The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board is calling for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to resign after he helped lead the effort to challenge the 2020 election results in Congress.
The Chronicle, which has been a vocal critic of Cruz over the years, wrote in an opinion piece Friday arguing that the senator’s actions helped fuel Wednesday’s deadly pro-Trump mob at the Capitol.
The Texas senator “knew exactly what he was doing, what he was risking and who he was inciting as he stood on the Senate floor Wednesday and passionately fed the farce of election fraud even as a seething crowd of believers was being whipped up by President Trump a short distance away,” the editorial board wrote.
The editorial board blasted what it called “Cruz’s cynical gamble,” saying he “peddled his phony concern for the integrity of our elections, he argued that senators who voted to certify Biden’s victory would be telling tens of millions of Americans to ‘jump in a lake’ and that their concerns don’t matter.”
The editorial board members then addressed Cruz directly, arguing that “those terrorists wouldn’t have been at the Capitol if you hadn’t staged this absurd challenge to the 2020 results in the first place.”
Cruz has defended his move to object to certification of the Electoral College count, saying in an interview Friday he wanted to investigate allegations of fraud in order to “reestablish widespread trust in the system.”
“What happened at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism,” Cruz said in the interview with Hearst Newspapers. “The violent criminals who attacked the Capitol should be fully prosecuted and they should go to jail for a very, very long time.”
The senator also said that President Trump’s rhetoric “certainly contributed to the violence that occurred” when the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol complex, The Houston Chronicle reported.
.@tedcruz: “What I was working to do is find a way to reestablish widespread trust in the system.”
No regrets amid growing calls for resignation: https://t.co/KOojnGbIZc
— Ben Wermund (@BenjaminEW) January 9, 2021
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