On Tuesday, GOP Senator Ted Cruz wondered if Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono had anything negative to say about the far-left terrorist group antifa at the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing.
Cruz, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, convened the hearing to examine how antifa and other left-wing organizations helped spark and carry out the ongoing riots in major U.S. cities.
This is Gold! Mazi gets schooled! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/YMssnaOW2V
— Karli 🇺🇸 (@KarluskaP) August 5, 2020
Hirono tries to bolt, but Cruz corners her
Before leaving the hearing, Hirono said “we can all agree” on denouncing “violent extremism of all stripes.”
“So to constantly accuse Democrats of not caring about that is … I can only say that you aren’t listening,” Hirono added. “So I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”
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Cruz: ‘You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now’
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Cruz replied, “I appreciate the, as always the kind and uplifting words of Senator Hirono. And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about antifa, nor has any Democrat here.”
“They instead engage in a political game where they depend — you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” Cruz chided.
“I think that I’ve covered the subject quite well,” Hirono said, leaving the hearing.
“OK, she declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party,” Cruz responded. “I would note also that of the seven Democratic senators who spoke, not one of them apologized for or denounced multiple Democrats calling law enforcement officers Nazis, stormtroopers and Gestapo.”
Hirono: We should all denounce violent extremists of every stripe:
Cruz: Does that include Antifa?
Hirono: I have more time.
— Roy Handy (@roy_handy) August 4, 2020
Cruz nailed Hirono
“To be fair, I have not heard the word Nazi, but stormtrooper was Nancy Pelosi and Gestapo was another Democratic leader,” Cruz said. “That was less than helpful.”
“Across the country, we’re seeing horrific violence, we’re seeing our country torn apart,” Cruz said during an interview with Fox News on Monday.
“Violent anarchists and Marxists are exploiting protests to transform them into riots and direct assaults on the lives and safety of their fellow Americans,” Cruz finished.
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