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Ted Cruz Is So Scared of Beto O’Rourke He’s Released This Shameful and False Attack Ad

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is running for re-election, and he’s running scared. He should be. His Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, is within one point of Cruz in the latest poll, and a top Trump administration official said Cruz may lose because he’s unlikeable. If all that weren’t enough, the Senate Majority Whip has summed up the GOP’s fear of O’Rourke’s chances of taking down Cruz: “We’re not bluffing, this is real, and it is a serious threat.”

Michelle Obama famously said, “When they go low, we go high.”

Ted Cruz has just gone low. Very low.

A few weeks ago O’Rourke, who is 45 – just two years younger than Cruz but worlds apart in outlook – was asked at a town hall style event to share his thoughts on the NFL players’ silent kneeling protests.

The man who asked O’Rourke clearly was not fan of the players’ protests, but that did not stop the Democratic Congressman from launching into a well-thought out explanation for not only why he supports protesting police killings of Black people, but why it’s a very American thing to do.

A video of O’Rourke’s inspiring remarks went viral.

And the Cruz campaign went into action.

They sliced and diced the video, and turned the question into one about flag burning – not the players’ protests – and then used O’Rourke’s remarks to make it appear that he supports burning the American flag, and thinks “there is something inherently American about that,” and is “grateful people are willing to do that.”

Those remarks were about NFL players protesting police killing Black people, not flag burning.

Tell that to the Cruz campaign.

“Congressman O’Rourke not only called burning the U.S. flag ‘inherently American’ but also said he was ‘grateful’ for those willing to commit such an act,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Dallas Morning News, in a clear lie. “His position is an appalling display of disregard to those who have put their lives on the line to preserve the very freedoms the American flag represents. Texans certainly do not share such views.”

Nor does O’Rourke, according to his spokesperson.

“O’Rourke has only spoken publicly about flag-burning once, when the congressman said he does not think anybody should burn the American flag,” The Hill reports. It calls the ad “heavily edited.”

The Dallas Morning News, which basically is Cruz’s hometown newspaper, reports the story this way: “Heavily spliced Ted Cruz video falsely depicts Beto O’Rourke saying he’s ‘grateful’ for flag burning.”

“O’Rourke did not say he’s ‘grateful’ for flag burning. Nor did he say that flag burning is ‘inherently American,'” the paper makes clear.

How can Cruz get away with this?

Here’s part of the question the man asked O’Rourke about NFL players protests:

“As a voter, I don’t know how I would feel to have my own elected representative being open to kneeling on the Senate floor or encouraging and supporting acts that desecrate our American flag.”

O’Rourke clearly was responding to the protests – which do not “desecrate our American flag.”

Tell that to the Cruz campaign.

When you choose to lie, and to lie to this degree, you’re running scared.

Ted Cruz should be scared. His vision of America, his decision to not only support but to embrace President Trump is inherently un-American. And it will cost him at the polls in November.

And if he continues down this path, it will cost him his job, too.

Watch this outrageous Cruz campaign ad, which is being run on Facebook:

And here’s the video that went viral, of O’Rourke discussing NFL players’ protests:

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Hat tip: The Hill

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‘No Ethics’ Matt Gaetz Gaslights in Defense of Cruz – Gets Roasted for Having ‘No Moral High Ground’

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, decided to weigh in on Ted Cruz abandoning his constituents for a trip to sunny Cancun while some of them literally froze to death. Gaetz came out by defending Cruz, saying no apology was necessary.

More specifically, Gaetz gaslighted the general public, by saying, “Ted Cruz should not have apologized.”

The Senator from Texas who used his two little girls as a shield for his bad behavior did not apologize.

“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” which is what Cruz told reporters, is no apology.

Many have accepted Gaetz’s false claim that Cruz apologized,  but blasted him for saying that Cruz should have gone further, and resigned.

Related: While Ted Cruz Was Rushing Back to America AOC Raised $1 Million for the People of Texas

Others reminded Gaetz that he is hardly in any position to be a moral arbiter.

Take a look:

 

 

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Larry Kudlow Trashes Kamala Harris in Expletive-Filled Hot Mic Outburst on Fox News

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Larry Kudlow is returning to cable news after a nearly three-year stint in the Trump White House as the president’s economic advisor, and he kicked off his first day at his new job with an expletive-filled attack on Vice President Kamala Harris.

Harris has been under fire for her recent – and entirely taken out of context – comments about vaccine distribution, taken from an interview with Axios that aired on HBO over the weekend.

First, what she actually said.

“There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris said, speaking about when the Biden administration took office. “And so in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”

Tuesday afternoon Fox News played a short excerpt of Vice President Harris’ coronavirus vaccine distribution comments, setting off Kudlow.

Fox News dishonestly decided to play just this part of her remarks: “in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”

In the background, on a hot mic, Kudlow repeatedly screamed “bullshit! bullshit! bullshit! bullshit!” as Mediaite noted.

But the Vice President is correct.

There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations when the Biden administration took office less than four weeks ago. Vaccines were shipped to states, and then they and local leaders were forced to try to figure it out. Distribution, transport (which requires sub-zero temperatures), how to administer the vaccine, who should get it first, how to schedule, whether or not to have mass vaccination sites, how to pay for it all, everything. Zero help, including basics like exactly when to expect how many doses, from the federal government.

Kudlow was reacting to Fox News’ out-of-context quote, but he’s absolutely wrong on the facts.

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Sarah Sanders’ Lies Were Even Worse Than Originally Reported — Here’s How She Got Away With Them

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In her tenure as White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders became legendary for her ability to lie at the podium.

But according to conservative commentator Andrew Egger, writing for The Bulwark, Sanders’ real “success” for the Trump administration did not come from how frequently she lied — it came from the fact that most of her lies were boring.

This story first ran in June, 2019.

“Her morose, plodding style and Bartlebyesque refusals to grant reporters a single inch of ground poured cold water on news cycle after news cycle that might otherwise have ignited,” wrote Egger. “The downside, of course, was that she lied a lot. But even here she distinguished herself from [predecessor Sean] Spicer, whose sweaty, frantic tall tales—that was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!—always invited heaps of instant ridicule. Deadpanning her way through boring, misleading briefing after boring, misleading briefing, Sarah Sanders managed to take most of the fun out of calling her out—as much of a victory as Trump could typically hope for, under the circumstances.”

There were certainly some falsehoods so egregious that they did catch the media’s attention. The time that she lied that “countless” FBI agents told her they had lost confidence in former Director James Comey, for example, which she herself admitted to former special counsel Robert Mueller was a lie. And her claim that CNN reporter Jim Acosta had attacked a White House intern, which was the pretext for revoking his press credentials and which she tried to back up with doctored video footage.

But these lies were the exception rather than the rule, said Egger. Most of her ignoble talent lay in her ability to simply deny things, over and over, relentlessly, until reporters just gave up. This has been the norm on everything from reporters asking her questions about the Mueller investigation, to the times the president has glorified the idea of violence against journalists.

“It wasn’t any single heroic act of staggering duplicity that earned Sarah Sanders her paycheck at the White House,” concluded Egger. “It was the mealy spaces between the highlights: the constant barrage of bald denials of plain fact, all delivered in a bored monotone that made them seem not outrageous, or even particularly notable, but simply tiresome. How will they manage to replace that?”

 

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