Ted Cruz made a speech this morning on the Senate floor where he blamed Democrats for the government shutdown. He discussed the plight of members of the Coast Guard who are going unpaid.
Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado sharply disagreed with Cruz and gave an impassioned speech about Cruz’s history. Bennet began, “These crocodile tears that the Senator from Texas is crying for first responders are too hard for me to take.”
The Colorado senator then discussed Cruz’s role in the 2013 shutdown and how that affected his state. “When the Senator from Texas shut this government down in 2013, my state was flooded. It was under water. People were killed. People’s houses were destroyed. Their small businesses were lost forever.”
Bennet then took issue with Cruz’s support for President Trump’s border wall. The Senator spoke of the potential issues even if the wall was to be funded:
“It’s his business, not my business why he supports a president who wants to erect a medieval barrier on the border of Texas. Who wants to use eminent domain to build that wall. In Colorado, if a president was going to use eminent domain to erect a barrier across the state of Colorado. If he was going to steal the property of our farmers and ranchers to build his medieval wall. There wouldn’t be an elected leader from our state that would support that idea.”
The senator closed with a rebuke of Trump and the reality of the wall. “This idea that he [Trump] was going to build a medieval wall across the southern border of Texas, take it [land] from the farmers and ranchers that were there and get the Mexicans to pay for it isn’t true. That’s why we’re here!”
Watch Senator Bennet’s complete speech here:
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