On Thursday (May 11 ), Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R) angrily sparred with a reporter during his visit to the Southern border, attacking the press, who he says “parrots” talking points defending President Joe Biden’s handling of the southern border crisis.
One Reporter, Derick Garcia, aimed his question at Republicans, asking what they have “done to help Joe Biden?”
Cruz retorted that Garcia’s question was “ridiculous and silly,” asserting that his time in office — 11 years — meant Garcia doesn’t “get to argue” with him. Cruz continued scolding Garcia, saying, “You asked your question. You want to hold a press conference? You can do it over there!”
He then went on to give an answer to Garcia’s question, saying that the Reporter “happily parrots” a common Democratic talking point about the border problem not being able to be “fixed.” Cruz poked holes in that theory, which he called an “utter and complete lie.”
Instead, the Republican Senator explained that “In 2020, the last year of the Trump presidency,” the U.S. had achieved the lowest illegal immigration in 45 years.
He reiterated Garcia’s question about what he had done, replying that he’s “championed securing the border… [and] ‘remain in Mexico,'” explaining that this effort “turned [the border] problem around and solved it.” He concluded, “Joe Biden inherited the lowest illegal immigration in 45 years,” but on his first day in the Oval Office, he made policy decisions to create the Southern border problem.
Cruz told the reporter he should be ashamed of himself because he’s “not reporting facts. You’re telling lies.”