"It's nonsense": Even Pat Robertson thinks Ted Cruz has gone too far

Right-wing televangelist thinks the Tea Party senator from Texas needs to tone it down

Published December 15, 2014 7:24PM (EST)

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson

It's come to this: even uber-conservative televangelist Pat Robertson is fed up with Ted Cruz's rabble-rousing.

Over the weekend, the Tea Party hero teamed up with fellow Sen. Mike Lee of Utah to hold up a spending bill funding most of the government through the fiscal year, protesting that the measure did not defund President Obama's executive action on immigration. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the outgoing majority leader, took advantage of Cruz and Lee's delaying tactics to push through confirmation votes on several Obama administration nominees.

That particularly irked Robertson, who slammed "this Ted Cruz" for his "bomb-throwing" on "The 700 Club."

“I tell ya, this Ted Cruz, a lot of people in Texas just think he’s wonderful and I don’t want to rain on their parade but what he did was this, he held the Senate open by his delaying tactics and in the process Harry Reid says, ‘Oh, we’ve got some time, let’s rush through some appointees.’ So they started approving one after the other, left-wing appointments that Barack Obama had made that a more deliberative process would’ve held up, that was what Mr. Cruz gave us,” Robertson said.

“This bomb-throwing stuff and ‘I’ll be a lone wolf and I’m the man in the Senate who is going to be like Jimmy Stewart and I’m just going to Washington to represent the people,’ it’s nonsense," he added.

Though criticism of Cruz's strident ways typically does not emanate from "The 700 Club," Robertson hasn't always aligned with the GOP's most conservative voices, even though he mounted a forcefully right-wing campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988. Seven years ago, Robertson endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 GOP presidential nod, despite Giuliani's more moderate views on abortion and gay rights.

Watch Robertson unload on Cruz below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Luke Brinker

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