Get it Right, Senator Cruz

An open letter to Senator Ted Cruz.

Dear Senator Cruz,

I am writing in response to your remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference describing your Democratic constituents as “bat crap crazy.”

I think the term you may be looking for is, “mad as hell.”

“Crazy,” sir, is supporting a candidate for President of the United States whom you consider to be a “pathological liar” (CNN 5/3/2016). “Crazy” is ignoring evidence that the candidate you supported conspired with Russia to influence the election in his favor (1, 2, 3, 4), and that he and his family are using his presidency for their own financial benefit (eg., 4, 5, 6). “Crazy” is advocating for the repeal of the healthcare legislation that you used to insure your own family (7) — and thinking that average Americans can pay for their own healthcare using healthcare savings accounts (8). (What savings? (9)) Need I go on?

I’m a registered Democrat, and it’s true: I’m mad as hell about these things (and more). That doesn’t make me “crazy” — it makes me a patriotic and concerned citizen. Get it right — and do your job.


Alicia Butler, Esq.*

*Private Texas citizen not paid to write this by anyone else.

  1. Michael S. Schmidt, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence,” New York Times (2/14/2017).
  2. Shane Harris, “Intelligence Agencies Say Russia Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ to Aid Donald Trump in Election,” Wall Street Journal (1/6/2017).
  3. Lexington, “Michael Flynn quits over secret contacts with Russia,” The Economist (2/14/2017).
  4. Zephyr Teachout, “Trump is getting payments from foreign governments. We have no idea what they are,” Washington Post / PostEverything (1/26/2017).
  5. Jeremy Venook, “The Story Behind Trump’s Chinese Trademark,” The Atlantic (2/22/2017).
  6. Maria Puente, “Melania Trump’s ‘Daily Mail’ lawsuit: A FLOTUS first?” USA Today (2/7/2017).
  7. James Downie, “Yes, Ted Cruz is a hypocrite for going on Obamacare,” The Washington Post / PostPartisan (3/25/2015).
  8. Susan Jones, “Cruz: ‘We Will Repeal Every Word of Obamacare,” CNS News (1/29/2016).
  9. Quentin Fottrell, “Most Americans Have Less than $1,000 in Savings. . . and over 20% don’t even have a savings account,” Marketwatch (12/23/2015).