Cruz: 'Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I've seen'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation MORE (R-Texas) is mocking the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE's Oval Office address on Tuesday, calling the remarks by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE (D-N.Y.) "one of the most frightening things" he's even seen.

Cruz gave his perspective on the Democratic response to Trump’s prime-time message to the nation in an interview with the Daily Caller published Friday. 

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"I gotta say, watching the Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I've seen," Cruz says. "You want to talk about a visual? I am pretty convinced that was an actual hostage video."

"Go back and look at it again," he adds. "I am virtually certain that Nancy is blinking S.O.S. as Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE is talking. They're hostage to the extreme, the radicals, to the crazies in their party and they're not listening to the American people." 

Pelosi and Schumer requested and were granted airtime on all the major broadcast and cable news networks to provide their response to the president's address after Trump received the same courtesy. 

Trump pressed his case on the need for a wall along the southern border, the funding for which is at the center of the ongoing partial government shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Friday.

The presidential address and Democratic response on Tuesday night were watched by more than 43 million people. 

For context, Trump's State of the Union address last year had more than 45 million viewers, while former President Obama's last Oval Office address, in 2014 to talk about the fight against ISIS, generated 34 million viewers.