You could say, to borrow a line from Charles Dickens, that for Ted Cruz, these are the best of times and the worst of times. Best because he won the Iowa GOP caucus, worst because he did so with some questionable tactics which are now being scrutinized and criticized across the political spectrum.
If you missed it (and some of us wish we had), here’s Teddy Boy’s victory speech Monday evening after the results came in from Iowa:
Part of that speech is now being heavily slammed by the International Association of Fire Fighters. Here’s what they objected to:
To the police officers, and the firemen and the first responders, the heroes who rushed in to burning buildings instead of out of burning buildings, the last seven years of having a president, having an attorney general that demonizes you, that vilifies you, that sides with the criminals and looters instead of the brave men and women of law enforcement — that will end on Jan. 20, 2017.
Ted, being the political jackal he is, could not resist attacking the President, mainly because he has no real platform other than to turn the country over to the filthy rich and let everyone else live in the streets and highways, ala “Mad Max.” Hey, you haven’t eaten in weeks? Too bad, Ted declares. One more word out of you and we send you to the re-education camp where you can break rocks 16 hours a day!
The reason the firefighters are so upset with Cruz? Simple. He voted against a bill that reauthorized healthcare coverage for 9/11 first responders. But now he wants to try and wear their bravery like a blanket of honor. And this did not go unnoticed by the union that represents those incredibly selfless men and women who have jobs that often endanger their lives.
Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, remarked in response to Cruz’s fakery on caucus night:
What Ted Cruz did the other night in his Iowa victory speech is disgusting. He said he embraces fire fighters and the dangerous work they do, says he’s our friend and calls himself a great patriot. But when it came time to actually have the backs of fire fighters across the U.S., he was AWOL. Cruz is the worst kind of politician who will say or do anything to get elected.
In other words, Ted Cruz is a prototypical Republican running for office.
This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.