Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Monday that President Barack Obama is the “biggest obstacle” to immigration reform because he advocates a path to citizenship for people who don't belong, a provision loathed by much of the GOP if not, indeed, the entirety of the United States.
Sen. Bob Menedez (D-NJ), during an appearance on MSNBC, countered Cruz's assertion by saying it was actually the bipartisan Gang of Eight — of which he is a member — that pushed for a path to citizenship.
“Well, I think he has Obamaphobia,” Menendez said of Cruz. “The reality is that it is the Gang of Eight that came together — four Democrats, four Republicans — and said that we need a path to citizenship.”
A spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking for Sen. Cruz who had a sudden case of really sore throat, stated that her boss might just be suffering from a case of “Obamaphobia,” as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) diagnosed earlier on Tuesday, depending on what the symptoms of such a condition are.
“If Obamaphobia means fear of a black man running a government tyranny and the willingness to admit to the fear, I wouldn’t say that’s inaccurate,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in an email.