On the night of President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was miles away from the nation’s capital, returning to the Granite State to campaign for the first time since November.
During a town hall event Tuesday evening prior to the President address, Cruz hosted his own ‘State of Our Union’ address that drew in roughly a thousand supporters that packed into a high-school cafeteria. “If I am elected President, a year after that we will have a State of the Union that will be very different from tonight’s State of the Union,” Cruz began his speech in Londonderry, New Hampshire. “In 2018, let me tell you how I hope the State of the Union goes. My fellow Americans, the State of the Union is strong where just over a year ago, millions of Americans rose up and shocked the Washington cartel.”
Cruz continued on his speech forecasting progress of reversing the past eight years of Obama’s presidency and repealing all of the government agencies he promised to repeal. “In the year 2017, Congress listened to the American people and we repealed every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said to loud cheers and applause. “Our long national nightmare is over.”
After repealing Obamacare, Cruz added that Congress heard the American people mandate of passing a simple flat tax that ultimately abolished the IRS. “When we pass the flat tax where individuals were able to pay a simple flat tax of ten percent and repeal the Obamacare taxes, as a result we abolish the IRS,” he said. After abolishing the IRS, Cruz joked that he turned the IRS building into a Trump hotel. “We have finally auctioned off the IRS building and my good friend Donald Trump will be building a hotel where the IRS used to stand,” Cruz said adding that Trump finished building the wall with his own money and the border is finally secured.
Even though Cruz called Trump his “good friend” during his mock 2018 State of the Union address, the gloves would finally come off for Cruz and he finally returned fire on Trump’s recent series of attacks. For the past week, Trump has been pushing the issue on birthright eligibility to be president that has caused Cruz to be off his A-game in order to fend off the attacks. Cruz maintained his cool demeanor, stating he would not engage in any attacks against Trump. However, during his two campaign events and his media appearances, Cruz finally gave the media what they wanted, a feud between the two contenders within weeks before the nomination contest begins.
In his first campaign stop Tuesday afternoon in Hudson, Cruz told reporters after his pro Second Amendment rally how the current frontrunner is citing a liberal law professor who is also a huge Hillary Clinton supporter because Trump is afraid of lose to him. “The legal question is straightforward,” Cruz fired back when asked about his Canadian birth. “But I understand why my opponents are throwing more and more attacks. You know, four weeks ago, just about every Republican in the race was attacking Donald Trump. Today, just about every Republican is attacking me.” Prior to his second event, Cruz appeared on the Howie Carr radio show where he suggested that Trump should play “New York, New York” at his rallies instead of “Born in the USA,” a song Trump has been playing as his entrance song to his rallies. “I think he may shift in his new rallies to play ‘New York, New York’ because Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values,” Cruz said. “Donald seems to be a little rattled by me.”
During his pro-gun rally held outside a gun range, Cruz focused his speech on gun rights is in the constitution as a fundamental right as means as a “check on tyranny” noting liberals want to take those rights away. “If you’re a big government person, you want your citizenry docile and ignorant and unarmed,” Cruz said. “The most terrifying threat to government tyrants are men and women who are informed, who have the right to speak, who have the right to defend their family, and will stand for liberty, no matter the price.”
As Cruz tried to continue his remarks, he was met with two protestors who appeared to be supporters at first. The first agitator took the stage appearing next to Cruz would interrupt the rally with blabbering rants. “This goes for you, Senator Cruz, and everyone here. What made everyone so weird and sad that they had to come out here?” the protestor from a group called “Armed America” said. “It’s just weird, you know? I mean, why is everyone so excited about guns?” Cruz realized the man was a protestor and ask him if he was confused. After being removed from the stage, Cruz said, “Did he not get the memo, ‘Live Free or Die?’” Within minutes, the second protestor quickly jumped onto the stage trying to again interrupt the rally. “Boy,” Cruz said to the crowd who cheered on the police for removing the protestor from the stage, “it is almost like Bernie Sanders guys are scared. The Bernistas are out in force!”
Using President Obama’s recent televised town hall on firearms, Cruz went on to blast the President for stripping away law-abiding citizens instead of confronting radical Islamic terrorism. “You don’t stop the bad guys by taking our guns,” Cruz said. “You stop the bad guys by using our guns,” Cruz said while using recent attacks conducted by radical Islamists in America soil as examples of why citizens should not be disarmed. “In San Bernardino, California, last month, two radical Islamic terrorists didn’t encounter anyone with a firearm,” Cruz said. “They encountered a citizenry that the helpful, neighborly Democratic politicians had disarmed. And when you see disarmed citizenry, there is nothing a terrorist likes better than victims who can’t shoot back.”
Noting on the recent attack on Philadelphia Police Officers by a self-proclaimed jihadist last week, Cruz said the attacks on law enforcements along with demonizing their profession all thanks to President Obama and the liberal media will finally end when he becomes President.
After the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition this weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in which Cruz is one of the speakers to participate, Cruz will return to New Hampshire on Sunday to launch a five-day bus tour of New Hampshire, conducting 18 stops in all 10 countries.