Sen. Ted Cruz (D-Texas) sent a stern warning to President Donald Trump that caving into the Democrats’ call for more gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings could very well keep Republicans home in the 2020 election and cost him the presidency.
“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren,” Cruz explained to reporters at a Thursday breakfast, according to Rollcall.com. “We’re going to see record-setting Democratic turnout. The only element missing is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that.”
A gun to his head?
Many conservatives are wondering if Trump will give in to Democratic leaders’ pressure on him, to force more gun restrictions after recent mass shootings, and Cruz is concerned the president – who has previously championed Americans’ Second Amendment rights – will lose twice to the Democratic Party if he doesn’t stick to his guns.
“He (Cruz) was responding to a question that specifically referenced a possible deal between the Trump administration and a bipartisan group of senators – including Democrats Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, as well as Republican Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania,” Rollcall.com reported. “Those senators spoke with Trump on Wednesday and signaled that the president was nearing an announcement of his position on background checks for gun purchases.”
Cruz contends that none of the mass shootings taken place over the past several weeks would have been deterred by Democrats’ proposed gun control legislation.
“It would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” Cruz insisted.
The Texas senator had other plans in mind that would not be so restrictive on Americans’ constitutional rights to bear and own firearms.
“He instead was pushing legislation he has drafted with former Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa that is focused on ensuring that federal agencies report all crimes into the existing background check database,” Rollcall.com’s Niels Lesniewski noted.
“The far left is [ticked] off,” Cruz informed reporters. “They hate the president, and that is a powerful motivator.”
He used the example of his senate reelection rivalry with then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) back in the 2018 midterms, which drew a record-setting turnout for Democrats in the red Lone Star State.
“The Texas Senate race ended up being the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, and I think that foreshadows what 2020 will be nationally,” Cruz pointed out
Even though Cruz won as the incumbent, Democrats stole suburban House districts statewide.
The former Republican presidential candidate cautioned Trump and moderate Republicans about the dire consequences of conceding to Democrats’ gun control agenda.
“Cruz said a move by the Senate GOP and the president to embrace the kind of gun bills already passed by the Democratic-led House or being promoted by the Democratic senators that have been working with Trump’s administration risks ‘demoralizing conservatives so they stay home,’” Lesniewski noted. “He said he thought Trump would carry Texas in 2020, and that incumbent GOP Sen. John Cornyn will win another term, but both contests will be real races.”
Cruz said the “Texodus” of House Republicans retiring from his state and shifting demographics are part of the problem Trump faces.
“Some of the retirements are simply House members who have been there a long time, and they’re ready to step down,” Cruz pointed out.“I think they’re enjoying it a lot less right now, [and] I can understand why for a Republican House member that’s less than enjoyable – to serve in a body that every day is obsessed with attacking the president.”
A blue lobby to disarm
On Thursday, Cruz commented on 145 companies – just like Democrats – aggressively pushing for the passage of more gun control laws.
“[Corporate gun control is] social signaling at the country club,” Cruz said, according to Breitbart News.
Companies involved include Twitter, Pinterest, GAP, Levi-Strauss and Yelp.
Beto’s hand on the trigger
In Thursday night’s debate, in Houston, Texas, Democratic presidential hopeful O’Rourke made Democrat’s ultimate gun control agenda perfectly clear when he answered a question asking if he would essentially violate Americans’ Second Amendment rights by forcing assault-style weapon buybacks from legal gun owners – promising that he would be coming for Americans’ guns if elected president.
"I am – if it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield," the 46-year old gun control activist promised, according to Newsmax. "So many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa, there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time.”
He stressed that he would have no reservations about effectively disarming Americans and stripping them of their right to bear arms, which is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
“Hell yes – we're going to take away your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke insisted. “We're not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore."