Before Hurricane Harvey even made landfall in Texas, United States Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn had already sought federal emergency relief from the Trump administration. Both Senators, however, voted against aid for New Jersey and New York in 2012 in the wake of the disastrous Hurricane Sandy.
When confronted with his hypocrisy, Ted Cruz blamed his failure to support the people of New Jersey and New York during the 2nd costliest storm in American history on “unrelated pork” in the aid package.
Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, however, did not take kindly to Cruz’s blatant backpeddling.
Christie claps back at Ted Cruz for Sandy relief bill: "Absolute falsehood" that 2/3 of bill didn't go to Sandy aid https://t.co/yU15CjUPNi
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 30, 2017
“What was wrong was for Ted Cruz to exploit the disaster for political gain, and that’s what he was doing. The fact of the matter is that was an absolute falsehood…. And listen, let’s remember what Senator Cruz was trying to do at the time. He was trying to be the most … conservative person in the world,” Christie said.
“Someday it’s going to come to Texas… and when it does, I’m going to promise him that New Jersey congresspeople will stand up and do the right thing… This is what the federal government is there for… But if you’re not there for this, then what the hell are you there for?”
Ted Cruz may be trying to rewrite history now that his own selfish, egocentric words have come back to haunt him, but the embattled Senator does not seem to be succeeding. As politicians from around the nation pledge their support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Ted Cruz should take note of what real leadership looks like.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.