From the 2016 Republican primary campaign trail comes this seemingly prophetic flashback of Texas Senator Ted Cruz predicting that if elected president, Donald Trump would cut deals with leftist Democrats like now-retired Harry Reid, and current leaders in the Senate and the House respectively, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi .
Speaking in New Hampshire in January 2016, Ted Cruz, who ended up eventually placing a strong second place behind Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, said that the DC establishment was lining up behind Trump because they believe he’ll cut deals with them.
Cruz told the panel that if you think the problem in Washington is Republicans not making enough deals with Democrats, then Trump is your guy:
“We’re seeing something fairly remarkable happening on the political terrain — We’re seeing the Washington establishment abandoning Marco Rubio. I think they’ve made the determination that Marco can’t win. And they’re rushing to support Donald Trump. And just yesterday Bob Dole explained why the establishment is supporting Donald Trump. They said he’s someone we can make a deal with. He’s someone we can cut a deal with.
And I would note Donald just a couple of days ago drew the difference between me and him. And he said, look, Ted won’t go along to get along. He won’t cut a deal. So if as a voter you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump’s your guy.”
On Wednesday, President Trump did just that — making a deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to raise the debt ceiling, pulling an end around Republicans and conservatives.
Here are a few reactions from a few leading conservatives voices around the web:
In last 48 hours, Trump sided with Schumer and Pelosi on debt ceiling increase and called for Congress to enshrine DACA. So much winning!
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 6, 2017
I hate everyone who sentenced us to this sham/joke/self-parody of a presidency, and look forward to Trump betraying every last one of them.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) September 6, 2017
Refrain I'm seeing from Trumpers in my TL defending his deal w/ Schumer & Pelosi: GOP weak! Trump strong! Great deals with strong Dems!
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 6, 2017
The entirety of @BenSasse's statement on the inexplicable deal Trump cut with Schumer and Pelosi: "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad."
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 6, 2017
What do Republicans have to do in order to get you guys off the plantation?! They dont want conservatives. It's time to leave.
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) September 6, 2017
Trump and Schumer working together, you say? Who in the world could have imagined this?
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) September 6, 2017