Ted Cruz WARNS Trump of Democrat’s Secret Plot to CRIPPLE His 2020 Campaign
Ted Cruz warned President Trump that if he goes all in for support of the Manchin-Toomey background check bill, the results might be disastrous of him in the 2020 general election. In particular, he warns, “President Elizabeth Warren.”
The Hill reports that Cruz is warning that if conservatives aren’t motivated at the end of 2019, a liberal Democrat like Warren has a much better chance of winning.
Cruz said, “We’re going to see record-shattering Democratic turnout. The only element missing to ensure Democratic victory is demoralizing conservatives, so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that. I think that would be a serious mistake.”
The Senator’s warning comes in response to speculation Trump may strike a compromise deal with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that would significantly expand background check requirements.
Not only would it be a mistake to trust any ranking Democrat on a deal as important as any gun control legislation, but Cruz said the bill itself is flawed.
“It would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter. The Democrats’ proposal would not have prevented any of these mass murders. We ought to be focusing seriously, substantively on how you stop these horrific crimes and what they’re proposing wouldn’t do it,” Cruz added.
Cruz was quick to add that he isn’t opposed to strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He is co-sponsoring such a bill with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would “increase federal prosecution of gun violence and criminalize the straw purchasing of firearms and gun trafficking.” That, according to Cruz, “has a far greater likelihood of preventing these kinds of crimes.”
While the Republican senators are open to striking a deal on strengthening background checks, both warn against a proposal along the lines of the 2013 Manchin-Toomey amendment.
The gun-control position leading Democrats have taken in 2019 emphasizes why all conservatives would do well to heed Cruz’ warning. Trump recently told reporters the GOP and Democrat “are getting close to” cutting a deal on background checks but as Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports:
Decades of partisan fighting over gun control in Congress, coupled with the elevated political stakes in a looming election year, it is more likely headed for the legislative graveyard.
The reason for Ferrechio’s pessimism is the deep differences in what either party is willing to accept and the Toomey-Manchin bill does not bridge that gap. Now, eight years after the bill was first introduced, House Democrats say the background checks called for in Toomey-Manchin don’t go far enough.
Toomey- Manchin called for background checks for gun shows and internet sales. A new bill backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, H.R.8, goes further by banning private sales from nonlicensed dealers.
H.R.8 passed the House but with little support from Republicans. The measure passed 240-190 on Feb. 27 with only eight from the GOP side voting for it.
“Background checks are the base from which we must do everything,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said Monday. “In our view, it’s paramount to pass the House bill as part of any gun safety package because it would sew up the most egregious loopholes that allow criminals, the adjudicated mentally ill [and] spousal abusers to get guns.”
But cut away all the rhetoric and the reality, Democrats have no intention of stopping there. Cruz believes that dramatically expanding background checks will ultimately require a national gun registry. He said, “If you mandate every private person-to-person sale has to be subject to a background check, the immediate next question is how do you implement it and the only way to implement that is with a federal gun registry.”
That is likely Democrats real aim with gun confiscation beyond that. Who would have thought a presidential candidate from one of the most pro-gun states in the Union, Beto O’Rourke, would dare say in a nationally televised debate, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!”
Cruz said, “the approach that I’m pushing, focus on the felons, the fugitives, those with dangerous mental illnesses, that would prevent far more of these mass murders while at the same time protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”
That, Mr. President, is what your supporters elected you to support. In a time when the push to do “something, anything” about gun violence has risen to a fever pitch, please stay the course, and they will be all-in for you.