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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke raised .1 million from over 128,000 donors on campaign's first day O'Rourke on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'We don't have the best negotiating partners on either side' O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) is mocking the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's Oval Office address on Tuesday, calling the remarks by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now 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 SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now 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.