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Ted Cruz: Establishment Republican heads 'exploded' after debt ceiling ruse exposed

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Sen. Ted Cruz judged his Republican colleagues harshly after he forced the Senate to meet the 60-vote threshold to pass a clean debt ceiling measure.

"[I]t has become apparent to me, the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they are forced to tell the truth. It makes their heads explode," Cruz, R-Texas, said.

Cruz made his comments during a Thursday evening interview with conservative radio show host Mark Levin.

Republican members of the Senate, Cruz explained, did not intend to fight against a clean debt-limit proposal, but instead wanted a "perfect show vote" for their "foolish, gullible constituents back home."

By forcing a 60-vote threshold, Cruz admitted that he made his fellow Republicans furious.

"Republicans' heads exploded," he said, about the response to his action.

"They're mad because by refusing to consent to that they had to admit what they are doing, and nothing upsets them more."

Cruz said that the current establishment in Washington would never solve the national debt problem.

"Hell will freeze over before that happens," he said.

Cruz also expressed frustration that during his fight to defund Obamacare, the "Washington graybeards" in his party insisted that the real fight would be on the debt ceiling.

There was no fight, Cruz explained, accusing Republicans of giving a "blank check" to President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.

"A few months later -- it's like they think the American people are just a bunch of rubes, that we don't remember what they say," he said.

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