Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is being blasted as an “insurrectionist” who should be removed from office after he was questioned on video about why he didn’t “do more” to help overturn the 2020 presidential election.
At a Thursday event in Virginia, Cruz was confronted by a woman who said she believed Trump was the true winner of the presidential election.
“Wondering why you didn’t do more to fight for President [Donald] Trump on January 6th?” she asked Cruz, to which the Senator said he led objections in the Senate against Joe Biden’s victory, but did not have the support he needed.
“But you could have done more. I mean, we all know that Joe Biden didn’t win this election,” the woman claimed. “I know in my heart of hearts that Joe Biden did not win this election.”
“I led the fight,” Cruz said after shooting an uncomfortable look to the camera. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to have the votes on the floor of the Senate.”
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) May 7, 2021
Cruz critics have capitalized on the video since it was posted on Friday by Under Current’s Lauren Winsor, presenting it as proof the Texas senator helped instigate the “insurrection.”
“[Ted Cruz] ADMITS he led the ‘Fight’ – the insurrection, the attempt to install a defeated candidate into the presidency,” actress and liberal activist Debra Messing tweeted in reaction to the video.
“There is a lot to be angry about in this,” Lincoln Project’s Fred Wellman, a longtime critic of both Cruz and Trump, added.
What great about this video is how clearly Ted Cruz wants to get away from this voter who believes all the lies Ted Cruz has been telling her and she doesn’t understand why he’s not doing more about it! https://t.co/K9kB4ssB7T
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) May 7, 2021
The look on Cruz’s face when he realizes the woman is a complete lunatic who believes everything he has been saying https://t.co/PBEuml66us
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) May 7, 2021
Cruz responded to the video in a tweet, blasting liberals’ supposed “gotcha” moment and called out the entire incident as a setup by an “undercover Leftie.”
“Hysterical: (1) Twitter Lefties think this ‘undercover’ Leftie is a real Trump supporter,” he tweeted. “(2) They think it’s a ‘gotcha’ that I ‘led the fight’–not with violence, but w/ ‘VOTES on the Senate floor.’ (3) I wanted the results audited, but we ‘didn’t have the votes in the Senate.’”
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Cruz’s “leading the fight” comment refers to his effort, along with numerous other senators, to object to the results from Pennsylvania, one of several states Trump officially lost but claimed to have won if not for fraudulent ballots.
Cruz explained through a statement at the time that his objection was not meant to “thwart” the results of the election, but rather to address concerns of citizens. The election, he argued, “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities” and those worries needed to be addressed. The objection was voted down before Congress officially certified Joe Biden’s victory.
Cruz’s objection has made him a common target for liberal activists and politicians. After he reached out to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) earlier this year on an issue they both agreed with – stopping stock trading app RobinHood blocking the buying of GameStop shares – the far-left lawmaker replied that Cruz had tried to have her “murdered.”
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