Dallas Morning News fact-checks Ted Cruz for blaming Trump's debt crisis on Democrats
The Dallas Morning News is pushing back against Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) attempt to blame Democrats for the massive debt the United States is faced with as the party tries to pass the much-needed, trillion-dollar infrastructure package.
Its no secret that the Republican lawmaker is working tirelessly to block Democratic lawmakers' from passing the trillion-dollar infrastructure package.
Cruz says he wants to force Democrats to pass the initiative without Republican support, insisting they are responsible for spending the money and should be held accountable for any consequences that may come. Speaking to reports on Tuesday, October 5, Cruz accused Democratic lawmakers of accumulating trillions of dollars in debt.
"What [Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer is desperately trying to get is political cover of 10 Republicans voting for the trillions of dollars of debt that the Democrats have irresponsibly racked up, and the trillions more that they want to rack up," Cruz said.
But despite his claims blaming Democrats for the country's finances, Dallas Morning News argues otherwise. "Contrary to Cruz's effort to blame past Democratic extravagance, the glop of icing atop the humongous mountain of federal debt was added under the last president," the publication wrote.
The publication offered Cruz a brief timeline of the United States' debt accumulation noting that it ballooned by more than $7 trillion under the former president. "The debt ballooned by $7.8 trillion under Republican Donald Trump," the publication noted, adding, "That spending — for a $2.1 trillion bailout when the pandemic sent the country into lockdown, and for tax cuts that he, Cruz and other Republicans insisted would not drive up deficits — accounts for most of the current problem."
Under President Joe Biden, the country's debt has increased, but the publication emphasizes that Democrats are nowhere near the debt Republicans racked up during Trump's four years in office. "Since President Joe Biden took office in January, the national debt has risen just $677 billion — well shy of even a single trillion."
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