BETRAYAL: Ted Cruz Bashes President Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy to MSNBC Reporter

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has talked a good game since he was destroyed in the Republican presidential primary in 2016 by then-candidate Donald Trump, but he will sometimes show his true colors to remind Republicans why he grew to be so reviled during that election cycle.

His appearance at the third annual Texas Tribune Festival is a great example of that, as Cruz had a conversation with pencil-necked MSNBC fake news reporter Chris Hayes about why he thinks President Trump is making big foreign policy mistakes.

“I have real concerns about our policy in North Korea,” Cruz told Hayes.

“The President isn’t just saying, ‘I want to do a deal with them,’ which, again, I would favor,” Hayes responded.

“He’s actually saying, ‘He’s a great leader. I literally love him. He writes these beautiful notes, and I think he is a great, great leader for his country.’ It is a gulag state that every part of the American spectrum of political ideology agrees is one of the most ghastly, uh, mad scientist experiments of human subjugation on the globe,” Hayes said while Cruz sat there and nodded along.

The exchange can be seen here:

Cruz also complained publicly after President Trump fired John Bolton as national security adviser. Cruz called Bolton, who supported the Iraq war and has a long record of incompetence on matters of foreign policy, a wise confidant who should have stayed in the administration.

In addition, Cruz has worked stealthily in the Senate to pass back-door gun control in recent weeks:

Texas Senator Ted Cruz claims that there have been “too damn many” mass shootings in Texas…

“We’ve seen too damn many of these in the state of Texas. So, we need to end them, absolutely, yes,” he declared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, after recounting the time he spent with mass shooting victims’ families in west Texas…

Universal background check legislation passed the House earlier this year and the Toomey-Manchin bill put forward in the Senate would expand background checks to private and internet sales.

On “This Week,” Cruz made the case for an alternative bill which he introduced in 2013 with Sen. Chuck Grassley. The two re-introduced this bill earlier in May.

While it doesn’t create universal background checks, the legislation works to bolster the current system by prosecuting individuals with a criminal record who lie on background check forms and criminalize straw purchases.

Some gun rights activists believe that the NICS system has not had any impact on reducing crime, nor would an expansion of this system—which some Second Amendment figures like Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America believe acts as a de facto registry—actually curb crime. There is reason to believe that strengthening NICS could open up the floodgates for further abuse by the federal government.

Bureaucracies have a life of their own, and giving them more power means that the potential for Second Amendment infringements is higher.

Cruz is reminding Republicans why they regularly called him “Lyin’ Ted” on the campaign trail during the last presidential cycle.