Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the Todd Starnes Show audience that the Democrat Party’s failing policies are going to push Republicans to victory in the House and Senate in the midterms.
Cruz said there are three key objectives the Republicans will advance once they take control of Congress.
“The first thing we should do is defund the 87,000 new IRS agents that the Democrats just passed. I think the second thing we should do is impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of Homeland Security, for utter dereliction of duty. And I think the third thing we should do is impeach Merrick Garland for politicizing and corrupting the Department of Justice and the FBI and turning them into the political storm troopers for the Biden White House and the DNC,” Cruz said.
Following is a rush transcript of Todd’s interview with Sen. Cruz.
TODD STARNES: [00:00:57] I want to go right now, though, to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line and very excited whenever a book is launched and today is launch day for a brand new book written by our friend Sen. Ted Cruz. “Justice Corrupted: How the Left Weaponized Our Legal System.” We’re going to talk about that book in just a moment. Senator Cruz, good to have you with us today. [00:01:21][25.0]
STARNES: [00:01:58] But I know you’ve been traveling like our good friend, Sen. Marsha Blackburn. You guys have been crisscrossing the country campaigning. How are things going out there on the campaign trail? [00:02:14][15.9]
CRUZ: [00:02:15] I think they’re going extraordinarily well. I have been, for the last month, I’ve been engaged in a month long, 17 state national bus tour. So we started a month ago with four stops in the state of Texas. We were down in the Rio Grande Valley. One of the things I’m really excited about is I think the Rio Grande Valley is turning red, that we’re going to elect three Republicans first time in 100 years. All three of them are Latinas. All of them are Hispanic women. It’s going to be a generational shift. From Texas, on the bus tour, we went to New Mexico and then Arizona and then Nevada and then Utah and then Kansas and then Missouri and then Iowa and then Ohio. And then Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida back to Texas. I’m headed to Oklahoma today, Michigan tomorrow, and then back to the great state of Texas. [00:03:09][53.7]
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STARNES: [00:03:09] Wow. I’m already worn out. That’s some serious territory. I’m curious to your takeaway here, Election Day just a few days away. How do you think things are going to go? [00:03:20][10.6]
CRUZ: [00:03:22] I’m very optimistic. I think this is going to be a historic election. I think Republicans are going to retake both houses of Congress. In the House, I think we could end up with a large majority, as many as 30, 40, 50 seats. I think this is going to be on the order of magnitude of 2010. In the Senate, if you were to ask me to predict, I’d predict we get either 53 or 54 Republicans in the Senate, which would be a big consequential shift in the Senate. I’m really encouraged. [00:03:51][29.3]
STARNES: [00:03:52] That would be very significant because early on it was anticipated the House was going to flip, but not the Senate. So those would be huge numbers if that happens. [00:04:00][8.2]
CRUZ: [00:04:02] They would be and there’s still a bunch of races that are close. So that’s certainly not it’s not baked. It’s not guaranteed. A lot of these are within a couple of points. But I’m optimistic. I think people across this country are fed up. They recognize we’re on the wrong path. The top three issues for voters nationwide are inflation, number one, and especially gas prices, crime is number two and the out of control crime rates we’re seeing as a result of Democrat policies and illegal immigration and the chaos that our southern border and on all of those Republicans have a massive double digit lead because it’s the reckless policies of the Democrats that have caused the disasters we’re seeing. [00:04:41][39.5]
STARNES: [00:04:42] What I find interesting, there’s a brand new poll out from USA Today, USA Today, Suffolk University, and they’re finding that about 40 percent of Hispanics, 21 percent of blacks are now backing the Republican candidate. That doesn’t take into account the independent voters. I suspect we’re talking about Democrats here. I mean, if these numbers hold true, Senator, what are we looking at here? [00:05:03][20.8]
CRUZ: [00:05:04] I think we’re looking at a historic election. And you’re right, Hispanics are moving in big numbers towards Republicans. That has always been a big focus of mine. Every time I’ve run in Texas, I’ve gotten over 40% of the Hispanic vote. This cycle I mentioned the three candidates in South Texas. A little over a month ago, I hosted the three of them and then three other Republican nominees, one from Illinois, one from Virginia, one from Florida, all six of whom are Latina, all six of whom are the Republican nominees, all six of whom have a good shot at winning. In one night, we raised over $1,000,000 for those six candidates. I basically got out of the way. They’re all young, beautiful, passionate, fiery. Two of the three candidates in south Texas are married to Border Patrol agents. They promptly dubbed themselves the spicy tacos. And it fundamentally changes, I think, not just the Republican Party, but the country. When next year we have Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler saying illegal immigration is not a problem, and in response, Yesli Vega, who’s going to get elected in Virginia, is the daughter of El Salvadorian immigrants, whose brother was shot and nearly killed by MS13, stands up and says, You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. And illegal immigration is costing lives across this country. That changes the entire debate. [00:06:31][86.8]
STARNES: [00:06:32] And on top of that, I think this is something a lot of people are not talking about. And here in Memphis, Tennessee, we’re a majority minority city. Yes, blacks vote Democrat, but culturally they’re very conservative. Hispanics are the same, it’s the same thing. And I suspect when you see this transexual agenda that’s being shoved down everybody’s throats, that’s got to be turning people off. [00:06:54][21.8]
CRUZ: [00:06:55] It absolutely is. It’s part of what’s driving Hispanics, moving to the Republican Party. It’s part of what’s driving African-Americans within the Republican Party. And another huge shift, you know, The Wall Street Journal just reported in its polling that between August and now, they have seen a 26 point move of suburban women towards Republicans. Suburban women had flipped to the Democrats. So what we’ve seen in the last decade was blue collar voters moving Republican and suburban women moving Democrat. We now have blue collar voters are still voting Republican, but now suburban women are coming back and crime is driving it. The economy is driving it. Illegal immigration is driving it. But also it’s a lot of moms who are ticked off at the garbage being taught to kids and the damage that these woke Democrats are doing to kids in schools. [00:07:49][53.9]
STARNES: [00:07:49] It’s a great point you’re raising. It’s just it’s almost the perfect storm. There are so many dumpster fires burning, issues that people are very passionate about. I think it’s going to send people out in droves. And to your point, I think this is going to be a disaster for the Democrats. They’ve gone too far with this progressive crap. [00:08:08][18.8]
CRUZ: [00:08:10] Yeah. And Todd, so my book “Justice Corrupted” it actually starts with Loudoun County, Loudoun County, Virginia. You’ll remember a little girl, a 15 year old girl, went to school and she was sexually assaulted in the girls bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt. And the school lied about it. They covered it up. In fact, they transferred the Predator to another school where he sexually assaulted another little girl. When the parents went to the school board to speak up about it, they saw the school board lying about it. Because of their ideology, they insisted it is never, ever happened. A boy dressed in a skirt has committed a sexual assault. The father stood up and said, My daughter was raped and you are covering it up. Their response? They threw him on the floor. They handcuffed him, they arrested him. The father, they treated him as a criminal. And shortly thereafter, Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s Attorney General, sent a letter, a formal memo, in fact, to the FBI directing the FBI to target parents, target moms and dads who go and speak up at school boards to treat them effectively as domestic terrorists using the Patriot Act. It was an abuse of power, but what it prompted was in Virginia, moms got ticked off and it’s what flipped Virginia from blue to red. And so that’s what the book starts with, “Justice Corrupted.” As an example, Barack Obama politicized and weaponized the Department of Justice, the FBI, the the IRS, all the federal agencies. And now under Joe Biden, it has metastasized and it is the most political it has ever been. [00:09:54][104.0]
STARNES: [00:09:54] Sen. Ted Cruz is on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line, the name of the book “Justice Corrupted” and folks, we’ve got a direct link to it over on the website. You can get it wherever you buy your books. Senator, I mean, when you look at what really started in the Obama years and now it’s just insanely exploded and the Biden years where so many of our government agencies have been weaponized to target conservatives, I mean, we’ve seen the same thing happen to pro-lifers. And I know you write about this in “Justice Corrupted.” [00:10:24][29.4]
CRUZ: [00:10:25] Yeah. No, that’s a major topic of the book. So the book starts in chapter one. It starts actually with Richard Nixon, where Nixon tried to do this. Nixon tried to get DOJ, tried to get the FBI, tried to get the IRS to go after his political enemies. And then the system largely worked. Those agencies resisted, and Nixon resigned in disgrace. Well, what Nixon attempted to do, Barack Obama succeeded in doing, using these agencies as political weapons to target his opponents. The IRS explicitly went after conservatives, went after Tea Party groups, went after pro-life groups, went after pro-Israel groups, harassed them, targeted them. DOJ then blocked investigation, blocked Congress, defied Congress, refused to prosecute contempt of Congress. And after eight years of Obama, what happened is they took hard core political partizans and they burrowed them into senior career positions at these agencies. When Donald Trump became president, these senior career agencies waged a war against Donald Trump and against the Trump agenda, and they were furious at the voters for electing him and they corrupted it. The deep state went to war with the president. Now, under Joe Biden, it is fully metastasized and this DOJ is the most political it’s ever been. Merrick Garland has done more damage to the integrity of the Department of Justice than any attorney general in history. And I include John Mitchell, Nixon’s attorney general, who was prosecuted and went to jail. We’ve seen under Merrick Garland, we’ve seen FBI agents raiding the home of Donald Trump. First time in the history of our country that’s ever happened to a former president. We’ve seen, as you just noted, as I talk about in the book, FBI agents raiding pro-life activists at the crack of dawn, machine guns drawn as their kids are screaming. And it is a corruption of how DOJ and the FBI is supposed to operate. [00:12:29][123.6]
STARNES: [00:12:29] And, Senator, I don’t want to speak out of school here, but I have to imagine this book could be a maybe a blueprint for what happens and what you guys deal with when you retake the U.S. Senate. [00:12:39][9.8]
CRUZ: [00:12:41] Well, that’s exactly right. I think we’re going to win majorities in both houses a week from today. And when we have majorities, we need to have real oversight. We need to have hearings on these abuses of power by all of these agencies. And I believe the first order of business, the first thing we should do is defund the 87,000 new IRS agents that the Democrats just passed. I think the second thing we should do is impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of Homeland Security, for utter dereliction of duty. And I think the third thing we should do is impeach Merrick Garland for politicizing and corrupting the Department of Justice and the FBI and turning them into the political storm troopers for the Biden White House and the DNC. [00:13:24][43.4]
STARNES: [00:13:25] All right, Senator, we got to leave it there. Got to run for a break. But congratulations on the great podcast, the best selling book, and you’re just crushing it out there on the campaign trail for our fellow Republicans. And we really appreciate that. [00:13:38][12.5]
CRUZ: [00:13:39] Thank you, Todd. Buy the book, you’ll enjoy it. Go to Amazon wherever you get your books. That takes you behind the curtains, behind the scenes, what’s really going on. It also gives the first inside account of January six that’s been written. I think you’ll learn a lot and enjoy it. It’s readable and it’s fun, so please buy the book. [00:13:54][15.4]