Ted Cruz blasted Barack Obama’s presidency insisting it is the “latest manifestation of the megalomaniacal imperial presidency that we have seen.”
Cruz, appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show Monday, further criticized Obama saying, “he can’t be bothered with constitutional niceties like actually passing legislation.”
Hugh Hewitt: I am offended that the President of the United States thinks he has the authority to rename mountains. I really am. Where does this guy get off? And so, what do you think about this?
Ted Cruz: It is the latest manifestation of the megalomaniacal imperial presidency that we have seen for six and a half years. This administration has been the most lawless administration we have ever seen. And this president routinely disregards the law, disregards the constitution, disregards the Congress. If he wants to change the name of a mountain, the way to do so is go to congress. Indeed there is legislation pending to do what he just decreed would happen. But he can’t be bothered with constitutional niceties like actually passing legislation. Instead he simply decrees. You know, I am reminded a few years back, Hugh when he was asked repeatedly by amnesty to just unilaterally declare executive amnesty. And he responded over and over and over again that he had no authority to do so. That Congress makes the immigration laws, and as president constitutionally he couldn’t change them. And indeed, one of the things Barack Obama said is quote “I am not the emperor.” That was his explanation to why he couldn’t unilaterally issue amnesty. And then a few months later, the election was approaching. And I guess he became an emperor. Because if the order to he just said, he would have had to be an emperor to issue. I mean, I’m reminded, you and I both know constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley.
Cruz: Well respected law professor, he is a noted liberal, he voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
Hewitt: Man of the left. Yep.
Cruz: Professor Turley has described how President Obama has become the embodiment of the the imperial president. Barack Obama has become the president Richard Nixon always wished he could be.