During a Monday podcast appearance, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, claiming that the GOP should have gained a majority in the upper chamber and then proceeding to blame McConnell for not more vigorously backing Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters.
Cruz published an edition of his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz, in which he and co-host Ben Ferguson analyzed the midterm elections and the Republican Party’s complete inability to retake the Senate, in spite of the overwhelmingly favorable political and social conditions that lead up to the midterm elections.
Cruz expressed his displeasure, saying McConnell’s decision to abandon Masters was “indefensible.”
According to Fox News, McConnell’s PAC removed $8 million in campaign spending from Arizona after Masters won his primary race.
“We had an extraordinary opportunity. We had a generational opportunity. This should have been a fundamental landslide election. We should have won the House and the Senate. We should have a 30, 40, 50 vote majority in the House. We should have 53, 54, 55 Republicans in the Senate,” Cruz said angrily.
“Oh, look, I’m sure he will raise money and invest in the race … But if you look at this last cycle, Mitch McConnell pulled the money out of Arizona. We could have won — won Arizona. We nearly won Arizona and abandoning Blake Masters was indefensible,” Cruz continued.
“…because of this, we’re gonna see horrible Left-wing judges confirmed for the next two years, because of this. We’re gonna see judges taking away our free speech rights, our religious liberty rights, our Second Amendment rights. It is an enormous missed opportunity. And I gotta say, it is hard to describe my feelings as anything other than rage,” he added later on.
Cruz’s criticism comes on the heels of former President Donald Trump’s withering criticism of McConnell over the failed Blake Masters campaign.
However, Trump’s detractors have continued to point out that the former president did not use any of the $100 million raised by his PAC to promote Republican candidates in the midterm elections, including Masters.
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