Sen. Ted Cruz calls out ‘career politicians’ in both parties for putting politics before the people

On radio this morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined TheBlaze Radio Network’s Chris Salcedo to discuss the state of politics in Washington, D.C. From the Republican victory in Florida’s special election yesterday to the problem with career politicians in both parties, Sen. Cruz explained why Democrats are running scared and why he is actually optimistic about the future.

Despite Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz’s (D-FL) assurance that Democrats will be able to proudly campaign on a platform that includes Obamacare, the results of Florida’s special election yesterday proved the President’s healthcare law may be more of a hindrance than anticipated. Republican David Jolly won the hard-fought congressional election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young (R-FL). Voters in the ‘swing’ district were flooded with ads, phone calls, and mailings about Obamacare, and the Republicans ultimately came out on top. Chris asked Sen. Cruz if the outcome is a sign of things to come.

“I mean this was a race the Democrats repeatedly described as a ‘must-win’ race. Over $12 million was dumped into this one congressional race. It was a full-on battle. They had Bill Clinton involved, and… they had a very strong Democratic candidate. Nonetheless, Republicans won,” Sen. Cruz explained. “And the central issue in the race was the disaster that is Obamacare. And that's going to be the central issue I think in just about every race across the country in November. And I think the millions of people who are hurting because of the train wreck that is Obamacare is going to lead to Democrats losing control of the senate in November and Harry Reid being retired as majority leader.”

There is an obvious divide in the Republican Party between the establishment and the more conservative wing. While it is clear the Democratic Party is completely out of touch with the American people, Chris feared the leadership of the Republican Party is equally devoid of reality.

“What when I see a deficiency – almost universally on the Democrat side of the aisle, but it's crept into the GOP side,” Chris said. “It's not about doing what's right for the American people. It's about keeping my power, keeping my authority, keeping my little fiefdom. That seems to be the priority of a majority of law enforcement in DC.”

“I wish I could disagree with you, but I can't. Washington is broken. Career politicians are not listening to the American people, and you hear that from Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, over and over. They say these people aren't listening. They aren't focused on my priorities,” Sen. Cruz agreed. “Instead, they're just trying to hold on to power. You know, a lot of Republicans – the D.C. consultant class – they say, ‘Well, the way you win elections is you put your head down. You don't rock the boat. You don't stand for anything. You just kind of do nothing, and that's how you win… Every time Republicans have done that, we get clobbered.”

Ultimately, Sen. Cruz cannot help but be optimistic about the future because the American people are waking up and realizing the Washington elite cannot and will not solve the problem.

“The Washington establishment is scared. They're scared of the grassroots. They're scared of the people who are rising up and who are holding elected officials accountable,” Sen. Cruz said. “And the reason, Chris, that I am so optimistic, so hopeful for turning this country around is that I think all over the nation, people are waking up. They're waking up. They're getting energized. They're realizing we can't keep going down this road.”

“There is an urgency right now to politics… And that urgency is causing people to rise up and demand of elected officials stop the madness, stop bankrupting this country, stop taking away our constitutional rights,” he concluded. “Let's get back to free market principles and our constitutional liberties. Let's bring back economic growth and job. Let's bring back the principles that made America strong. I think that's the direction we're going. But sadly, a lot of the Washington establishment doesn't get it. And what little they do get terrifies them.”

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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