The Texas Democratic Party claims that Cruz incited “treasonous and seditious acts among conspiracy theorists and domestic terrorists” through his plan to object to the certification of the Electoral College votes during its joint session this week.
In a joint press release with other senators, Cruz urged Congress to create an election commission to investigate the claims of fraud in swing states that voted in favor of Joe Biden.
“A fair and credible audit — conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20 — would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People,” stated Cruz.
Both the Texas Democratic Party and Joaquin Castro asserted that Cruz’s rhetoric and actions surrounding the election and certification process were to aid the senator in a second bid for president in four years.
“Ted Cruz acted in bad faith by leveraging fringe theories and blatant disinformation to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 election results and position himself in the 2024 Republican presidential primary,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa. “This is not politics as usual. This is a challenge to the foundations of our country.”
The state party also called on the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the violence at the Capitol and “Cruz’s involvement in the matter.”
“Ted Cruz is a highly intelligent guy. And he knows what he’s doing. And he knows that he’s wrong,” Joaquin Castro told The Texas Tribune in an interview. “He sent out a fundraising email in the last few days trying to make money for his campaign, for president no doubt in 2024, off of what’s going on. And that’s just beyond shameful. It’s dangerous.”
Joaquin Castro said that, along with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) who also objected to the certification of some states, Cruz should resign.
The representative previously criticized President Trump for the use of forces in Oregon to defend federal property during the violent Black Lives Matter protests last summer, saying, “The President should not use the pretext of protecting federal property to prevent peaceful protest. We have to stop these authoritarian actions.”
Julian Castro, Joaquin’s brother, likewise said that Cruz “should resign from the United States Senate immediately.”
Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Senate challenger in 2018, also took a jab at Cruz while the Capitol was under a lockdown.
“It is your self serving attempt at sedition that has helped to inspire these terrorists and their attempted coup,” claimed O’Rourke.
Cruz responded by accusing O’Rourke of “stoking division” and “spreading hatred.”
“Stop showing contempt for the half of the country that disagrees with you,” said Cruz. “Violence is wrong. We can do better. We are one Nation.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also called on Cruz to resign, to which the senator responded, “Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday.”
During an interview with KRTK in Houston, Cruz said that he believes “our country is badly divided right now, and I hope that there is a time of healing and coming together.”
“Where we are now, yesterday, at the end of the day, at the end of many, many hours, Congress certified the results of the election. And the consequence is Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” said Cruz.
“And we will go through a peaceful transition of power, as we have had, as we have done over and over and over again in our nation’s history. That is one of the hallmarks of our democracy and that will happen here again.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.