Susan Collins (R-Maine) had the perfect reaction to Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claiming that he “consistently opposed” government shutdowns.
Back in 2013, the government shut down because the Texas senator pushed Republicans to refuse to fund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Cruz went so far to filibuster any bill to reopen the government that he even read Dr. Seus’ Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor.
Furthermore, Cruz voted AGAINST a bill to end the shutdown, a bill that most senators voted for, including Republicans.
Yet, Cruz repeatedly and laughably insisted on Monday that he opposes government shutdowns and claimed that he had nothing to do with the 2013 government shutdown.
“In 2013, I voted repeatedly to fund the government, and in 2013 it was Harry Reid and the Democrats who voted no, who voted to shut the government down just like this week Republicans voted to fund the government, and it was Chuck Schumer who voted to shut the government down.”
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt called out his lies, which Cruz responded to by claiming that Hunt is repeating a false “media narrative” designed to blame Republicans for government shutdowns.
“Look, we shouldn’t be shutting the government down. I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013, I said we shouldn’t be shutting the government down. I went to the Senate floor repeatedly asking unanimous consent to reopen the government.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Well, Cruz’s version of the 2013 shutdown shocked Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins. In fact, his words left her speechless.
“You’ve rendered me speechless. 2013. 2013.”
Cruz conveniently left out that he insisted that defunding Obamacare be part of the budget, a move that Democrats were not going to support, which is why they voted against it. President Obama certainly would not have signed such a bill to gut his own signature legislative achievement.
It should also be pointed out that Cruz encouraged House Republicans to start a fight over Obamacare.
The only reason why the shutdown ended is that most Republicans ignored Cruz in the end and voted for a clean budget resolution without defunding the healthcare program.
Even Republicans know that Cruz played the central role in forcing a government shutdown in 2013. So, he is clearly trying to rewrite history now, which is why Republicans like Susan Collins are throwing shade at him.
Featured Image: YouTube screenshot.