You wanna rumble with the B, huh?
President Barack Obama, that is.
GOP presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), had a few choice words for President Obama when speaking to reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with Republican policy makers at the Capitol Hill Club.
Grandpa Munster Cruz was deep in his feelings after Obama, speaking in the Philippines on Tuesday, called out Republicans candidates for being scared of “widows and orphans” fleeing war-torn Syria in the wake of escalating ISIL/Daesh attacks.
“Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” President Obama said. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
That statement followed similar sentiments expressed by Obama on Monday to journalists at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
“When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted,” Obama said, “when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful, that’s not American.”
Interestingly enough, President Obama never called Cruz by name in neither Turkey nor the Philippines, but, as the old saying goes: A hit dog will holler.
The “widows and orphans” comment was a clear reference to New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie who said, unequivocally, that the United States should not welcome Syrian refugees into the country, not even “orphans under the age of five.”
In response, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held no punches when criticizing Christie’s comments.
“Because Chris Christie is an elected official, his comment is an embarrassment to this country,” de Blasio said Tuesday. “If he were in any other profession, it would be dismissed out of hand for the callous, heartless and prejudiced statement that it is.”
It can be assumed, however, that President Obama was referring to Cruz and Florida Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, both the children of Cuban immigrants, when he spoke of those hypocritical Republicans who “come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution.”
That statement made Cruz feel real froggy, so he leapt — for better or worse.
“I gotta tell ya…it is utterly un-befitting of the president to engage in those kinds of personal insults and attacks, and you know, he talked about…he was belittling the Republican field as scared,” Cruz blustered. “Well, let me suggest something: Mr. President, if you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. Well, I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and say it to my face…it’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond.”
Oh, word? But Cruz wasn’t done.
“It was more than a little rich that President Obama attacks the Republican candidates, saying they’re scared to answer questions from reporters, this, by the way, from a president who is almost exclusively interviewed by left-leaning reporters and doesn’t take hard questions.”
We have a suggestion for Cruz: If you’ve been paying any attention at all to 4th quarter Obama, Senator, you might not “wanna pop off” so fast.
Watch Cruz’s complete statement below: