Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday and accused him of abandoning House Republicans in the budget battle.

Norquist told the Washington Post that Cruz came out “from left field” and “said we have to defund Obamacare permanently.” He then complained that “people went out on talk radio and said if you’re not for this you’re a coward, you’re a RINO.”

Norquist said because Cruz “didn’t deliver any Democratic votes,” he “pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away” without mentioning that many House Republicans only joined Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the fight to defund Obamcare in the very last moments after Cruz and Lee, along with groups like Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica and conservative stalwarts like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, awakened the conservative grassroots in opposition to Obamcare funding.

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