Republicans as well as Democrats have unfairly blamed GOP Sen. Ted Cruz for the bickering on Capitol Hill that led to the government shutdown, says Mychal Massie, founder of the nonprofit In His Name Ministries.
"Ted Cruz, in a very demonstrative way, laid it all on the line to fight for not just what he believed in but for the American people, and the tragedy is that he was portrayed as being in some way responsible for hurting the government," Massie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"And he was portrayed that way by both Republicans and Democrats, and that's the injustice. Republicans, tragically, are no longer interested in true conservatives and true conservative ideology. They are moderate, left-leaning, and that's the direction they want the party to go in."
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Massie, former chairman of Project 21-The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives, a conservative African-American think tank, is author of the new book "Random Rants: I Was Right Then and I Am Right Now."
He said he would label President Barack Obama as a "villain," but doesn't let Republican leaders off the hook.
"I would be remiss as a card-carrying Republican, as an unapologetic constructionist Christian conservative . . . if I did not say we cannot excuse [House Speaker] John Boehner working behind the scenes to derail the investigation into Fast and Furious . . . [and] taking off-course the investigation into Benghazi," he said.
Those criticisms were references to the program that allowed weapons from the United States to pass to suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced, and to the terrorist attack last year on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
"We cannot dismiss the fact that [U.S. Reps.] Pete Sessions of Texas and Eric Cantor of Virginia came up with a plan to have secret bills . . . one bill that would fully fund Obamacare that they would pass in secret, [while] at the same time they were waving a fictitious bill that said that it defunded Obamacare," Massie said.
"Then, when it went down in flames, they would be able to say, 'We went to the mat, we fought for it,' when in reality they had passed a secret bill."
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