It’s hard to imagine how one can walk upright without a spine, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is living proof that it can be done. After admitting for just one moment that the events of Jan. 6, 2021 constituted a “violent terrorist attack,” Trump supporters lost their collective minds, calling him a traitor. In an act of sheer cowardice, Cruz tried to walk back that statement on Tucker Carlson’s show.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 7, 2022
Ted Cruz’s rapid turnaround since 2016 has been a masterclass in capitulation. During the primary season, Trump called Cruz’s wife ugly and his father one of the masterminds behind the killing of JFK. At the Republican National Convention where Trump was named the GOP nominee, Cruz spoke but refused to endorse Trump, whom he had already called a “narcissist,” “utterly amoral,” and “a pathological liar.” Since then, Cruz has come around to praising Trump at every turn.
On January 5, 2022, Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate called the attack incited by Trump against the U.S. Capitol Building a “violent terrorist attack.” He was correct in that terminology. Insurrectionists beat and bear sprayed police officers to stop a presidential election from being certified, an act that fits the definition of terrorism to the letter.
After Trump’s supporters, including those on Fox News, spent the entire day screeching that Cruz had betrayed them, the beleaguered Texas senator appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to walk back what he had said, calling it “sloppy and frankly dumb.” Carlson ranted at him, yelling “whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t buy that!” In the end, Cruz had once again debased himself, and the internet has soundly roasted him for it.
Twitter went all in on the opportunity to lambast Cruz. Read some of their comments below: