Steve Schmidt calls ‘liar’ Ted Cruz 'historically despicable person' just like Joe McCarthy
Senator Ted Cruz speaking with attendees at the 2021 Young Latino Leadership Summit. (Gage Skidmore)

A discussion about Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) appearance on "Face the Nation" Sunday turned into a rant fest about what a "liar" he is.

Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, former George W. Bush consultant Steve Schmidt called the Texas senator a "historically despicable person" and went on to compare him to Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI).

"These people ... from Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who has raised money from a Holocaust denier, who has aligned himself with white nationalists and white supremacists," said Schmidt. "No hyperbole at all involved. He ideated about the murder of a Congresswoman. Matt Gaetz, all the rest of them are — they're loony. They're, crazy. Lauren Boebert, six or seven different arrests on her criminal jacket. These political extremists are in charge of the Republican Party."

He went on to explain that the facts are well known, the problem is that the Republican Party is contributing to the cancer in their party metastasizing. Schmidt also predicted that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is going to have a very difficult time being the Speaker if Republicans take back the House. Schmidt wants to see Democrats run as a party against these kinds of people to drive the message home that the GOP has changed dramatically.

After showing Cruz's interview with CBS, Schmidt explained that Cruz knows full well that he's perpetuating lies.

Ted Cruz "is a historically despicable person. He ranks up there with Joe McCarthy," said Schmidt. "He's a demagogue. He's a liar. He's as irresponsible United States senator as there has ever been in the history of the United States. He arrived in the Senate and has been a vandal towards our institutions and towards the idea of the truth and delivering it to the American people. "

He went on to talk about the GOP elites like Cruz and Kayleigh McEnany, both of whom were Harvard graduates, and accused them of trying to "play supporters for fools if they can accrete power to themselves."

"When you look at somebody like Ted Cruz, you know he's lying. Everybody knows he's lying. Ted Cruz knows he's lying," Schmidt said. "But extraordinary cynicism coupled with the type of propaganda that comes out of Fox News and the right-wing can turn that nonsense into reality. So, Ted Cruz helped incite the Jan. 6th attacks with his lying, with instigations. He was, of course, revving up the crowd there that morning. And he has sought to whitewash it with more lying for many, many months. He is a truly despicable figure at a moment of real crisis."

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) attacked the Fox News machine that is now trying to blame the Jan. 6 attack on Joe Biden. Apparently, if Biden wasn't elected then Jan. 6 would never have happened. It's an outright domestic violence argument frequently used by abusers who claim things like "you're making me hurt you."

McCaskill went on to say that Ted Cruz was so desperate to be relevant that he fought non-stop against Trump until the final nomination. Then he begged to speak out in support of Trump at the RNC event.

"He is so desperate to be relevant, he will sacrifice everything, everything to do it," she said. "And by the way, Kevin McCarthy is the same way. And Mitch McConnell is the same way. And so are another host of Republican leaders that have not just allowed the Marjorie Taylor Greenes and the Boberts, and crazy Gosars to take over. They have given them their power willingly. It is astounding."

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