Exclusive — Kevin McCarthy Predicts Republicans Will ‘Make History’: GOP Recruiting Class ‘Best We’ve Ever Seen’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hopes Republicans will “make history” on Election Day as they hope to take over the House and Senate, telling Breitbart News Saturday that the GOP’s recruiting class is the “best we’ve ever seen.”

“We’re just a short time away from hopefully making some history here,” McCarthy said, discussing how the establishment media have now admitted that the momentum appears to be with Republicans, less than two weeks ahead of Election Day.

“It seems like that’s the case. But that always makes me nervous,” he said, remembering past predictions.

“Last time we didn’t lose one incumbent,” he said, reminding listeners how wrong the establishment has been in the past, betting against Republicans. However, Republicans have another advantage this year, McCarthy suggested, deeming the House GOP’s recruiting class “the best we’ve ever seen.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) is interviewed by a reporter outside the Capitol Building after being sworn in on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. Flores was elected to fill the seat held by Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, who resigned from office in March. She is the first Mexican-born woman elected to Congress. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) is interviewed by a reporter outside the Capitol Building after being sworn in on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. Flores was elected to fill the seat held by Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, who resigned from office in March. She is the first Mexican-born woman elected to Congress. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“And we’ve never — we’ve had some early indication Mayra Flores is winning down in the border of Texas. Just an amazing woman,” he said, explaining that “there’s so many competitive seats.”

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McCarthy emphasized, again, that there are “so many candidates out there” making these races competitive across the country because of Democrat policies that Republicans have been talking about.

“Inflation, they brought crime in our streets, the open borders, fentanyl — the number one killer of Americans 18-45,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy put a greater perspective on the effects of inflation on the American people, noting that most Americans say they could not afford to give up a month’s worth of wages. Yet, that is essentially what has happened under Biden’s administration.

But Republicans, he added, are fighting for the American people all across the country, from the northeast to the southwest. 

“This is like a hinge election,” he said, describing it as one that “only happens once every 50 years. This is like a 1979, 1980 election all over again. It’s about the policies and direction for America. Who best has the plan to turn America around to make it strong again,” he said.

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WATCH LIVE: Former President Donald Trump Holding ‘Save America’ Rally in Robstown, Texas

WATCH LIVE: Former President Donald Trump Holding ‘Save America’ Rally in Robstown, Texas

Former President Donald Trump holds a “Save America” rally in Robstown, Texas on Saturday, October 22.

Trump is joined on stage by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Rep. Michael Cloud.

According to Newsweek, Trump’s likely motivation for holding a rally in Robstown is to support two congressional candidates in south Texas — once a Democratic stronghold. Rep. Mayra Flores, who won a special election in June, will be facing Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez in Texas’s Thirty-fourth Congressional District. Meanwhile, in the Fifteenth District — which Gonzalez currently represents — Monica De La Cruz is running against Democrat Michelle Vallejo.

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Exclusive: Rep. Randy Weber Leads House Resolution Panning Biden for ‘Recklessly Gutting’ Oil Reserves for Political Gain

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) is leading a House resolution recognizing the threat that President Joe Biden’s “irresponsible” withdrawal from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) poses to the country, condemning him for “recklessly gutting” the reserves for “political gain,” and calling on the president to “halt the sale of petroleum products” from the SPR and begin its crucial replenishment.

The resolution, which is to be introduced on Friday by Weber, whose district houses roughly 60 percent of the nation’s emergency crude oil stockpile, was given to Breitbart News for review in advance.

It recognizes that “energy security is national security” and that the president’s “attack on domestic production of oil and gas” has made the country “energy dependent.”

It also “encourages higher levels of domestic oil and gas production” as Americans produce energy “more cleanly and more efficiently than any other country.” 

In addition, it urges President Biden to “halt the sale of petroleum products” from the SPR and begin replenishing it.

The resolution accuses the Biden administration of having, from the start, “irresponsibly attacked the energy sector of the United States, halting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, creating bureaucratic challenges to the permitting process, and promoting the exclusive use of wind and solar energy (sources that are not entirely reliable), making the United States dependent on foreign powers.”

It also deems the president’s release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a politically-motivated move “to artificially lower gas prices at the expense of the [country’s] national security.” 

Over 20 House Republicans have joined Weber in cosponsoring the resolution, including Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Mayra Flores (TX), Chip Roy (TX), and Troy Nehls (TX).

In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Weber, who holds a key leadership role on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (SST) and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, called out the president’s recent announcement as a recipe to “recklessly” gut the country’s energy defense.

“We are 639 days into Joe Biden’s disastrous presidency, and it has been an all-out assault against American energy,” the Texas congressman said. “One of the most alarming offensives is Biden’s abuse of America’s invaluable Strategic Petroleum Reserve.”

“This resolution calls for President Biden to halt the sale of petroleum products from the SPR and to begin replenishing this critical emergency resource immediately,” he added. “This is no longer about reducing gas prices for political gain; now he’s recklessly gutting our energy defense.”

Several cosponsors of the bill slammed the president for his “reckless” plans in statements provided to Breitbart News.

“President Biden shouldn’t open the spigot of our strategic petroleum reserves, meant for national emergencies, to hide his failed energy policies or to serve his political purposes,” said Flores.

“Doing so, not only puts our national security at risk but also negatively impacts energy jobs across our state and country, and American energy production,” she added. 

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) described the SPR as “designed for weather emergencies or national security matters, not political expediency, or an upcoming midterm election.” 

“Under President Trump, our SPR reached almost 700 million barrels of oil, now we are approaching levels not seen in nearly 40 years,” Fallon said. “With every draw down that Joe Biden makes; he puts our national security more at risk.” 

“His actions and radical energy agenda are unacceptable and a disservice to the American people,” he added. “I am proud to join fellow Texan, Congressman Randy Weber in this effort.”

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) asserted that from the very beginning of his presidency, Biden has “worked to destroy America’s energy independence — causing prices at the pump to hit historic highs.” 

“Now, Biden is recklessly dumping our Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to try and control prices, after his negotiations with totalitarian leaders failed to get more oil on the market,” he said. 

“Thankfully the push under Trump’s administration for American energy independence led to very low prices and allowed the U.S. to fill up the SPR, but Biden is quickly draining our emergency supply, putting America’s national security at serious risk,” he added.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) accused the president of “shamelessly compromising U.S. energy security in a cynical, politically-motivated attempt to salvage Democrats’ midterm hopes.” 

“Gas prices are sky high because the Biden administration is dead-set on advancing a radical energy agenda driven by left wing climate hysterics, no matter the cost to Americans,” he said. 

“I know the American people recognize Biden’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve releases for what they are: nothing more than an ineffective, dangerous political ploy,” he added.

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) insisted the president’s decision to “release millions of more barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a politically motivated move that compromises our national security and is a shortsighted response to the ongoing energy crisis.” 

“This Administration’s anti-energy agenda and refusal to invest in American oil and gas production have led us to this energy crisis and have crushed Texas families with skyrocketing energy costs,” he said. 

“It is past time to reverse the damage of Biden’s Green New Deal agenda and unleash American energy dominance,” he added.

According to Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), since President Biden took office, his “disastrous energy policies have weakened [the country’s] energy independence.” 

“We should be unleashing American energy, not draining our oil reserves,” he said. 

“This politically motivated decision is a reckless move that puts our national security at risk,” he added.

Rep. Brian Babin of Texas, who cochairs the Border Security Caucus, accused the president of having “spent his presidency waging war on our oil and gas sector and draining our Strategic Petroleum Reserve dry.” 

“Americans are sick of his reckless and irresponsible actions,” he said. “They want affordable solutions that lead to energy security.”

Longtime U.S. House Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) argued that the Biden Administration is “well on the way to scraping the bottom of the barrel of America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.” 

“Depleting our SPR, which is reserved for emergency global supply disruptions, is irresponsible and yet another political ruse to bail President Biden out from his self-inflicted energy crisis before November,” he said. “The liquidation and drawdown of the SPR jeopardizes our national security.” 

“It’s time for the President and his anti-American energy agenda to get out of the way so America can flip the switch and regain our energy independence,” he added.

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) maintained that “under President Trump, we had energy independence.” 

“From his first day in office, Joe Biden has attacked our domestic energy production, begged other countries for oil, and has tapped into our strategic oil reserves to manipulate gas prices,” she said. 

“Joe Biden and House Democrats continue to push political policies ahead of the midterm elections that put American jobs and American energy last,” she added.

On Wednesday, President Biden announced his plans to release another 15 million barrels of oil from the federal government’s strategic reserves to keep gas prices low before the midterm elections.

The president’s latest decision marks more than 200 million barrels set for release in less than two years as president, more than all previous presidents combined, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The oil reserves are currently at the lowest level since 1984.

Despite Biden’s historic oil releases to bring down the cost of gasoline, the OPEC+ nations announced their decision last month to cut oil production by two million barrels a day.

The president expressed his disappointment with OPEC+ and Saudi Arabia’s decision, despite administration officials working behind the scenes urging them to delay their cuts until after the midterm elections.

When asked if the current move to release the Strategic Petroleum reserve before the midterms was “politically motivated,” Biden replied, “Not at all.” 

“It’s motivated to make sure that I continue to push what I’ve been pushing on,” he added.

Biden recently campaigned in California where gas prices are nearly seven dollars per gallon.

When asked about rising gas prices in the state, the president replied, “Well, that’s always been the case here.”

Despite the rise in prices, he continues to take credit for gas prices declining from record highs in the summer.

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WATCH: Migrant Squares Off, Assaults Border Patrol Agents

WATCH: Migrant Squares Off, Assaults Border Patrol Agents

A video tweeted by U.S. Representative Mayra Flores (R-TX) shows a migrant resisting arrest by San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents.

The video begins with a San Diego Sector Border Patrol agent holding an unidentified migrant on the ground after he appears to have illegally crossed from Mexico. The migrant is covered in sand, indicating there may have been a scuffle. It is not clear when this incident took place.

The camera pans to another migrant who is squaring off with a Border Patrol agent. The agent attempts to hold the migrant at bay with a baton while waiting for backup. The migrant charges and strikes the agent.

A second agent approaches the confrontation while the migrant continues to try and fight the first agent. The migrant then turns his attention to the second agent.

As the man stalks the second agent, a third agent approaches from behind. The third agent runs and tackles the migrant. The three agents then work together to bring the man safely into custody.

The sound of crowds on the Mexican side of the border can be heard cheering the fighting migrant to attack the agents. The cheers turn to jeers as the agents accomplish gain control of the situation.

Breitbart Texas reached out to Rep. Flores’ office and to the San Diego Border Patrol Sector headquarters for additional information regarding this incident. An immediate response was not available from the congressional office. Border Patrol officials responded and advised the FBI is leading the investigation into the assault on the agents.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with information from San Diego Sector Sector Border Patrol officials.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point?Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Exclusive — Sen. Ted Cruz on Hispanics Shifting to GOP: ‘Democrats Are Openly Racist’

Exclusive — Sen. Ted Cruz on Hispanics Shifting to GOP: ‘Democrats Are Openly Racist’

TAMPA, Florida — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here this past weekend at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit (SAS) that “openly racist” commentary from Democrats like a blogger paid by Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and even from even first lady Jill Biden are exacerbating a shift among Hispanic voters already underway from the Democrats to the Republicans.

During the interview, Cruz referenced how Jill Biden called Hispanics “breakfast tacos” in a recent speech in San Antonio and how Gonzalez—the vulnerable Democrat congressman in a South Texas district primed to flip to the GOP for the first time in over a century—paid a blogger who called Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) “Miss Frijoles,” among other racist attacks.

“Democrats are openly racist,” Cruz said. “Their attitude toward minorities is they want Hispanics, they want African Americans, they want all of us to just stay on the plantation, shut up, and obey them. We saw Jill Biden come down to San Antonio and compare Hispanics—say ‘you are as diverse as breakfast tacos,’ which I got to say, as the son of a Cuban immigrant, is pretty damn offensive. Like, lady, we’re not tacos. By the way, every bit as hysterical, she tried to reference bodegas up in New York and she called them ‘bogedas’ which was a classic, rich, out-of-touch liberal trying to pretend ‘you minority people: shut up and vote for the Democrats,’ like you’re supposed to. The amazing thing about the taco line is that wasn’t a gaffe. That wasn’t like Joe Biden on a foreign trip just saying something stupid into the camera, which he does all the time. That was written into the teleprompters. The White House staff signed off on it. This Biden White House thought it was good to call Hispanics a bunch of tacos, so of course Vicente Gonzalez pays someone to call Mayra Flores ‘Miss Frijoles’ because their view—by the way, we also had a Democratic congressman get on the House floor last week and lambast Clarence Thomas because he is black and he’s married to a white woman.”

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), left, and Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX). (Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images)

Cruz continued by noting that the “racism” Democrats espouse is “grotesque,” but he argued they get away with it because, with rare exceptions—he pointed to Breitbart News and Fox News as two outlets willing to regularly call them out—most media outlets ignore it.

“It is grotesque, the racism of Democrats and that they casually throw out these kinds of insults,” Cruz said. “You know what they count on? They count on that the corporate media will never report it and will keep it quiet. You guys will cover it. Fox will cover it. But in the corporate media it doesn’t exist and they will keep it silent forever.”

Those comments about the racial insensitivity of radical leftists came in a broader interview about a shift ongoing in the Hispanic community away from Democrats towards Republicans. Flores, who won a special election in South Texas just a few weeks ago, flipped a congressional seat away from the Democrats that had not gone Republican since Ulysses Grant was President of the United States way back in 1871—just six years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This Flores win came after significant gains that former President Donald Trump made in the Hispanic community in the 2020 election and wins from Hispanic GOP candidates and gains among the Hispanic community more broadly for Republicans in November 2020 and again in November 2021 in the Virginia gubernatorial election.

“I think it’s happening. I think it’s going to intensify,” Cruz told Breitbart News of the trend. “The reasons are a couple things. Number one, the Hispanic community is seeing what a train wreck the socialist agenda is. They’re seeing that everyday life is harder under Joe Biden. They’re paying more at the grocery store for food. They’re paying a lot more for gasoline. They’re seeing crime skyrocketing across the country. They’re seeing illegal immigration completely out of control—open borders. And, I think they’re fed up. They’re ticked off, just like the rest of Americans. And I got to say particularly in South Texas. South Texas is overwhelmingly Hispanic and it’s been Democrat for over a hundred years. It has been a bastion of the Democrat Party.”

Not only does Flores have a shot at holding her seat in November—a much taller task than the special election because of redistricting shifting the district more Democrat—but Republicans also have two more Hispanic women candidates in two other South Texas Democrat-held seats in Cassy Garcia and Monica de la Cruz, who similarly have shots at flipping those seats. Cruz predicted a red wave in Hispanic South Texas during this interview with Breitbart News.

“My prediction is I think South Texas is going to turn red this November,” Cruz said. “We saw the first inklings of that with a special election just a few weeks back. It was in a district in Texas that is right along the gulf coast. It runs from south of Corpus Christi all the way down to Brownsville, which is the southern tip of Texas. It’s right on the Mexican border. It is the second most Hispanic district in the United States of America and when we had the special election they elected a Republican—and not just a Republican, a Hispanic woman. The last time that district had a Republican member of Congress was 1871. That’s a big, big deal. There are two other districts next to it, both of which are represented right now by Democrats. I think we have a great shot at flipping all three of those districts and electing three Republicans—all Hispanic women who are conservatives—and one of the big drivers particularly in South Texas is they see firsthand the misery and suffering caused by Biden’s open borders policies. They see their hospitals overflowing, they see their schools overflowing, they see prisons overflowing, they see children being violently and sexually assaulted by drug cartels, and they’re fed up. You can’t go and see what’s happening on the border and defend it, and I think in South Texas the Hispanic community knows that firsthand.”

The three Latina GOP candidates—Flores, de la Cruz, and Garcia—call themselves, as Breitbart News has reported, the “triple threat.” All three are hardcore conservatives and not pandering to the establishment when it comes to immigration policy, something Cruz is hopeful and excited about going into November and into next year.

“It is fantastic. All three of them I know well. I endorsed all three of them,” Cruz said. “I campaigned for all three of them. Cassy Garcia was actually on my staff for seven years—she was my South Texas director and my deputy state director, so I’ve worked side-by-side with Cassy for many years. All three of them are rock stars. It’s exciting—but one of the points—my dad goes down to South Texas a lot. You know my dad. He’s a pastor and he’s passionate. He does Spanish language radio. He makes a point in South Texas that I think is really consequential. He says, ‘Look, there was a long time, there were a hundred years where Texas was a one-party state. We were a Democrat state—that’s all Texas elected was Democrats for about a hundred years. At that time, there was a political battle but it was in the Democrat primary and it was between conservative Democrats and liberal Democrats. The whole political fight in Texas was in that primary.’ The point my dad makes is he says, ‘Look, Hispanics in Texas were always conservative Democrats. They were never the liberal Democrats. In those primaries, Hispanics voted for the conservative Democrats.’ What’s happened is today’s Democratic Party has thrown all the conservative Democrats out. There aren’t any left. So you still have some voters that remember that kind of old history, but you look to today’s woke left—and by the way the same speech where Jill Biden called all Hispanics tacos, that was also called a LatinX conference. I will tell you right now, anybody using the word LatinX ain’t Latino. I guarantee you they are a woke white liberal that views Hispanics as tacos. You look at literally the language—Latino and Latina—we put masculine and feminine on just about every word. Just about every noun has masculine and feminine. This bizarre gender ideology of the far left where they don’t think women exist and they don’t think Latinos exist, I think a lot of the Hispanic community [think], ‘you people are crazy.’”

But even beyond the early parts of this trend showing in South Texas and in South Florida in recent years, Cruz senses this to be a national trend among Hispanic voters. He points to the candidacy of Yesli Vega in Virginia’s seventh congressional district. Vega, with Cruz’s help, just won the GOP nomination for Congress there and will face Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) in November. A Hispanic woman with a law enforcement background and a personal history of pain inflicted by MS-13, Cruz sees a strong future for Vega in Congress—and thinks this shows the trend reaches much further into the country than the southernmost tips of Texas and Florida.

“I think it is very much a national trend. You look at the district in Virginia, Yesli Vega,” Cruz said. “That was a vigorously contested primary. There were a number of strong Republicans running. I endorsed Yesli Vega early and I went and campaigned with her. I went and did rallies with her in the district the day before primary election day. Yesli’s story—she is the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador. Her brother was shot and nearly killed by MS-13 so she knows firsthand the real price of illegal immigration, the real ugly downside of it having seen that kind of gang violence. She is married to a soldier and the two of them were stationed for a period of time in Korea. She herself is a police officer. She is a mom of two teenage kids. She is an amazing dynamic speaker and I went and campaigned with her. We had fantastic rallies. She won a decisive victory in the primary. I think in November she is going to defeat a Democrat incumbent. We’re going to get to January of next year and we could easily have four new Republicans, all of whom are Hispanic women. I can’t wait for Nancy Pelosi or AOC to start arguing to them ‘Hey, illegal immigration isn’t a problem’ and have them be able to call out what garbage that is. That’s happening in Virginia. It’s happening in Texas. It’s happening in Florida. It’s happening across the country. And I’ll say in Florida there is another factor that’s at play, which is in Florida you have obviously a significant Cuban-American population. You also have a significant Venezuelan population. Both Cuba and Venezuela, they’ve seen firsthand the disasters of Communism and socialism. Many of the Cuban-Americans and Venezuelan-Americans living in Florida, they fled the disasters of Communism and socialism. So when they see Democrats calling themselves socialists and enacting socialist policies, they know firsthand. Growing up, my dad had fled Cuba and so I was raised knowing where this leads and the misery and poverty it leads to. That’s a real blessing to Florida to have so many Floridians who have seen this story before and they don’t like how it ends so they want to change it here.”

Cruz also said that beyond Hispanic GOP candidates like the ones in South Texas and Florida and in Virginia, among other places, he thinks this trend carries over with the Hispanic community voting Republican across the board in many elections. He credited Trump for having a huge hand in getting this trend rolling, and says that Democrats abandoning working class Americans—and Republicans standing up for the working class—has led to a tectonic shift in U.S. politics over the past couple decades.

A man holds up a “Latinos for Trump” sign at a protest after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2020. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

“I do see this trend continuing and I think it is nationwide,” Cruz said. “I think Donald Trump played a big part in it. We saw particularly in 2020 that Trump’s numbers with Hispanics went up significantly. I think a big part of it has to do with the socioeconomic shift of politics. You think about it, 20 years ago conventional wisdom was that the Republicans were the party of the rich and the Democrats were the party of the poor and the working class. That’s turned on its head. Today’s Democratic Party is the party of rich, coastal billionaires. That’s who they listen to. That’s whose agenda they follow. They focus on the gazillionaires and they’ve abandoned the working people. You look at the heart of the Republican Party and it’s blue collar workers. The heart of the Republican Party—if you’re a Hispanic guy in South Texas and you work in the oil field and you drive a pickup truck and you go bird hunting on the weekends, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to take away your job, want to destroy your livelihood, want to eliminate your ability to provide for your kids, want to take away your rights of free speech and religious liberty, and we’re seeing those voters moving away from that agenda.”

A major issue Cruz said he views as powerful in fighting on this front is school choice.

“I’ll tell you another issue I think is really powerful is school choice,” Cruz said. “I think school choice is the civil rights issue of this century. The Democrats are so hateful and they’re so bought and paid for by the teachers union bosses that they’re willing to consign entire generations of low-income kids, many of whom are African-American or Hispanic, they’re willing to just abandon them in schools that are failing them. I believe and am very passionate about school choice. I’ve been the leading advocate of school choice in the Senate for a decade. I believe that Republicans—we ought to be campaigning in every neighborhood in every state saying that every child in Texas and every child in America deserves access to an excellent education regardless of your race and regardless of your ethnicity, your wealth, your zip code—it doesn’t matter. If a kid gets access to a great education, the rest of that child’s future is transformed, and if they don’t get access to an excellent education the rest of their future is likely to be much, much worse. That’s a powerful issue in the Hispanic community.”

He said that crime is a major issue, too, and hammered New York Democrats for being weak on crime, as this interview took place the day after Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the GOP nominee for governor in New York, was attacked by a man wielding a weapon at a campaign stop in the state.

“I think crime is a major issue in this race. If you look at the national polling, the number one issue is inflation and gas prices in particular and the number two issue in the country is crime, and illegal immigration is the number three issue—and crime and illegal immigration are closely intertwined,” Cruz said. “You look at these blue state governors, you look at these leftwing mayors, these George Soros-funded prosecutors and DAs who are letting violent criminals go and it is insane. We are seeing crime rates go up, murder rates go up, carjacking rates go up. It was horrific seeing what happened. Lee is a friend of mine. Lee is a really good guy. I campaigned for Lee really early on. When he first ran for Congress, I campaigned for him early on in Long Island. To see that guy—I mean, that was an attempted murder. Thankfully, Lee reacted quickly and grabbed the guy’s wrist and held it away. Then the guy was tackled and disabled, but it was really within hours they let him go. The attempted murderer got let go because New York has this cash-free bail where basically ‘Hey you’re a violent criminal, let’s put you back out on the street.’ So many of these crimes are being committed by violent criminals who have been let out on the street by these Democrat politicians and they do it over and over and over again. It’s quite striking that yesterday Lee Zeldin put out his first digital ad and the digital ad is on crime and cash-free bail and talking about the idiotic New York District Attorney where you had a robber come in and try to rob a bodega or as Jill Biden would call it a ‘bogeda.’ The clerk defended himself, killed the robber, and so the New York DA prosecuted the clerk who was the victim of the robbery, and it’s a sign of just the insanity. I do think in the Hispanic community and I think in the African-American community and I think in even white liberals—there’s an old joke that a conservative is a liberal who got mugged. This crime is getting bad and it is the policies of the Democrats that are driving it. I think there are a lot of New Yorkers who are fed up with this and there are a lot of Californians who see criminals just walking into stores and just robbing stores in broad daylight. You had to laugh at Starbucks closing stores all over the country because of the crime policies of leftwing DAs. Starbucks, one of the most leftwing companies in the country, they support all of these leftwing politicians—and now they’re getting by the idiotic policies those politicians are putting in place.”

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO — Rep. Mayra Flores: Biden Admin Encourages Illegal Immigration

The policies of President Joe Biden are encouraging people to risk their lives by trying to illegally enter the U.S., said recently elected Congresswoman Mayra Flores from South Texas.

“He is not saying it with words, but he is saying it with actions — with what he is doing,” said Congresswoman Flores in an exclusive interview. “He is telling the people to practically come, bring everyone, take the risk, and endanger your children.”

Flores recently granted Breitbart News an interview where she spoke about the current issues facing her district in South Texas, particularly the immigration crisis. According to Flores, mismanagement by the Biden Administration at the border has worsened while Democrat politicians dismiss the challenges at hand.

 “It’s not fair, it’s not fair for the Democratic Party to take advantage, because they are taking advantage of the needs of the migrants,” she said.

Apprehensions at the border have jumped dramatically since the start of the Biden Administration, leading to almost daily record-breaking figures. Messaging by the administration, plus moves like ending Title 42 removals, have overwhelmed the detention and enforcement capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security.

“In truth, there are some very bad people crossing our border,” Flores said. “While our agents on the border are tied up with children and women, there are terrorists coming in.”

The congresswoman was referring to reports claiming that in May, 15 individuals apprehended were on a terrorist watch list while a total of 50 had been apprehended since October 2021.

“Things have changed. I believe that we need to secure our border and to help good people come here legally,” Flores said.

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‘Defund the Cartels’ — Rep. Mayra Flores Talks Border Crisis in Exclusive Interview

‘Defund the Cartels’ — Rep. Mayra Flores Talks Border Crisis in Exclusive Interview

A newly-elected Texas Congresswoman is calling for the defunding of the Mexican cartels effectively in control of the U.S. southwestern border.

“We need to defund the cartels,” U.S. Congresswoman Mayra Flores said during an exclusive interview in Spanish with Breitbart News, where she talked about how criminal organizations from Mexico are the only ones benefiting from the current border crisis.

Flores made history in June when she became the first Mexican-born female to be elected to the House of Representatives. She flipped Texas Congressional District 34, which was historically a Democrat stronghold.

“Unfortunately, we have a border that is in control of criminal organizations,” Flores said, referring to the operational control along the border by the Gulf Cartel and the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. Currently, the Gulf Cartel operates one of the most active human and drug trafficking corridors in Flores’s district. “It is a sad reality, but no one can cross the border into this country without having to pay thousands of dollars to criminal organizations.”

The issue which has been largely ignored by most politicians in Washington and helped create a cycle of violence and abuse where women and children suffer unspeakable horrors at the hands of cartel-connected smugglers, she said.

In many cases, victims suffer sexual and physical abuse. In other instances, victims are kidnapped and held for ransom. “It is something that is happening that in reality, it embarrasses me that it is happening in this country because we are better than that,” Flores added.

According to Flores, securing the border and creating a streamlined process for legal immigration would help to defund cartels.

“I believe that we need to secure our border and to help good people come here legally,” she said. “Where there is a safe process also where people can come without having to go through, like I said before, without having to go through hell.”

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Rep. Mayra Flores Hits Back at CNN and Jill Biden: ‘Maybe I’m Not the Right Type of Taco’

Rep. Mayra Flores Hits Back at CNN and Jill Biden: ‘Maybe I’m Not the Right Type of Taco’

Republican Rep. Mayra Flores (TX), the first Mexican-born member of Congress, fired off a zinger at both CNN and first lady Jill Biden after the former published a piece calling her and other Republican Latina candidates “not the ‘real deal.’”

“As per CNN: I’m not the real deal,” she tweeted. “Maybe I’m not the right type of taco.”

Flores’ taco remark was in reference to Jill Biden’s comment comparing Latinos to “tacos” on Monday at an event that many Latinos on both the right and the left found tone-deaf and offensive.

Biden, whose remarks were captured on video and spread virally on social media, said, “Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community—as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio—is your strength.”

The English professor also mispronounced “bodegas,” calling them “bogedas.”

Biden’s remarks earned her a rebuke from a Hispanic journalism association.

“NAHJ [The National Association of Hispanic Journalists] encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities. We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions,” the group said in a tweet.

A Biden spokesperson tweeted that she “apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”

Biden’s remarks did not help the perception that Democrats are losing touch with Latino voters, as evidenced by Flores’ win in a formerly blue district in Texas. Flores became the first Republican to win the district’s seat in decades.

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