politico described as “one of the most secretive committees in Congress.”

What are the details?

According to Politico, the Senate Ethics Committee will investigate the Republican lawmakers to determine what, if any, role they played in the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Prior to the violence, both senators announced they would oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. A joint session of Congress was meeting to do just that when the Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters who believed the presidency was “stolen” from then-President Donald Trump.

The formal ethics investigation comes after seven Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint against Cruz and Hawley.

What does the ethics complaint say?

The complaint — filed by Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Tina Smith (N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) — claims both Cruz and Hawley “amplified claims of election fraud.”

“While Congress was debating Senator Cruz’s objection, a violent mob stormed the Capitol. These insurrectionists ransacked the building, stole property, and openly threatened Members of Congress and the Vice President. Dozens of police officers were injured; five people died, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” the complaint adds. “By proceeding with their objections to the electors after the violent attack, Senators Cruz and Hawley lent legitimacy to the mob’s cause and made future violence more likely.”

The group of Democrats demands that Cruz and Hawley be investigated to determine if they played a role in the coordination of the attack on the Capitol, though zero evidence has surfaced suggesting either Republican was involved in the violence.

“The extent, if any, of communication or coordination between Sens. Hawley and Cruz and the organizers of the rally remains to be investigated,” the ethics complaint reads. “Further investigation is necessary to determine whether and to what extent Senators Cruz and Hawley were also aware of these groups’ activities or coordinated with their efforts.”

Why secretive?

The Senate Ethics Committee stays mute about its business until it determines to take action, which means, as Politico noted, the investigation into Cruz and Hawley “will unwind over an interminable timetable with little hint of where it is going.”

Kaine said the open-ended process permits the committee to “conduct whatever investigation question we asked that they need to, without a time limit on how they do it. And Cruz and Hawley have to have a fair forum to present their own thoughts about what happened.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the chairman of the committee, has called on Cruz and Hawley to resign.

However, not everyone agrees with the nature of the ethics investigation.

Rep. Susan Collins (R-Maine) suggested the probe may be an avenue to punish Cruz and Hawley for merely holding dissenting views.

“It’s a very slippery slope if you start punishing senators for holding unpopular views and exercising their rights on the Senate floor,” she told Politico. “That’s not what I think of the Ethics Committee as being for. I don’t see how this is an ethics complaint.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has similarly defended Cruz and Hawley, rebuking calls for the Republicans to resign by citing the nature of Senate dialogue.

“I think the Senate is a place of freedom,” Feinstein said last month. “And people come here to speak their piece, and they do, and they provide a kind of leadership. In some cases, it’s positive, in some cases, maybe not. A lot of that depends on who’s looking and what party they are. But it’s an important place to have this kind of dialogue. It’s probably the highest-level dialogue that you get in an electoral body.”

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Mike Lee, Chip Roy push censure of AOC after she wildly accused Ted Cruz of attempting to have her ‘murdered’

Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rep. Chip Roy (Texas), sent letters to colleagues Thursday urging them to censure Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York) after she launched wild accusations against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), alleging he attempted to have her murdered.

What’s the background?

The accusation in question occurred Thursday after Cruz responded to a tweet by Ocasio-Cortez calling for an investigation into stock-trading app Robinhood, saying he “fully” agreed with the prospect. Robinhood this week
temporarily suspended the ability to purchase certain volatile stocks, including GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings, after online investors rallied to buy up shares in the companies in order to “squeeze” Wall Street hedge fund managers.

In response to Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez
wrote: “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out. Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”


What are the details?

In Lee’s letter,
obtained by the Federalist, the Utah congressman writes: “It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused one of our colleagues — twice — of attempted murder. I believe that, as a conference, we should immediately and publicly call on her to retract her statement and apologize. If she refuses to do so — and perhaps even if she doesn’t — I think she should be admonished or censured by the House.”

In a
separate letter, Roy demanded that Ocasio-Cortez “immediately apologize and retract her comments.”

“If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement,” Roy added. “It is my sincere hope that we all stop this heightened rhetoric and move forward to actually do the work the American people sent us here to do.”

What else?

In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez was referring to Cruz’s decision to object to the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6, an action she considers to have directly incited a pro-Trump mob to storm the U.S. Capitol while Congress was present in the chambers.

Following the riot, the New York Democrat demanded that Cruz, along with several other Republican lawmakers,
resign from Congress.

During a virtual town hall last week, she characterized the actions of election objectors as “a dereliction of duty and a betrayal of our country.”

“And that is why I have demanded the resignations of Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, [and] Republican Minority Leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, along with many others,” she continued. “Because this is not just about political opinion or partisanship. This was about the abandonment of our sworn oath.”

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Republicans and Democrats slam Robinhood, call for congressional hearings on GameStop trade freeze

Democratic lawmakers are calling for hearings into Robinhood and other financial service companies’ decision to prohibit customers from buying or even searching for certain stocks, and some Republicans are signaling support for the effort.

Popular stockbroker services were accused of manipulating the market by angry social media users Thursday after Robinhood, a company that lets customers trade stocks for free from their mobile phones, announced that shares in GameStop, AMC Entertainment, Nokia, and other “volatile” stocks would be restricted to position-closing only. The decision came in response to an internet campaign by retail traders — non-professional individual investors who day trade to make money on the side or for fun — to attempt to raise the stock price of GameStop after hedge funds signaled their intent to short the stock.

Motherboard reported Thursday that more than half of the users on Robinhood owned at least some GameStop stock and were now blocked from buying more. Needless to say, the outcry from Robinhood customers and other GameStop traders was near instantaneous and furious, but now lawmakers are weighing in.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) called the move by Robinhood and others “absurd,” demanding a hearing in Congress on the issue.

“They’re blocking the ability to trade to protect Wall St. hedge funds, stealing millions of dollars from their users to protect people who’ve used the stock market as a casino for decades,” Tlaib tweeted.

She was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), another member of the progressive “Squad” in Congress and a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

“This is unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit.

“As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I’d support a hearing if necessary.”

She added in a follow-up tweet that any congressional inquiry “should not be limited solely to Robinhood.”

“This is a serious matter. Committee investigators should examine any retail services freezing stock purchases in the course of potential investigations – especially those allowing sales, but freezing purchases.”

At least one Republican wants to make an effort to investigate the trade freezes bipartisan. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted his support for Ocasio-Cortez’s demand for an inquiry.

But Ocasio-Cortez is adamantly opposed to working with Cruz, who she’s repeatedly accused of “trying to get me killed” because of his objection to the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, which Democrats say incited the violence at the Capitol that day.

Another Republican senator, Tenessee’s Marsha Blackburn, called on Robinhood to “free the traders.”

“Once again Wall Street is crushing the little person on Main Street,” Blackburn tweeted. “Wall Street bet on America’s decline and got caught. Now, they want to stop hard working Americans from betting on America’s rise.”

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Keystone XL pipeline manager speaks out after Biden executive order, explains the job toll

A construction manager working on the Keystone XL pipeline made clear last week that President Joe Biden’s executive order canceling the key contract for the oil pipeline had an immediate impact on American jobs.

What are the details?

A video posted by the Washington Examiner shows a general manager working on the pipeline explain that the project was responsible for “thousands of jobs,” but as a result of Biden’s executive order, “hundreds of guys” had already been laid off.

The manager — who was identified by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as Josh Senk, a general manager for Michels Corp., one of the subcontractors working on the pipeline — explained that many of those who have been laid off are from Wisconsin.

“There’s hundreds of guys that got laid off,” Senk explained last Friday.

Halting construction of the pipeline was one of Biden’s first actions as president, taken no doubt to appease progressive environmentalists and climate hawks.

Biden’s order declared, “The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”

How many jobs are at stake?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been a leading voice speaking out against Biden’s order.

During the Senate confirmation hearing last week for Pete Buttigieg, who is Biden’s nominee for transportation secretary, Cruz grilled the former South Bend mayor about the job toll of Biden’s order.

“And with the stroke of a pen, President Biden has told those 11,000 workers, those union workers, ‘Your jobs are gone,'” Cruz said.

The Washington Post later fact-checked Cruz’s claim that Biden’s order nixed 11,000 jobs, essentially concluding that, yes, Biden did, adding the snide caveat that most of the jobs are temporary. “Cruz cited a real estimate of approximately 11,000 jobs, but he left out that they were all temporary. In the same report, the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline, if built, would require only 35 to 50 permanent positions,” the Post said.

Cruz later responded by stating the obvious, “ALL construction jobs are temporary. Presidents still shouldn’t destroy them.”

Anything else?

Unions, including at least two that endorsed Biden, have since blasted him for revoking the key construction permit.

The the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which endorsed Biden, reacted last week, “#Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many #LIUNA members across the country. The anticipated decision to cancel the #KeystonePipeline will kill thousands of good-paying #UNION jobs!”

Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, said, “Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now.”

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, which endorsed Biden, also condemned the new administration.

Meanwhile, even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out against Biden’s decision.

“While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said last week.

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Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduces constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was joined by a handful of GOP colleagues on Monday in reintroducing a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress.

What are the details?

Cruz tweeted out the text of the resolution filed by himself along with Sens. Mike Braun (Ind.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Todd Young (Ind.), explaining that “the amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.”

Cruz’s office also provided background on the senator’s previous efforts to put term limits in place for federal lawmakers, noting that:

  • In 2016, Sen. Cruz and former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) published an op-ed in the Washington Post announcing their intention to introduce a term limits amendment.
  • In 2017, Sen. Cruz first introduced a constitutional amendment mandating term limits in the 115th Congress.
  • In 2019, Sen. Cruz led a hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, titled, ‘Keeping Congress Accountable: Term Limits in the United States.’ The hearing examined the use of term limits as an avenue to break the cycle of career politicians and encourage accountability in Congress.
  • In 2019, Sen. Cruz and former Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress in the 116th Congress.

What about lobbying ban?

Also in 2019, the conservative Cruz even gave a nod to far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) when she called for making it illegal for members of Congress to become lobbyists after leaving office.

“Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC,” Cruz wrote in reply to one of the congresswoman’s tweets. “Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

Esquire political editor Jack Holmes argued at the time:

If you impose term limits, particularly without a lobbying ban, you’re actually shifting the incentives for congresspeople in a bad way: since they’re only going to be around for a limited time, they’d better make career plans for afterwards. Like, say, securing a lobbying gig. That’s going to lead to poor performance while they’re in office, particularly for anyone living in their district who can’t afford a big-money campaign donation.

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Seth Rogen dubs Sen. Ted Cruz a fascist in profane tweet. Cruz issues measured response that further triggers the liberal actor.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took actor Seth Rogen to task Wednesday night after the liberal actor branded the GOP lawmaker a “white supremacist fascist.”

Rogen’s profane tweet came in response to Cruz’s criticism of President Joe Biden, who formally rejoined the Paris climate accord via executive order on his first day in office.

What are the details of the exchange?

Cruz shared a news article Wednesday night about Biden’s order, and captioned it, “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.”

Rogen, who apparently took issue with Cruz’s sentiments, responded, “F*** off you fascist.”

Cruz shared a screenshot of Rogen’s profane response, and captioned it, “Charming, civil, educated response. ?@Sethrogen? If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing…not so much. #JobsMatter[.]”

Not to be outdone, Rogen fired back with another profane remark.

“Haha get f***ed fascist. Go encourage a white supremacist insurrection again you f***ing clown,” he spat, and then, in a separate tweet, took aim at Cruz once more.

In what appeared to be a nod to a 2016 incident during the 2016 GOP primary when former President Donald Trump mocked Cruz’s wife, Rogen added, “If you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherf***** for you.”

As an apparent afterthought, Rogen added. “Also I’m in four unions.”

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Top Senate Democrat defends Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley from demands for their resignations

After the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, numerous Democrats have called for the resignations of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), claiming the Republican lawmakers are partly responsible for the violence because of their efforts to oppose the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

For example, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said last Friday that she has “demanded” their resignations because, in her view, Cruz, Hawley (and other Republicans), abandoned their oath of office.

“What we saw last week was not just a violent coup attempt, but we also saw a dereliction of duty and a betrayal of our country and a betrayal of the oath that we swear,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

But one of the most senior Senate Democrats, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), has rebuffed Ocasio-Cortez’s demand in a new interview.

What did Feinstein say?

Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feinstein defended those who objected to Biden’s win, citing Senate debate being the “highest-level dialogue.”

“I think the Senate is a place of freedom,” Feinstein said, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“And people come here to speak their piece, and they do, and they provide a kind of leadership. In some cases, it’s positive, in some cases, maybe not. A lot of that depends on who’s looking and what party they are,” she continued. “But it’s an important place to have this kind of dialogue. It’s probably the highest-level dialogue that you get in an electoral body.”

What do other Senate Democrats think?

As the Chronicle reported, some of Feinstein’s Democratic colleagues do not believe Cruz and Hawley should be let off easy.

For example, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said, at the very least, Cruz and Hawley should be stripped of their spots on the coveted Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The fact that both of them, both of them, wanted to subvert the will of the people, wanted to tell the whole world and the United States that we did not have an honest election — I can’t imagine any senator doing that, and then serving on Judiciary,” Leahy said Tuesday.

What say Cruz and Hawley?

Both Republican senators have said they will not resign.

“Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday. And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere,” Cruz said on Twitter in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s demand for his resignation.

Meanwhile, Hawley told KMBC-TV on Jan. 7, “I will never apologize for giving voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who have concerns about the integrity of our elections. That’s my job, and I will keep doing it.”

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I have demanded the resignations’ of Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is demanding the resignations of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).

Ocasio-Cortez’s demand came during a virtual town hall with supporters Friday. She claimed that those Republican lawmakers are no longer worthy to be members of Congress because they share responsibility for inciting the deadly riots on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

What did AOC say?

“What we saw last week was not just a violent coup attempt, but we also saw a dereliction of duty and a betrayal of our country and a betrayal of the oath that we swear,” Ocasio-Cortez began.

“And that is why I have demanded the resignations of Senators Ted Cruz, senators (sic) Josh Hawley, Republican Minority Leader in the House, McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, along with many others,” she continued. “Because this is not just about political opinion or partisanship. This was about the abandonment of our sworn oath.”

The New York Democrat went on to say that she doesn’t believe those lawmakers are “fit to serve,” and encouraged supporters to hold any lawmaker accountable — including herself — if they “abandon our oath of office.”

Such action, Ocasio-Cortez said, is “necessary in order to preserve our country.”

Ocasio-Cortez said last week that if Cruz and Hawley do not resign, the Senate should expel them.

Anything else?

During her virtual town hall, Ocasio-Cortez also said that taxpayer funds should be used to “deradicalize” white supremacists.

Ocasio-Cortez explained that, during her time on the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, she has learned about programs meant to “deradicalize” white supremacists, but blamed President Donald Trump for “pulling the plug” on funding for the programs.

She explained that if America wants to adequately address the ideology that led to the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol, funding for such programs needs to be restored.

“We need to double, triple or quadruple, or increase funding for these deradicalization programs en masse,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

It’s not exactly clear who Ocasio-Cortez believes holds white supremacist ideology. However, she indicated last week that she may believe all of Trump’s supporters, and perhaps the entire Republican Party, are white supremacists.

“They give a damn about white supremacy, they care about preserving the social order and the mythology of whiteness,” she said. “They lust for power more than they care about democracy.”

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Sen. Manchin open to using 14th Amendment to expel Republican lawmakers

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), thought be a moderate in the increasingly polarized chamber, indicated Sunday that he is open to using the 14th Amendment to expel Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of Electoral College results.

What did he say?

In an interview with PBS’ “Firing Lines,” Manchin said that the move should “absolutely” be considered after riotous supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, supposedly charged by rhetoric characterizing the 2020 presidential election as fraudulent.

“Absolutely that should be a consideration,” Manchin said when asked by PBS reporter Margaret Hoover if the 14th Amendment should be invoked against Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.), both whom were among the more vocal of a group of Republican senators who objected to Electoral College certification in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that no government official holding office “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

Specifically regarding Cruz, Manchin said, “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”

As for Hawley, Manchin recalled trying to persuade him to change his mind later in the evening on Jan. 6 as Congress reconvened to certify Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory after the siege forced a pause in the session.

“I looked at Josh, and I said, ‘Josh, you have a right to do what you’re doing, but think of what’s happening, what you’re seeing on the monitors. Think about, basically, our country,'” he said. “There wasn’t much conversation back and forth on that. He listened to me, and I could tell it was weighing on him, and I was hoping that we were able to maybe change his mind to go up there and stop his objections.”

What else?

The remarks were somewhat shocking coming from Manchin, who is the most conservative Democratic senator. He is expected to be a key swing vote in the chamber now narrowly controlled by the Democrats, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the power to break ties.

Despite threats and criticism, both Hawley and Cruz have defended their actions, arguing they were simply standing up for the concerns of their constituents about the integrity of the election.

Manchin blasted their actions as “calculated” political maneuvers.

“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” he claimed. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”

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