When former House Speaker John Boehner went off script and flat out called Texas Senator Ted Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh,” however, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took some exception to that statement.
During a CNN interview on Wednesday, King weighed in on Boehner’s comparison:
Maybe he gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz,” King said. “Listen, what John Boehner was most concerned about was Ted Cruz perpetrated a fraud and a hoax when he brought about the shutdown of the government on some kind of a vague promise that he was gonna be able to take Obamacare out of the budget or to end Obamacare.
King was making reference to December 2013 when Cruz led 14 other Republican senators to defund (effectively repeal) Obamacare by threatening a government shutdown. However, the Obama administration didn’t blink, and Cruz followed through with his threat triggering a government shutdown which lasted 16 days. Cruz & company triggered the shutdown by refusing to raise the national debt ceiling which nearly cost the U.S. to default on its loans.
Here’s a breakdown of how much the shutdown cost the American taxpayer.
- About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm IHS.
- $152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
- $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service.
- $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone.
The shutdown hurt hundreds of thousands of federal employees, who were unable to work. Small businesses also suffered due to frozen government contracts and postponed business loans. Tourism also took a huge hit in areas which relied on revenue from people visiting national parks.
Military families had no childcare and other vital services. And while federal employees received back pay, government contractors were not able to recover their lost wages. To add insult to injury this took place right before the holiday season, making Cruz the real-life “Grinch who stole Christmas,” for millions of Americans.
Ted Cruz has led the way to bring back jobs, growth, and opportunity to America.
Under one bullet point, Cruz brags that he “[s]et an early, high standard for meaningful Republican opposition to increasing the debt ceiling.”
Cruz “shut down the government, cost the government money” and “served no purpose whatsoever other than to boost his name identification.