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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-Texas) is mocking the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's Oval Office address on Tuesday, calling the remarks by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures 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 SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures 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.