Ted Cruz calls January 6 ‘violent terrorist attack’, angering Trump supporters

The Capitol riot on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Senator Ted Cruz is being condemned by conservatives for describing it as a violent terrorist attack.

Texas Republicans make remarks Wednesday while hearing about apparent security failures at the Senate Rules Committee that allowed a crowd of Donald Trump supporters to enter the building on January 6, 2021.

“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz said. “And this is the anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement display incredible courage, incredible bravery, risking their lives to protect the men and women who served in this Capitol. put in.

“We are grateful for that courage, we appreciate the selfless sacrifice of the men and women who keep us safe.”

Cruz, a staunch supporter of Trump, was one of eight Republican senators who voted on January 6 to object to the Electoral College results when the certification process was restarted after the attack.

as indicated by Washington ExaminerThis is not the first time that Cruz has referred to the January 6 attack as a terrorist incident.

He did so in a press release in May condemning the proposed January 6 commission, led by House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as on his podcast. Judgment with Ted Cruz on 25 January.

However, comments made on the eve of the anniversary of the attack have upset many high-profile right-wing and MAGA figures.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has consistently underestimated the seriousness of the January 6 attack and even suggested it was a “false flag” operation conducted by federal agents, called Cruz “legitimate”. “smartly” person who “doesn’t use a single word by accident,” after playing a clip of the senator’s remarks.

Carlson then scoffed at the senator’s remarks.

“Of all things January 6 was certainly not a violent terrorist attack. It was not an insurgency,” Carlson said.

“Was it a riot? Sure. It wasn’t a violent terrorist attack. Sorry. So why are you telling us it was Ted Cruz?

“What’s going on here? You’re making us think, Maybe the Republican Party is as useless as we suspected. It can’t be true. Please reassure us, Ted Cruz.”

Other conservative pundits condemned Cruz’s comments on social media.

Trump’s former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka tweeted: “I’ve been through a lot with Ted Cruz.

“What are the chances that he is the senator who told President Trump not to speak tomorrow?” Gorka wrote, in the context of the canceled press conference, Trump was about to deliver on his birth anniversary. The former president was expected to use the event to reiterate his false claims that he lost the 2020 election due to widespread voter fraud.

Right-wing commentator John Cardillo tweeted: “Ted Cruz followed Lindsey Graham and showed his true colors today”—in reference to reports that the South Carolina senator helped persuade Trump not to hold a January 6 press conference Of.

Yossi Gestetner, director of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, wrote: “Today’s video of @tedcruz that the January 6th mass trespass event violently crushed by police was a ‘violent terrorist attack on the capital’.

“The game’s over, guys. Go home and have a life. You’re wasting your time with the GOP.”

Elsewhere, Democrats are set to attend mass January 6 memorial events in Washington DC, with neither the GOP House or Senate leaders planning to celebrate the day.

Several Republican figures, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be in Georgia on Thursday to attend the funeral of former GOP Senator Johnny Isaacson, who died in December.

Cruz has been contacted for comment.

Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a Senate hearing regarding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on March 3, 2021. Some conservatives have said that his latest comments on the riot show his “true colours”.
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