Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tried to take back its comments, calling the Capitol riots “a terrorist attack.” Now, he’s being taken to social media in a radical way. People are calling him “invertebrate,” One “Coward“And much worse.
Speaking to Congress earlier this week, Cruz said “we’re moving toward a great anniversary this week.”
“And this is the anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol,” he added.
His comments misled those who believed that the Capitol riot was a peaceful protest. Tucker Carlson was one of those who scratched him on coals.
On Thursday, Cruz took to Carlson’s show to apologize. As they spoke, the chyron underneath them read, “Cruz’ing for a bruise / What the hell is Ted Cruz thinking?”
Cruz began: “The way I phrased things yesterday was sloppy, and frankly silly.
Carlson interrupted him to say he didn’t believe him, and Cruz insisted people misunderstood him.
“What I am referring to is the limited number of people who engage in violent attacks against police officers,” the Texas senator said, adding: “… I am not saying thousands of people. Peaceful protesters in support of President Trump are somehow terrorists.”
Carlson still didn’t buy it. He accused Cruz of adopting liberal rhetoric about the Capitol riots. Carlson among those who spent last year try to lessen the condemnation of those who joined the failed uprising as defamation of all conservatives.
“It was wrong to say that yesterday,” Cruz insisted.
No one bought it.
“Just the worst coward imaginable,” @Marty_Shannon tweeted.
Representatives from both sides of the aisle participated in the attack on Cruz.
“Cruz folds like a playing card. We knew Cruz wouldn’t defend his wife but now he won’t even defend… Ted Cruz? Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) tweeted.
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted: “Wow @tedcruz, that’s one of the most pathetic things I’ve ever seen.”
Like CNN reporter Daniel Dale shown, Cruz called the Capitol riots a terrorist attack in multiple press releases.
Cruz also tweeted the same. Immediately after the riot, he tweeted: “Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrifying attack on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”
It didn’t take long for people to unearth the tweet.
“Ted Cruz had been calling January 6 a ‘terrorist attack’ for a year until yesterday when Tucker Carlson told him not to,” @patriottakes Quote tweeted Cruz Friday morning.
On Friday morning, CNN’s John Berman voiceover Cruz “Reek”, the name of Theon Greyjoy’s torturer on Game of Thrones gave him after castrating him and refusing to let him bathe for months.
And a Twitter trend was born.
“A senator apologizes to a propagandist. OH. #Smell,” tweeted one.
While many laugh, some don’t think the comparison to Reek is appropriate.
“Stop comparing Ted Cruz to Reek,” commented @OhNoSheTwnt. “Reek at least tried to atone for himself.”
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* First published: January 7, 2022, 11:02 a.m. CST
Claire Goforth is a Daily Dot staff writer covering all things politics and technology, with a focus on the far right and conspiracy theories.
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