Ted Cruz: GOPers Who Wanted Chris Wallace To ‘Hammer’ Him Were ‘Fearful’

AP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday wasn’t rattled by news that some of his fellow Republicans encouraged a Fox News anchor to trash him on air, and instead called his detractors “fearful” of him for not following “the clubby way Washington does business.”

When Fox News anchor Sean Hannity asked how Cruz would respond to the “top Republicans” who fed his colleague Chris Wallace opposition research on him, Cruz’s response was measured.

“Folks can do whatever they want to resist change, and there are a lot of people who’ve been in Washington a long time that are fearful of change, fearful of risk, they’re fearful of anything that changes the clubby way Washington does business,” he said.

Cruz added that his colleagues had thrown some choice insults at him in recent weeks as he moved forward with his effort to defund Obamacare, but said that he was “not going to respond in kind.”

At least one politician has already lept to Cruz’s defense. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Twitter Sunday to call for Fox News to reveal the “anonymous sources” that bashed the Texas senator.

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