With several races for Senate seats yet to be decided, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that if Democrats take the Senate—along with a Democratic majority in the House—they’ll attempt to push a socialist-leaning agenda.
Speaking to Fox News, Cruz said that if the presidency, House, and Senate are controlled by Democrats, “they will pack the U.S. Supreme Court, they will end the filibuster, they will pass massive tax increases, they will pass the Green New Deal, destroying millions of jobs.”
“If we have a Republican Senate, none of that happens,” he said.
While numerous news outlets have called the race for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, individual states have not yet certified his victory, and the Electoral College ultimately determines who will win the presidency. Both President Donald Trump and Biden have claimed victory in certain states, but it appears increasingly likely that this election will be resolved in the courts. For that reason, The Epoch Times will not declare a winner of the 2020 presidential election until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.
“If you want a check on Joe Biden, if you don’t want to go over the edge to the socialist abyss, Georgia is the big enchilada,” Cruz said, referring to the two January runoff races between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock, as well as Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The race between Perdue and Ossoff went to a runoff because Perdue—who is ahead of Ossoff—doesn’t have 50 percent of the votes.
The GOP currently has 48 Senate seats, with Democrats on 46, as well as two Independents who caucus with Democrats. Republicans lead in two states that are still counting votes: North Carolina and Alaska.
Despite Cruz’s prognostications, some Democratic lawmakers have lamented the socialist rhetoric and proposals used during the past year or so of campaigning. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told CBS on Nov. 8 that voters rejected Democrats due to some members’ “radical” messaging, and he encouraged them to become more centrist.
He said: “Basically labeling every Democrat as a socialist or supporting socialism, that’s not who we are. It’s not who I am; is not how we were raised. And it hurt a lot of good Democrats in rural America—Montana, for one, [and] other places around the country.”
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) has also claimed that her slim margin of reelection was because of leftist politicians in the Democratic Party. In a leaked call to the press, Spanberger blamed the leftist Black Lives Matter call of “defund the police” for her near-loss.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may not be able to recapture her position as speaker due to certain Democrats peeling away from the majority.
“To become speaker, you have to have 218 votes on the floor,” he told Fox News. “When she went up for that vote two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her. Ten of those Democrats will be coming back to Congress. If those 10 vote against her again, she will not be speaker of the House … because of the gains of the Republicans.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told a New York crowd over the weekend that if Democrats control the Senate, they can “change America.”