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‘Of course not’: Ted Cruz says ‘thousands’ of homeless Texans don’t make him regret vote against Sandy funds

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fired back at Republicans who accused him of hypocrisy this week after he called for a federal response to Hurricane Harvey — but he had earlier voted against relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which struck areas with largely Democratic voters.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” Republican Rep. Peter King of New York tweeted on Saturday.

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Cruz insisted that he still would have stiff-armed the Sandy victims.

Cruz began the interview by noting that he had visited a Texas facility with over 3,000 displaced families. He said that there would be more than 5,000 by the end of Monday.

“We’ve got people who are seeing their homes destroyed,” the senator said, adding that the damage totals would be “extensive.”

“Some of your collegues on Capitol Hill are talking about how do we fund this recovery,” the CNBC reporter observed. “Peter King is tweeting at you that he plans to vote for funding even though you didn’t vote for Sandy funding.”

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“There will be plenty of time for politics,” Cruz replied, dismissing the question with a wave of his hand. “I’m not going to worry about political sniping. My focus here is on the tragedy that’s unfolding, on the people whose lives are in jeopardy and the people who need help.”

“Has this given you a different perspective?” the reporter wondered. “Do you think that you would have voted differently about the Sandy bill given what you’re seeing in Texas.”

“No!” Cruz insisted. “Of course not. As I said at the time, hurricane funding is a very important federal responsibility. And I would have eagerly supported funding for that, but I didn’t think it was appropriate to engage in pork barrel spending, where two-thirds of that bill was unrelated to spending, that had nothing to do with Sandy and was simply politicians wasting money.”

“In Sandy, there were people in crisis and with Harvey, here, there are people in crisis,” the Texas Republican noted. “We need to focus on solving the problem and meeting people’s needs, not engaging in political games.”

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Google employees push San Francisco’s Pride Parade to exclude tech giant to protest hate speech online

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Nearly 100 Google employees asked the organizer's of the San Francisco Pride parade to ban the tech giant over its handling of hate speech online.

An online petition asked that Google be excluded from this weekend's event and removed as a sponsor of the parade, and employees sent a letter to event organizers explaining their frustration, reported Bloomberg.

“Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,’” employees told the parade's board of directors. “But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait."

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Trump blames Dems for heartbreaking photo of dead migrants: ‘If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested Democrats were at fault after a photo of two dead migrants was published.

After returning from the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference, Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn about the photo of a father and daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

"If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that," Trump reportedly quipped.

Trump on the South Lawn, when asked about the horrific photo of the drowned migrant father and daughter: “It’s like I’ve been saying. If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that.”

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Trump-loving actor hilariously roasted for complaining that a Canadian team won’t visit the White House

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Kevin Sorbo, a Trump-loving actor best known for playing Hercules in the TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," drew instant ridicule this week after he bitterly complained about a Canadian team that wouldn't visit President Donald Trump at the White House.

Earlier this week, Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green said that his team would not accept an invitation to the White House thanks to the behavior of President Donald Trump.

"I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy things are," Green explained. "But he makes it really hard. He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things. To put it politely, I think it’s a hard no."

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