Ted Cruz Calls Green New Deal 'Kooky' and 'Nutty'

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held a conference call with donors Tuesday night to raise money and talk about issues his close to his constituents. Though the border wall along the Mexican border was addressed, it was the senator's opinion of the newly-proposed Green New Deal by Democrats that brought out his more colorful side.

Cruz tossed around terms like "kooky," "bums" and "nutty" when talking about the proposed deal spearheaded by freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Texas senator who nearly depleted his political coffers defeating Beto O'Rourke in last year's reelection bid said the Green New Deal seems like something conjured up by college kids who haven't experienced the "real world" yet.

"I would say it was half-assed but that probably gives it more credit than it deserves," Cruz said in The Dallas Morning News. "It's the sort of thing that you would expect crazy lefty college kids to come up with who never actually lived in the real world … but were trying to think of — I want to live in a world with unicorns and daisies floating in the sky."

In the call, Cruz called the Green New Deal's ban on planes, cars and cattle "kooky."

While high-profile Democrats have jumped on board supporting the proposed Green New Deal, including five senators who have declared they would run for president in 2020, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he would put the proposal to a vote. It seems McConnell is planning to see which Democrats are on board with the Green Deal.

Cruz told his supporters he is looking to see which Democrats are willing to hop on the "crazy train."

"It'll be interesting to see just how many Democrats will be willing to jump on the crazy train," Cruz said, according to The Morning News. "Of course, they won't be able to run it because they can't actually start a train under the Green New Deal."

The plan calls for more train travel, actually, and even that has become a bone of contention in Texas lately. State and municipal lawmakers in Dallas and Houston have approved a high-speed rail that would connect the two metro areas. Rural landowners along the corridor have fought the rail for years, and it remains tied up in with no start date set for construction.

Former Vice President Al Gore has been a big supporter of the Green New Deal, as have Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren — all of whom have declared they will run for the Democrat nominee in the 2020 presidential race.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, has also supported the Green New Deal, which calls for reducing car and plane travel.

Cruz mocked that part of the proposal as well.

"This Green New Deal proposes eliminating all carbon emissions, which would mean necessarily banning all cars. It would mean banning all airplanes," Cruz said. He continued by mimicking a trip to Hawaii, saying it's "more than amusing to see among other things Democrats from states like Hawaii trying to explain how exactly you get to and from Hawaii with no airplanes. I'm looking forward to seeing the round-trip train tracks going to Hawaii."

Cruz even took shot at phantom provisions that Republicans have said are in the Green New Deal, like when he said "socialist payments and a guaranteed income to people who are quote `unwilling to work.' ....You know, there used to be a term for people who are unwilling to work. They're called bums."

Though the Green Deal doesn't declare guaranteed income, according to The Morning News, Cruz said he doesn't mind the government helping out the disabled and elderly.

"We're a compassionate society and those who are unable to work, we have always cared for," Cruz said. "But if some someone is simply unwilling to work and just wants to sit on their couch and watch TV all day long, well they're welcome to do that. But then they should not have an entitlement to your or my labor and to the tax payments that we pay in."

He called that part of the Green New Deal "nutty."

"That is an extreme position that you would write off as OK, that's just sort of a nutty fringe position, except that we're seeing Democratic presidential candidates rush over to embrace this kooky Green New Deal," Cruz said.

Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has flirted with running for president in 2020, called the Green New Deal "not realistic" on Tuesday.

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