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Ted Cruz Warns President Trump to Not Cut a Gun Control Deal With Democrats

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz is advising President Donald Trump to not cut a deal with Democrats on gun control .

He believes that doing so could cause conservatives to stay home in 2020 and cost President Trump the election.

“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights,” the Texas Republican declared, “that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren.”

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“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,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday.

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Cruz was addressing a question that referenced a potential deal between the Trump administration and a bipartisan coalition of Senators compromised of Democrats Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who are teaming up with Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The aforementioned senators met with Trump on Wednesday and indicated that the president was close to making an announcement on background check reforms for gun purchases.

“It would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” Cruz claimed, contending that none of the recent mass shootings would have been prevented by current leftist proposals.

However, Cruz hasn’t really offered a true pro-gun alternative that would roll back much of the unconstitutional gun control legislation on the books in DC.

Instead, he is supporting legislation that senate colleague Chuck Grassley of Iowa is drafting which would have federal agencies report all crimes into the current background check system, a system that has a dubious track record of preventing crimes.

It appears that federal Republicans are only content with holding the line and not going on offense.

However, Cruz recognizes that a gun control compromise would not be beneficial for Trump. Ultimately he believes that such a move would be demoralizing to conservatives “so they stay home.”

 

 

 

 

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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