Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and veteran Republican Sen. John McCain have butted heads on several occasions since Cruz entered the Senate earlier this year. The Daily Caller has exclusively obtained a recent email exchange between them.
The exchange is reprinted here for the first time, in its entirety, and without comment.
From: John McCain
To: Ted Cruz
Date: May 6, 2013
My dear friend,
I feel like we’ve started off on the wrong foot. Although there have been many times this Congress that I’ve longed to feel your soft face pressed helplessly against my knuckles, a lifetime of service has taught me that, with effort, I can forgive almost any slight for the good of the country. Please consider this note an olive branch, and realize that any suggestions come from a place a friendship.
I understand that you came to the Senate looking to shake things up, and while that’s all well and good, you should understand that we abide by certain standards here in the world’s greatest deliberative body. For example, it is generally considered impolite for a freshman to call an older senator a “pussy,” particularly when the senator in question is a decorated war veteran, and the freshman is a slouching little lady-man who went to Harvard. It is likewise considered uncouth to push older senators down the stairs, as you did with Sen. Hatch, and call them “sugar tits,” as you did with Sen. Reid.
I look forward to your upcoming apology to these members of the Senate, as well as your continued contributions to the debate about the future of our country.
From: Ted Cruz
To: John McCain
Date: May 7, 2013
Well, Senator, I think it’s about time someone taught you a thing or two about what freedom means and why it’s worth defending.
Freedom, senator, means America. And America means freedom. That’s what I’m fighting for. Have you even ever considered putting your hide on the line for freedom? Come over to my office when you have a chance. I’d be happy to teach you all about courage and honor.
I only like to deal with facts, senator. So here are a few important ones that are worth considering: I graduated at the top of my class at both Princeton and Harvard Law. You graduated at the bottom of your class at Annapolis and crashed a plane three times. Also, I have never crashed a plane.
Now, you referenced the Hatch incident, or as some call it in Cruz-land, “The First Battle in the War to Restore Liberty.” It just so happens that Sen. Hatch is what we real Americans call a RINO — and I don’t mean the animal. I mean a Republican In Name Only. The most vile of species. I also have it on good authority that Sen. Hatch was trying to spread Shariah law in the Senate (he’s from Utah where there are lots of Muslims). So I pushed him down the stairs to send a message: There’s a new boss in town, and he isn’t afraid to kick you when you’re not looking.
Watch your back, senator — or you may be taking a ride down the stairs like Imam Hatch.
Give Me Freedom or Give Me Death,
Ted Cruz 2016