Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reacted to criticism from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who condemned what he called the rise of "Ted Cruz-ism."
"I very much hope that I never see the day where the New York Times is praising my efforts," Cruz said during a radio interview on The Andrea Tantaros Show on Wednesday.
Brooks noted Sunday that Cruz was a "senator from Canada through Texas" and dismissed him as a "media protest person" who was not "normal."
Cruz dismissed Brooks' rhetoric as "hysterical," saying, "I do think that the New York Times is this hysterical already is probably a sign that we might be doing something right."
Cruz said that the grassroots momentum behind the proposal to defund Obamacare via a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open after Sept. 30 was bringing about a "new normal" to Washington, D.C.
"The truest words David Brooks spoke is that he is apparently very concerned that something that is normal was not happening in Washington, which is that leaders in Washington are beginning to listen to the American people," Cruz said.