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Monday, July 23, 2018

Capital punishment is God’s gift to America! Hillary Clinton is such a sure thing, people already want to impeach her! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz during the Ag Summit in Des Moines. 3/7/2015 (John Pemble, iprimages/Flickr) Texas Senator Ted Cruz during the Ag Summit in Des Moines. 3/7/2015 (John Pemble, iprimages/Flickr)

I’m perhaps expanding the purview of “This Week In Crazy” a bit here. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t exactly announce that he saw Jesus in his freedom toast, nor did he run through an Iowa cornfield screaming that Sharia law was in the water.

But he is displaying a curious doublethink — contradicting himself, saying one thing, then saying the opposite. This might cause alarm among medical professionals if Cruz were just another joe. But since he’s a politician campaigning for the highest office in the land, it’s basically par for the course.

You see, Cruz has done another FEMA flip-flop of the kind we’ve grown used to seeing from Texas pols. On one hand, they hate and fear the feds. On the other hand, they declare more emergencies than any other state in the union, so sometimes they need a hand.

This is how Cruz can have absolutely no qualms about voting no on a federal aid package for the victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2013, and then a few months later rally for such assistance when disaster befalls his own state in the form of a factory explosion.

So it was again on Tuesday, when Cruz went on the air to address the state’s response to the flooding wreaking havoc in Central Texas. The senator said he was making sure the federal government would “fulfill its statutory obligations.”

You see, it’s okay to play the fiscal hawk and pretend that disaster relief is wasteful government spending. Until tragedy occurs on your home turf. Then it’s the government’s obligation to spend money on disaster relief — and as quickly as possible.

Next: Scott Walker