Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped into his fellow GOP senators for criticizing him and Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, for their threat to filibuster gun control reform, reports Politico.
“They said, ‘Listen, before you did this the politics of this were great — the Dems were the bad guys, the Republicans were the good guys. Now we all look like a bunch of squishes.’ Well, there is an alternative — you could just not be a bunch of squishes,” Cruz said at a FreedomWorks event in Texas on Friday.
Cruz said during the gun control debate, the gloves were off and it was one of the most argumentative in recent history.
“I don’t know if there’s an issue that has generated more heat internally in the Republican conference,” Cruz said.
“We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at us at the top of their lungs — I mean really upset.”
“And they said, ‘Look, why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle,’” Cruz said.
“I’m really not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell and say, you know, ‘Vote your conscience.’”
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