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After spending a day being criticized by television pundits and other conservatives for calling last year’s Capitol uprising a “violent terrorist attack,” US Senator Ted Cruz retracted his comments Thursday.
The Texas Republican has attempted to clarify his intention regarding the FOX News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, calling his own words “sloppy” and “downright stupid.” Cruz insisted that he was only referring to the rioters who attacked the police during the breach of the historic building.
“For a decade, I referred to people who violently assault police officers as terrorists. I’ve done it over and over again, ”Cruz said Thursday.
His appearance occurred a day after Carlson blasted the junior senator from Texas for his choice of words during a US Senate committee hearing Wednesday on police surveillance of the Capitol in the 2021 riot. During this hearing, Cruz acknowledged “the solemn anniversary “of what he called a” violent terrorist attack on Capitol where we saw men and women of law enforcement … risking their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol. “
The mob – made up of supporters of President Donald Trump trying to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election – attacked police and caused millions of dollars in damage to Capitol Hill. Lawmakers and staff inside hid in fear for their lives as protesters breached the building with zip ties and tactical gear.
Cruz was opposed to the certification of the results of the elections in Arizona when the Capitol was invaded. He was among several Texas Republicans who have tried to question President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump, who continues to peddle unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud.
Many conservatives have spent the past few months downplaying the severity of the attack on Capitol Hill, which left thousands injured and five dead. About 140 officers were injured and two officers involved in the response died by suicide, according to a New York Times report.
On his show Wednesday, Carlson accused Cruz of echoing Democratic talking points during today’s Senate committee hearing.
” What is happening here ? »Carlson noted. “You make us think the Republican Party may be as worthless as we thought it was. It cannot be true. Reassure us, please, Ted Cruz.
On Thursday, Cruz declared that he had asked to participate in Carlson’s show so that he could better explain himself. Cruz said he understood why people were angry with his use of the word “terrorist”, but insisted he would never use the same word that “Democrats and corporate media have so much. politicized “to describe the” patriots “who were on Capitol Hill that day protesting the presidential election results.
At the time of the violation, Cruz argued, he was asking Congress to investigate potential voter fraud under the law.
“It would be ridiculous of me to say that the people who stand up and protest to respect the law are somehow terrorists,” he said. “I was talking about people who commit violence against cops. “
Democrats and the media, said Cruz, “are trying to portray everyone as a terrorist, and that’s a lie.”
A year ago, in the Senate, Cruz said he “was not arguing for the overturning of the election results,” but opposed it because of concerns about the number of Americans believing that there had been fraud.
When the Texas Tribune asked this week whether Cruz thought the 2020 election was legitimate, his office did not respond. He also did not express his opinion on the legitimacy of Thursday’s election.
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