Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Democrats this week for trying to push Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) out of office, saying that he has never seen a party cannibalize their own this way.
Cruz made the remarks on his podcast “Verdict,” with co-host Ben Ferguson, while discussing Feinstein’s recent absence from the U.S. Senate as she battles shingles.
“Shingles, by all accounts is a horribly painful disease,” Cruz said. “I’m grateful I haven’t had it. But everything I’ve heard about it, it sounds terrible. Shingles is also curable, it’s not a permanent affliction, but it is very painful while you have it. So Dianne has been out for a couple of months with shingles. She has been at home recuperating.”
Cruz then explained why Democrats are anxiously trying to push Feinstein out of office while she recovers.
“The Radical Left is pissed because while Dianne is gone, the Democrats no longer have a majority on the Judiciary Committee,” Cruz said. “Because they don’t have a majority, it means they can’t ram through their most radical and extreme judicial nominees. Now, most of their judicial nominees they can pass.”
Cruz noted said that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) votes to advance “almost every” nominee that President Joe Biden has put forward.
“He votes to confirm most Biden judicial nominees,” he said. “I vote against almost all Biden judicial nominees. But given that Lindsey votes for practically all of them, the Democrats can move almost the entirety of Biden’s judicial slate. The ones they can’t move are the most radical or the nominees that are so extreme.”
Cruz said that he and other Republican senators are working to stop attempts by Democrats to temporarily replace her on the Senate Judiciary Committee until she can come back.
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“I don’t see any reason why we should be complicit in helping the Democrats confirm their most radical and extreme nominees,” Cruz said.
“Look, the Senate is a body with a crap ton of really old people, like, they’re a bunch of people in their 70s and 80s. I’ve served with a bunch of colleagues who are way past their expiration date,” Cruz said. “It’s striking to me that the only senator I’ve ever seen that a party has tried to drive out because of health is Dianne Feinstein. Listen, John McCain, who I served with for a long time, John McCain was hospitalized and was incapacitated for months. He was the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. There was no effort throw John McCain out of the Senate, nor should there have been. I would not have supported that. I didn’t support that. It’s really striking.”
“By the way, right now, Joe Biden is profoundly mentally diminished,” Cruz continued. “None of these left-wing radicals calling for throwing Dianne Feinstein out are calling for throwing Joe Biden out. And by the way, to be clear, John Fetterman, the senator from Pennsylvania, has been medically unavailable and absent for most of this Congress. He’s been in the Senate only a few days since he was elected. And none of these radicals who are calling to throw Dianne Feinstein out are calling to throw Fetterman out. And so it raises an obvious question, why the double standard? Why is she the target of their ire?”
Democrats are doing everything they can to drive Dianne Feinstein out of the United States Senate.
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— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 19, 2023