Donald Trump gave Ted Cruz the nickname “Lyin’ Ted,” and that might be the only thing he’s done that President Joe Biden agrees with.
This is based on the White House Twitter page’s reprimand in response to the smarmy Republican senator on Wednesday.
Last week, Cruz tweeted that passing a bill that would improve freeway sections of the Ports-Plains Corridor was a “big bipartisan victory.”
Although Cruz and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to an omnibus bill passed earlier this year that designated part of the Ports-to-Plains corridor as a future addition to the interstate highway system -States nationwide, Cruz voted against the bill that would have funded him, according to The Hill.
Still, he seemed quite willing to take credit for the project, such as during an interview he did with Lubbock ABC affiliate KAMC TV, which he included in the tweet.
Cruz also took credit for the project in an official statement, but in both cases he omitted a very important detail: he actually voted against the bill that funded the project he was praising. .
The White House Twitter page was very happy to fill in that blank.
Ryan Chandler, the KAMC reporter who interviewed Cruz about the freeway, explained that he asked the senator why he didn’t vote for the bill and included a clip from that moment – which Cruz inexplicably left out his previous self-interested tweet.
Cruz attempted to explain the hypocrisy by claiming that he supported the project, but not the bill that funded it.
“It happens frequently in the United States Senate…I vote against the giant mess of a bill, but at the same time enact the jobs-focused legislative victory in the state of Texas,” Cruz said, without irony.
Twitter users seemed quite amused by the clapback, which came weeks after the White House publicly called out Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Florida) and other Republican lawmakers who criticized the student debt relief, even though they had loans canceled from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.
HuffPost reached out to the senator for comment, but no one immediately responded.