If only Republicans went after Democrats as aggressively as they do one of their own.
Showing an assertiveness that was sorely missing in his 2012 run against President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took aim at fellow Republican Ted Cruz for criticizing the president’s “historic” nuclear deal with Iran.
Cruz said in an interview last week with the Washington Examiner the removal of sanctions against the Persian Gulf country could release more than $100 billion, money that can flow to radical jihadist around the world.
“If this deal goes through, the Obama administration, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, will become the leading global financiers of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said.
Romney took to social media to say:
I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 30, 2015
But Cruz, a 2016 presidential contender, doubled down on his remarks this week during a round table with reporters.
“If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” he said Tuesday. “Billions of dollars under control of this administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans.”
A reasonable assessment, given Iran’s history.
The reaction on social media to Romney’s criticism shows that there are plenty who stand with Cruz, and wish Romney exhibited a little of this tenacity when going up against Obama. Or as one user pointed out, “this kind of thing is why he lost.”
Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
.@MittRomney @ThePlumLineGS @SenTedCruz Exactly! Because playing nice and acting timid served YOU so well, President Mitt!
— proteinwisdom (@proteinwisdom) July 30, 2015
.@KurtSchlichter I love Mitt. But this kind of thing is why he lost and why we have Trump. @MittRomney @SenTedCruz
— Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July 30, 2015
@KurtSchlichter @MittRomney @SenTedCruz Cruz on this. All the way.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 30, 2015
@MittRomney It’s that type of pansy ass thinking that lost to the election Mr.Car elevator @SenTedCruz
— Velow (@velow1) July 30, 2015
@MittRomney @SenTedCruz I prefer that former losing candidates not lecture current ones. Thanks
— NoJeb! (@katnandu) July 30, 2015
@MittRomney this is why you lost!
— Feisty Redhead (@LSUFan74) July 30, 2015
@MittRomney @SenTedCruz Right, Mitt. Decorum over truth. Decorum above all. That’s why we have a second Obama term. Thanks.
— edmond dantes (@pvtharoldmoon) July 30, 2015
@MittRomney @SenTedCruz My God you alone had the chance to take O down and choked. Oh how we have suffered since. Oh how we have suffered
— Mikael (@Catawba_Skies) July 30, 2015
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