Sen. Ted Cruz offered words of praise for moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia for pushing back on the “crazies” in their party.
Cruz’s comments to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday came as Sinema and Manchin are under pressure to support a massive $3.5 trillion spending package that runs thousands of pages and has been criticized recently by the West Virginian as too expensive.
“Real quick before you go, Senator, with all of these crises unfolding, whether it’s Afghanistan, China and the threat that it poses, the wide-open border, you’ve got the Biden administration trying to change the conversation,” Bartiromo said.
“They are pushing through this [three] and a half trillion dollar spending package,” she added. “Will they get it through? Will we see all of our taxes go higher as a result of all of this? They want to change the economy fundamentally with this green new economy.”
“Look, you are right. This is the Bernie Sanders budget,” Cruz responded.
“Bernie Sanders is a wide-eyed and admitted Socialist. He says this is the most transformational bill in a generation. He means that it; it is trillions in spending. It is trillions in new taxes,” Cruz added.
“It is the Green New Deal, it is — everyone who pays taxes in America will see their taxes go up under this massive proposal. Individual taxes are going up, corporate taxes are going up, small business taxes are going up, capital gains taxes are going up, the death tax is going up, seniors are getting hammered, farmers, ranchers, small businesses; it is disastrous,” the Texas Republican continued.
Joe Biden and his admin wanted to change the topic from Afghanistan. That’s why he issued his completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
He is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disaster in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/GMSDmhjZD6
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 19, 2021
“Whether it passes or not will depend on 50 Democrats in the Senate. Do they get Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to go along?” he asked.
“I can tell you [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer is putting a world of hurt and pressure on the two of them. I hope they stand their ground, that they have demonstrated some real courage so far, standing up to the crazies in their party,” he said.
“But you put your finger on what the White House is trying to do,” Cruz noted further. “They want to change the topic from Afghanistan.
“It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan. The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court,” he continued.
“They know that, but the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated. And before the order is struck down.”