Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) put on his pseudo-psychiatry pants Tuesday and claimed that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been afflicted by a severe case of “Obamaphobia,” which is inhibiting his ability to go along with immigration-reform efforts.
On Monday, Cruz said during an interview on ABC that the White House’s insistence that Congressional immigration-reform efforts include a path to citizenship makes President Barack Obama the single “biggest obstacle to passing common sense immigration reform.”
During an interview on MSNBC, Menendez refuted the lawmaker’s claim, saying that the bipartisan Gang of Eight was actually responsible for pushing path to citizenship measures.
“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.”
Cruz’s spokesperson promptly responded, though without denying the diagnoses, in an email statement, “If Obamaphobia means fear of government tyranny and the willingness to stand against it, I wouldn’t say that’s inaccurate.”
Currently, Cruz and a handful of other conservative lawmakers are trying to block Senate consideration of the 867-page bipartisan immigration overhaul while they work to introduce an onslaught of amendments that would render the legislation ineffectual or garner support to defeat the bill altogether.