Republican hypocrisy has now become the stuff of legends.
It’s bad enough that they can decry the Democrats’ spending habits, then turn around and try to justify giving a trillion dollars to the people who need it least in this country. It’s bad enough that they can decide that Social Security, Medicare, and children’s health insurance are too expensive, then spend billions on military aircraft the Pentagon doesn’t even want. It’s bad enough they can claim they’re the more “moral” party and then elect a man with absolutely zero morals.
It’s that last point that has me disgusted today.
One of the most overtly pious, self-righteous bastards in the Republican Party is a man who will surely be a perennial presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz went on — where else — Fox News on Friday with right-wing goblin Neil Cavuto, where Cavuto brought up the very real possibility that Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who stands accused of molesting children when he was in his 30’s, could win the US Senate seat he’s contesting against Democrat Doug Jones.
The Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has said that Moore, should he win, would not be welcome in the Senate — a pretty easy position to take, considering how repugnant the allegations against him are.
Cruz had a different take. Upon being asked by Cavuto if Moore should be thrown out if he wins, Cruz said:
“And I think we’ve got to respect the will of the voters. I think the reaction would be — I think it’d be completely unacceptable. If the voters of Alabama choose to elect him, for some Washington politicians to say, ‘We don’t care what the voters say,’ I think that would be a mistake. This is an issue that the voters have in front of them, and they’ll make a decision. I think we need to respect the will of the voters.”
That attitude was in sharp contrast with the way Senator Cruz felt about the accusations being faced by Senator Al Franken, who I should remind readers is not accused of molesting any children. When Cavuto brought up the Minnesota Democrat, Cruz was blunt:
“These allegations are serious and they keep coming up, every day more and more and more allegations. And I will say, there’s a rich irony watching all of the Democrats backpedaling and trying to justify, now, their colleague, who you’ve got — I think the count is five women who allege groping. That’s a serious, serious problem.”
Of course, Roy Moore is facing nine accusers himself. But then, Ol’ Roy is a Republican, and Franken is a Democrat.
And Ted Cruz is a hypocrite.
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