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Ted Cruz Tried to Accuse Jen Psaki of 'Brazen Gaslighting' and It Instantly Backfired

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is once again getting roasted by the internet for an ill-advised tweet attempting to slam Democrats for "brazen gaslighting."

Since the historic uprising against racist police brutality last summer, Cruz and his fellow Republicans have decried Democrats for supposedly seeking to defund the police.

In reality, President Joe Biden's plan—with opposition from some progressives—increased resources for police departments. The American Rescue Plan, the most recent pandemic stimulus package that passed with no Republican support, allocated for $350 billion in stimulus funding for police forces to address a rise in violent crime.

In recent comments to Fox News' Peter Doocy during a daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted these funds while also emphasizing the bill didn't get a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate.

Watch below.

Psaki said:

"The President did mention that the American Rescue Plan, the state and local funding ... could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country. As you know, didn't receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat."

Psaki's suggestion enraged conservatives, including Cruz, who attempted to skewer the answer on Twitter.

Cruz not only voted against the American Rescue Plan, but amplified former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election—and even voted to throw out the valid electoral votes of swing states Trump lost. This was before Cruz flew to Cancún, Mexico as his state suffered devastating winter storms. Cruz claimed he was just escorting his family to the sunny getaway.

The Senator's comments come as his party continues to dismiss the severity of the Capitol Riots on January 6, and opposing a commission to investigate the riots, despite pressure from the families of fallen Capitol police officers.

People were quick to bring these receipts to Cruz's attention.






Some doubted Cruz even knew what the term "gaslighting" meant.



Cruz is one of a crowded pool of potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.