In a new poll conducted and released by the firm Data for Progress, a majority of respondents — all of whom were from Texas — said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) should immediately resign following his part in inciting the January 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol. In the poll, 51 percent of Texans overall said that Cruz should immediately resign, and 49 percent said that he should not resign. As for the party affiliation breakdown of respondents, a full 88 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents, and 21 percent of Republicans said that Cruz should immediately resign. (As for that last number, Cruz doesn’t appear to enjoy quite the level of intraparty popularity that Trump often had in office.)
NEW TX POLL: A majority of Texas voters (51%) — and 52% of Texas Independents — support Ted Cruz’s resignation following his role in inciting the January 6th insurrection.
— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) February 2, 2021
Ahead of the recent Capitol rioting, Cruz helped push the brazen lie that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was dubious, and the rioters used this idea as a pretense for their actions. While at the Capitol, the frenzied mob of Trump supporters attempted to forcibly stop the Congressional proceedings to certify the electoral college outcome and Biden’s victory, where Cruz had previously announced that he would raise a formal objection. Even after the mob stormed the building and threatened the lives of members of Congress, Cruz voted against certifying some of Biden’s electoral votes. He wouldn’t let go of the delusion.
Cruz insisted that the presidential election results should have been subjected to an audit, which is ridiculous — in every single state, presidential election results already underwent comprehensive security screening at every meaningful level. In Georgia alone, authorities tabulated every single ballot three times, and similar rigorous security measures were employed elsewhere. The federal Departments of Justice and Homeland Security were also involved, and neither department — even while led by Trump’s own team! — found any legitimate evidence supporting the idea of widespread fraud. Suggesting that there was some kind of meaningful gap in the security screenings surrounding the election results is utterly ridiculous.
Cruz isn’t the only Republican Senator who helped lead the fight against the election outcome, and one of his allies, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), has also faced widespread calls for his exit from Congress. Neither Cruz nor Hawley have admitted any wrongdoing.