NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned Americans the “next 20 months will be very dangerous” because of the anger of President Obama.
The senator described Obama’s reaction to his drubbing in the 2014 midterm election, in which the GOP made landslide gains in Congress, as “unprecedented.”
Unlike other presidents, such as Bill Clinton, who had reacted to such midterm repudiations with humility and compromise, Cruz said Obama had reacted with “anger and defiance.”
The Texan predicted Obama would now issue “executive order after executive order” and that “we will see a degree of lawlessness that exceeds even the last six years.”
Speaking to a small group of conservative reporters across the street from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday, Cruz also predicted the world will become a much more dangerous place before Obama leaves office.
He said ISIS, the Iranians and Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others, have given every reason they intend to do as much damage as possible because they see Obama as offering no credible deterrent.
Cruz implied the problem was compounded by a GOP congressional leadership unwilling to confront Obama on the most important issues and his penchant to rule by executive action.
The senator called it a “tough week” in which “GOP leadership joined with (Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid to pass amnesty.”
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The Texan also bemoaned the failure of his fellow GOP members on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as attorney general.
Cruz said he was eager to support Lynch after years of Holder’s putting politics above the law.
But, he said, during her answers at her confirmation hearing she brazenly refused to identify any way in which she would differ from Holder in the execution of her duties.
The Harvard Law School graduate was particularly irritated that Lynch found the legal reasoning behind Obama’s amnesty “reasonable.”
Cruz was even further chagrined that Lynch refused to answer if amnesty by executive action could be extended to “all 12 million” illegal immigrants.
The senator noted how previous attorneys general had stood up to presidents such as Nixon and Clinton who had attempted to issue illegal or unconstitutional orders, but Lynch did not seem to be in that same mold.
He said his pleas to fellow committee members fell upon too many deaf ears, despite the fact Holder had committed countless lawless actions and Lynch promised more of the same.
Cruz said he warned his colleagues, “If you vote yes, you can’t complain when Obama grants amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants, because Lynch will rubber stamp it.”
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