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Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Cruz told a rapt crowd that Democrats opposed one of Republicans’ signature immigration platform planks simply to undermine the White House.
“I think there’s a technical description of what’s going on; it’s that Democrats have gone bat-crap crazy,” he said.
“Now their position is, don’t secure the border at all, let everybody in and have amnesty,” he added. “Here’s their reasoning: Trump wants a wall, we hate Trump, therefore no wall, that’s it.”
The border wall, a central promise of the Trump campaign in 2016, was the focal point of a 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year.
Trump later declared a national emergency as a way of circumventing Congress to find money for the wall after a new appropriations measure approved by lawmakers did not meet his demands.
Cruz said the opposition toward conservative border security measures is indicative of the type of resistance Republicans can expect in 2020.
“They’re getting more and more and more extreme on every issue,” he said.
“We’re going to see a crazed assault from the left, more unhinged than anything we have seen.”