PolitiFact rating on Senator Ted Cruz:
Cruz said that the “Democratic Party is getting smaller and smaller and smaller.”
Democrats have lost a significant number of seats and federal and state offices throughout the Obama administration. The party as a whole, however, is stable or has grown in terms of its party organizations.
Factoring in funds raised through the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other party organizations, Theriault said, “the Democratic Party “is getting bigger and is bigger than the Republican Party.”
Cruz’s claim is partly accurate, but leaves out important context about the Democratic Party beyond its elected officials. We rate Cruz’s claim Mostly False.
Ted Cruz’s response:
“If you want to know why everyone finds lefty journalists so ridiculous, take a look at this particularly silly Politifact. I said “the Democratic Party keeps getting smaller and smaller.” Looking to the actual numbers, Politifact is forced to agree that, in the last seven years, the Democrats have lost 11 governorships, 13 U.S. Senate seats, 69 House seats, and an amazing 910 state legislative seats. Visibly frustrated, they turn to national Gallup polls. Democrats in 2008 had 38% support; today it is 29%.
If Politifact were checking actual “facts,” that would be the end of the matter. They would rate my statement something like “True, even though we really hate it.” Instead, shaking with frustration, they grasp at straws: but Democrats (with an incumbent president and a massive crony shake-down machine) have raised more money! And here is one poll showing Democrats have (or had) support among Millennials! Of course, neither of those has anything to do with what I said.
Politifact is also, “ahem,” peeved I correctly observed the Democratic field is not exactly young and dynamic.
Here is a prediction for their next Politifact: they will “fact” check my first sentence, and conclude it is false because, hey, they found three other lefty journalists who do not think they are ridiculous….”