MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday ripped Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over his hours-long anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor, part of a gutsy attempt to prevent Democrats from restoring the funds to the health care law that the House voted to remove.
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Matthews said Cruz is not a "legislator" or trying to "change government the way its formulated and carried out."
"He is a problem for our Republic," the host later declared.
Matthews also went after Cruz for questioning Chuck Hagel's foreign ties in a "Joe McCarthy fashion" during his confirmation hearing.
"He has contempt for the American political system. He is not a member of any political party that I can tell," he said. "His behavior has been totally and utterly destructive."
Americans have not learned a "single thing about Obamacare" because of Ted Cruz, he added. "He doesn't teach, he is a demagogue."
After listening to Matthews and his panel fume about Cruz and his "antics," it's pretty clear the Texas Republican has struck a nerve.
Watch the clip via MSNBC below: