An aide to a House Republican leaders on Wednesday said that Democratic Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz” (R-TX) because the Republican senator refused to filibuster a bill to defund President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after he spent all summer insisting he would shut down the government if he had to.
At a press conference on Wednesday, House Republican leaders did exactly what Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) had been calling for, they announced plans to advance a measure that funded everything in the government except Obamacare.
And then Cruz and Lee infuriated Republican House members by refusing to filibuster when Senate Democrats add Obamacare funding back to the measure.
“[Senate Democratic Majority Leader] Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” a statement from Cruz said. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”
Senior GOP leadership aides told CNN that Republicans in the House were outraged at Cruz and Lee.
“They said nothing is impossible if you fight hard enough, and the minute the House announces the vote, they give up the fight? It’s crazy.” one aide said. “They should walk the walk.”
“It is disappointing to see that Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz,” another aide to Republican leadership told the network.
Davis received national attention earlier this year when she filibustered a bill in the Texas legislature that would have restricted abortions. Gov. Rick Perry (R) was eventually forced to call a special session to force the bill through.
House Republicans also expressed their frustration to NBC News.
“Cruz, Lee and [Florida Sen. Marco] Rubio are like the kids in high school who would yell fight, fight, fight, but have never thrown a punch in their entire life,” one senior aide said.
Rep AOC helped Bernie Sanders turn out ‘the largest crowd drawn by any candidate’: report
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turn out a huge crowd at a campaign rally in New York City.
Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, officially endorsed the Vermont senator at the event.
"Bernie Sanders has a crowd of 25,872 this afternoon at his Queens rally, according to the security company handling the event, Contemporary Services Corp. That would make this event, his first since his heart attack 18 days ago, the largest crowd drawn by any candidate," Buzzfeed News correspondent Ruby Cramer reported.
‘Rudy is a lousy lawyer’: Ex-prosecutor reveals why nobody will hire Giuliani for legal work
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is getting rich selling his access to the White House, in spite of being a "lousy" attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor.
Paul Butler was interviewed on MSNBC by Kendis Gibson on Saturday.
"One issue is that representing Donald Trump has been great business for Rudy Giuliani," Butler noted.
"Since he’s started to be his defense attorney, there’s a huge demand for Rudy’s services. And let's face it, Rudy is a lousy lawyer. We’ve all seen him go on TV and by the time he goes off TV his client is in more trouble. So people probably aren’t hiring him for his legal skills, they want his access," he explained.
Here’s what Trump and his defenders are hiding whenever they insist that something is ‘perfect’
On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," civil rights activist and MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley pinned down what it means when President Donald Trump and his associates describe something as "perfect" — a word they have frequently used throughout the Ukraine scandal.
"The problem we have here ... is there is no sunshine, there is no light being shone on what happened here. And one of our questions should also be, why not?" said Wiley. "Every time we hear the word 'perfect' out of the White House — it was a 'perfect' call with the Ukrainian president, now Mick Mulvaney is saying [Trump National Doral] was a 'perfect' place [for a diplomatic summit], serving the needs — every time we hear 'perfect,' and we kind of get the suggestion that they're worried and they've got something to hide."