Cruz: 'Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I've seen'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) is mocking the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's Oval Office address on Tuesday, calling the remarks by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) "one of the most frightening things" he's even seen.

Cruz gave his perspective on the Democratic response to Trump’s prime-time message to the nation in an interview with the Daily Caller published Friday. 

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"I gotta say, watching the Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I've seen," Cruz says. "You want to talk about a visual? I am pretty convinced that was an actual hostage video."

"Go back and look at it again," he adds. "I am virtually certain that Nancy is blinking S.O.S. as Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE is talking. They're hostage to the extreme, the radicals, to the crazies in their party and they're not listening to the American people." 

Pelosi and Schumer requested and were granted airtime on all the major broadcast and cable news networks to provide their response to the president's address after Trump received the same courtesy. 

Trump pressed his case on the need for a wall along the southern border, the funding for which is at the center of the ongoing partial government shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Friday.

The presidential address and Democratic response on Tuesday night were watched by more than 43 million people. 

For context, Trump's State of the Union address last year had more than 45 million viewers, while former President Obama's last Oval Office address, in 2014 to talk about the fight against ISIS, generated 34 million viewers.