An anti-Trump political action committee known as Really American has unveiled plans for mobile billboards targeting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his current hometown of Houston, Texas, and one of the displays already appeared on Cruz’s own corner, according to the organization. The signage shows an image of Cruz next to the word “traitor” and calls back to the criticism that the Texas Republican has faced following his support of objections to the certification of some of Joe Biden’s electoral votes during Congressional proceedings in early January. Cruz’s promotion of his plans to object to the election outcome helped fuel the rioting at the Capitol, where Trump supporters tried to forcefully stop the results certification.
Hanging out on Ted Cruz's corner in Texas. pic.twitter.com/OzY5gysB7s
— ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) March 4, 2021
On a fundraising page, Really American said as follows:
‘Senator Ted Cruz played a critical role in riling up the domestic terrorists on January 6th by refusing to accept the results of the election, even after the attack. Rioters who broke into the Senate were quoted as saying Cruz ‘would want us to do this.’ That’s why we’re crowdfunding these billboards in his hometown in Texas to remind his voters and neighbors that Ted Cruz is a traitor and also betrayed this country. He must face consequences, electorally and under the law.’
So far, Cruz has refused to acknowledge any meaningful issue with his actions regarding the election. Originally, he called for an audit of the election results, but his call steamrolled over the fact that the election results already underwent rigorous security screenings at every meaningful level in every single state. Pretending like there was some kind of security gap around the election results was ridiculous and disconnected from the basic facts. Cruz’s self-serving stunt helped spark deadly rioting — and he refuses to take responsibility for the fact that rioters, as Really American noted, were clearly inspired by his rhetoric.
Cruz isn’t the only Senate Republican who has faced steep criticism in the aftermath of the rioting. On a similar note, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has faced pushback including calls for his resignation after he helped push the lie that the 2020 election outcome was dubious. Like Cruz, Hawley has refused to acknowledge any meaningful issue with his actions. Instead, he claims, criticism that he has faced over his rhetorical connection to deaths on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is the product of so-called “cancel culture.”