Over 1,000 lawyers and law students have banded together to demand the disbarment of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) after the duo’s brazen affront against democracy via their petulant insistence on objecting to some of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral votes when Congress recently met to certify the numbers. Their actions provided clear cover for a violent insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, sending top legislators fleeing for their safety and possibly lives. Cruz and Hawley pushed the false idea that the certified election outcome — meaning Joe Biden’s victory — was dubious, helping incite the violent attack on the Capitol while Congress was inside, certifying the numbers.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 9, 2021
A petition with the signatures of over 1,000 lawyers and law students reads, in part, as follows:
‘Senators Hawley and Cruz directly incited the January 6th insurrection, repeating dangerous and unsubstantiated statements regarding the election and abetting the lawless behavior of President Trump… The nation and the world watched as rioters took over the very halls and chambers that embody our democracy. Yet after the violence and terror of the day’s events, Senators Hawley and Cruz still chose to stand in the chamber of the U.S. Senate and persist in their baseless objections to the will of the people. These actions prove Senators Hawley and Cruz fundamentally unfit for membership in the legal profession.’
After the Wednesday attack on the Capitol, which is connected to five deaths, a number of Republican Senators who’d previously announced their intention to object to the certification of some of Biden’s electoral votes backtracked. Notably, that group even included Kelly Loeffler, the outgoing Senator from Georgia who recently lost her race for re-election to Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock. Nevertheless, Cruz and Hawley — along with a handful of other Republican Senators — persisted with their seditious attack on the duly documented will of the people, pretending as if the election results haven’t already undergone rounds and rounds of comprehensive verification around the country.
On Twitter, Cruz characterized the Capitol violence as a “terrorist attack” that was “a horrific assault on our democracy.” What pretense were the terrorists operating under, Ted? Whose brazenly anti-democratic rhetoric were they using as a cover for their violent assault on the Capitol? The answer, of course, is that this behavior is exactly what Republicans like Ted Cruz have been inciting since the election.