Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a turnaround on Thursday so quick it gave the GOP whiplash. After rightfully calling out the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol Police on Jan. 6, 2021, beating and pepper-spraying police officers who protected the lives of every member of Congress (including Ted Cruz) as having committed a “violent terrorist attack,” criticism from Trump’s most rabid supporters had Cruz on Tucker Carlson by the end of the day, groveling for forgiveness and calling his words “sloppy” and “frankly, dumb.”
Except this isn’t the first time that Cruz has referred to the crazed mob as terrorists, which is, by definition, what they are. The Oxford Dictionary defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” Trump’s supporters used violence against police officers, civilians, illegally in pursuit of Donald Trump’s political aims: to overturn a democratic election.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who sits on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and who has consistently called out the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and his own party for their unconstitutional attempts to thwart the democratic process, pointed out Cruz’a use of the term “terrorist” to describe those rioters who went to the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 the day after it happened. Ted Cruz left his principles and his spine behind him the day Trump took office, and he still doesn’t appear to have gotten it back.
Twitter had a big reaction to Kinzinger’s tweet. Read some of their comments below: