Cruz's father, Rafael, has been a recent subject of ridicule from the left and center for his unhinged rhetoric, including comparing President Obama to Fidel Castro because the former had pledged to use executive power to combat climate change if Congress failed or refused to act.
This week, Cruz was asked to comment and stated that he agreed with the comparison.
"Obviously there are enormous differences," Cruz conceded. "The United States is not imprisoning or torturing dissidents. But the point my father was making — he was focusing on a sentence that President Obama used in the last two state of the union addresses where he said, 'If Congress doesn't act, I will.'"
Cruz also took issue with "the willingness of this president to disregard the law, to ignore the law," and cited as an example the decision to delay the employer mandate in the president's health care reform law.
Much like Bachmann, Cruz evidently is unaware of the irony, if not the hypocrisy, of Obama being called dictorial by someone who threatened to shut down the entire country unless he got his way.
As a reminder, earlier this year, Ted Cruz petitioned Congress not to pass a budget in order to pay the bills that they themselves had incurred, threatened the White House that he would shut down the government unless the Affordable Care Act, which was legally passed by both houses and upheld as legally constitutional, was repealed, and has since been threatening repercussion against any and all Republicans who refused to collaborate with him.
Why are the politicians quickest to decry someone a dictator always the ones who also try the most to act like one?