Ted Cruz stands up to detractors: I didn’t come to D.C. to make friends

One thing that has made Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) so divisive is his unfailing ability to say exactly what is on his mind. From the beginning, Sen. Cruz has made his objective clear: He is in Washington to serve his constituents in Texas. And during an interview with ABC News set to air Sunday, Sen. Cruz reaffirms that very point, explaining he is not in Washington to make friends.

“Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are the two best guys in the Senate,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “They're principled. They're decent. They're being excoriated by everybody. And they're not going to stop. They don't care. They said: This is what you asked me to do. I ran on this. You asked me to stand by the Constitution. You asked me to do these things. I will do them. And they're very bright – two of the brightest guys in Washington. So here is Ted Cruz.”

REPORTER: How much do your colleagues just despise you right now on the floor? I mean I hear some really strong language from your own fellow Republican senators.

CRUZ: Listen. You know --

REPORTER: You made some enemies in this battle.

CRUZ: There's an old saying that politics, it ain't beanbag. And, you know, I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate. And you know what? There is an inverse relationship. Given the choice between being reviled in Washington D.C. and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times.

And I'll tell you: When I go back home in Texas, I have a job that I was elected to do and that's to represent 26 million Texans, to fight for them, and they are frustrated just like people all over this country. Their top priority is jobs and economic growth, and Washington isn't listening to them. But there's a difference. You want to draw me into discussing specific individual senators. I'm not going to do that. I will say that the reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached last night, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans. I wish Senate Republicans had united. I tried to do everything I could to urge Senate Republicans to come together and to stand with House Republicans because --

REPORTER: So you're saying more than that, though. You're saying not only did they not support House conservatives, that they attacked House conservatives, Republicans.

CRUZ: Well, and I think it was unfortunate. I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple Senate Republicans going on television, attacking House conservatives, attacking the efforts to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win, it's a fool's error and we will lose, this must fail, that is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame. I really wish Senate Republicans had simply stood with House Republicans and said, “You know what? We're going to be unified listening to the American people.”

“What awful, hateful rhetoric, and he's right. He's right. You know, they doomed themselves to failure from the very beginning. Because what did they do? I mean really think about what the Republicans have done. The Republicans said that they were going to do everything they can to stop Obamacare. And maybe we should have said more specifically: Is there a period there? Is it: We're going to do everything we can to stop Obamacare from being inflicted on us in Congress. Or are you doing everything you can do to stop Obamacare, period,” Glenn asked. “They did everything they could to stop it from being inflicted on them but not on us. And as soon as they got their special deal, then they were done.”

As Glenn explained, what we witnessed in the Senate is actually a move right out of the progressive playbook. It is Rules for Radicals from so-called Republicans.

“It doesn't even make sense. It just doesn't even make sense. Unless you're playing the game that the White House plays. I mean, look. Let me show you, it's Rules For Radicals. That's Rules For Radicals. Do you see what John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Peter King [did],” Glenn asked. “What they did is Rules For Radicals: Isolate, call them names, call them extremists, call them every name in the book. And that's what they did… So when you have that kind of rhetoric going on behind the scenes, what are they doing? They're doing Saul Alinsky.”

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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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