Sen. Ted Cruz shut down MSNBC host Katy Tur Monday when she asked him why he previously voted against a bill that provided aid for Hurricane Sandy.
Cruz was on the ground in Texas when Tur asked him if it was hypocritical to ask for federal aid to help with the devastation from Hurricane Harvey when he had voted against a Sandy aid bill.
Cruz tried to redirect the interview away from political questions, telling Tur it was not time for “political sniping,” but she continued to press the point.
“Those people lost everything they owned,” Tur said.
“The accurate thing to say is that I and others enthusiastically and emphatically supported hurricane relief,” Cruz said. “The problem with that particular bill was that it turned into a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork.”
“Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy,” Cruz asserted. “It’s not right for politicians to exploit a disaster…to pay for their own political wishlist.”