Ted Cruz Gives MSNBC Co-Host a Lesson on the Constitution

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Mika Brzezinski, ardent liberal and co-anchor of Morning Joe, grilled Ted Cruz about the now-infamous letter to Iran posted on Sen. Tom Cotton’s website. In addition to dealing with her misunderstanding of the letter, he schooled her on the Constitution.

Mika seems to think Cruz wants a “perfect deal” with Iran. She asked him if the letter was intended to interfere with Obama’s deal.

The letter was intended to defend our national security – to stop a bad deal – and to defend the Constitution, he said. Cruz explained how laws are made but Mika ignored that and went back to her original question.

Mika thinks Congress has a say and a voice but that is basically all, though that’s more than Obama is willing to give Congress. Mika doesn’t realize or accept that Congress is a co-equal branch of government and has a right to, not only a say, but has the sole right to legislate. Barack Obama has been ruling alone for too long.

Illogically, she said that the next step without this bad deal is war.

She said Congress shouldn’t be interfering with what the president is doing.

Congress is one-third of the government, they share power with the president and the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is the only branch that represents the people. Cruz explained how the system works.

Mika repeatedly asked the same question about the intention of Republicans to interfere with the deal. She really needs to prepare more questions for her next interviews if she’s not going to respond to the answers.

Cruz explained Congress’ role and how it works using examples from history.

“We don’t have a supreme leader like Iran does,” he said. “We have checks and balances and if you want to make law in this country, you need both the president and Congress. This is a unilateral president.”

That segment ended when co-host Joe Scarborough jumped in to add to Cruz’s comments and say it was not unprecedented, “In 1984, Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Ortega apologizing for Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist views.”

Mika saw only deflections in the responses.

Liberals believe in big government, but are they also opposed to the separation of powers. An all-powerful president seems to be fine with them.

Listen to the video on this link. or here, go to about 09:00.

From the interview:

Three days ago, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was booed for saying Congress is a co-equal branch of government.

SHARYL ATTKISSON: You’re going to disagree with me but I’m going to go ahead and say it. I feel like you can argue it both ways and I can see arguments on both sides that I feel like what they did as a co-equal branch of government is equivalent to what the president did in deciding that he had a moral imperative to go it alone on things that are important to him but that Congress may not agree with. You either think that the president —

[audience booing]

— is right in doing that or that the Congress did the same thing, they have an equal right. Or that you think that Congress is wrong and that the president, as a co-equal branch of government, also should be wrong to take that initiative.

Arianna Huffington, for her part, doesn’t think Congress has the right to even express an opinion.

If Americans don’t understand the role of Congress, that’s a problem.