Texas Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show to apologize for calling the Jan. 6 riot a “violent terrorist attack on the Capitol” the day before.
Cruz said, “The way I phrased things yesterday, it was slopping and it was frankly dumb.”
According to Stars and Stripes, Cruz insists that he misspoke, despite having referred to the incident in this way before. He claims he was only referring to those who attacked police (Texas Tribune). “For a decade, I have referred to people who violently assault police officers as terrorists. I’ve done so over and over and over again,” Cruz said Thursday.
Cruz tweeted a clip from his appearance. His appearance comes after Carlson harshly criticized Cruz for his choice of words during a U.S. Senate committee hearing. Cruz specifically called the incident “a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement…. Risk their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol.”
Many Congressmen and women criticized Cruz for his verbiage as well. U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said, “Holy smokes. Are you surprised (Cruz) just backed down from (Carlson’s) attack on him last night for Cruz calling January 6 a ‘terrorist attack?’ Cruz folded like a card table. We know Cruz won’t defend his wife but now he won’t even defend… Ted Cruz?”
Julián Castro, former Obama administration HUD Secretary, also took to Twitter with criticism of Cruz (Newsweek). Castro said, “Ted Cruz would apologize for breathing if it meant winning over the MAGA crowd.”
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