Cruz: Democrats ‘look down’ on Scalia
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Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE says prominent Democrats don't respect deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Sadly, I’m not surprised [President Obama] will not go to Justice Scalia’s funeral,” he said Thursday on "The Mike Gallagher Show." "President Obama, and for that matter [Democratic presidential candidates] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE, look down at you and me and Justice Scalia and conservatives.


“[They view us] as essentially the ignorant masses. We’re in flyover country," Cruz added.

“Obama summed it up during his unguarded moment in the 2008 election. He described all of us as bitter and angry and clinging to our God and our guns. I’m not bitter, but we are angry. [Obama] can’t have either our God or our guns.”

Cruz argued there is precedent for Obama snubbing prominent right-wing figures in the past.

“We saw something like this a few years ago when President Obama refused to attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral,” he said, referencing the former British prime minister, who died in 2013.

“Now Margaret Thatcher — you want to talk about a historical figure that stood with America, that along with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul were pivotal in winning the Cold War, defeating the Soviet Union. For the American president not to attend was just disgraceful,” Cruz added.

The Texas senator praised Scalia’s work on the Supreme Court following the justice’s death Saturday.

“Justice Scalia spent three decades on the court, transforming the direction of American law," Cruz said. "As Ronald Reagan was to the presidency, so Justice Scalia was to the Supreme Court."