Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) appeared on the "Glenn Beck Program" Friday, where he spoke with fill-in host Doc Thompson about the "debacle" of recent weeks in Washington and the future of the Tea Party.
"Unfortunately ... you're playing on a football team and you got a bunch of guys over in the Senate that are not playing on your team," Stockman said. "It's unbelievable."
"Jesus Christ was sold out for 40 pieces of silver, apparently we were sold out for a $2 billion project," he continued. "That's horrible. That was a backroom deal that should never have happened..."
Though reports indicate Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was not behind the so-called "Kentucky kickback" in question, Stockman was skeptical.
"He's got a lot of power. He's up for a tough re-election," Stockman said. "He thought that would help his re-election."
"I almost guarantee you that's going to hurt his re-election," the congressman added. "That's selling out the Republicans for $2 billion. We've got a $17 trillion debt, and then to add another $2 billion, that's criminal!"
Stockman also spoke about the goal of the recent partial government shutdown -- defunding or delaying Obamacare, or at least making congress and the president live under it -- saying heatedly: "We got taxpayer subsidized in my healthcare; [it was] subsidized in Obama's health care. But the average citizen - he doesn't get a break. The corporations got a break. The insurance got a break. But the little guy, he doesn't get a break. He doesn't deserve it."
The congressman said it was difficult to get that message out when you have a press that is "viciously dishonest."
When asked if he gives any credence to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) or others who are proclaiming the end of the Tea Party, Stockman said with a laugh that the senator believes if he says something enough times, people will believe it.
"I was there Sunday with Sarah Palin...The ecstatic people there fighting for their monument was fabulous, and I just thought it was a great day," he said.
Referencing Thompson's upcoming national tour with his producer Skip LaCombe, the congressman added that he'd like to see the two "set that fire across the country, because this president stepped on veterans for his agenda."
Stockman also drove home a point that he says has been overlooked amid the partial government shutdown.
"Right during the shutdown, we uncovered that the IRS actually handed documents to the president," he said. "That is a criminal offense. You cannot do that...This was kind of buried because the press was totally focused on destroying the Republican Party, but you need to look at those documents that were handed over to the White House. This is something that was never heard of before, he was using the IRS to get re-elected."
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