In remarks to the FreedomWorks Texas Summit on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz credited himself for blocking recent background checks legislation, mocked his Senate GOP colleagues and derided the families of Sandy Hook victims as “political props.” In response, People For the American Way president Michael Keegan released the following statement:
“Senator Cruz’s remarks make clear that he’s more interested in representing the Tea Party than ordinary Texas voters.
“In a single speech, Cruz managed to insult Newtown families, mock his Republican colleagues and take credit for blocking background checks backed by over 90% of Americans. His remarks prove that Tea Partiers in Congress will work to block any gun safety legislation, no matter what it is or how many Americans support it.
“Senator Cruz is working overtime to alienate senators on both sides of the aisle. He may be a darling of the Tea Party, but he’s a growing political liability for the GOP.”
Watch Cruz’s speech:
Ted Cruz ridicules and criticizes his GOP Senate colleagues
Ted Cruz says Obama is using Newtown families as ‘political props’
Ted Cruz takes credit for blocking background check legislation