Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is facing criticism from conservatives after referring to the January 6th protests at the U.S. Capitol as a “violent terrorist attack.”
“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz began.
“And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives for the Capitol,” Cruz said.
This isn’t the first time that Cruz referred to the protest as “terrorism.”
Just days after January 6th, 2021, Cruz said, “We saw a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol. It was despicable. It was an assault on the citadel of democracy,” he added at the time.
In another statement in May, Cruz described the event as “the January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol.”
Trump supporters fired back at Cruz. “Time to elect a new Texas senator,” one person responded on social media.
“We need to create our own political party, without the Rinos,” another person responded.
Vice President Kamala Harris also suggested Jan. 6th was a terrorist attack by comparing it to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,403 Americans, and the 9/11 terror attacks, which killed 2,977.
Harris achieved the lowest approval rating for any vice president in U.S. history at just 28 percent, according to USA Today. Business Insider confirmed this is a “historic low for any modern vice president.”
On January 6th, a total of five people died.
An unarmed Trump supporter and 14-year U.S. military veteran, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by police. One person died of a drug overdose. And three people died of natural causes.
In response to Harris, Donald Trump Jr. said “she’s clearly an idiot and the most out of touch politician up to and including crooked.”
On the one-year anniversary of January 6th, Harris began, “Certain dates echo throughout history. Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault.”
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021,” she continued.
Harris said rioters were attacking “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”
“On Jan. 6 we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful: the lawlessness, the violence, the chaos,” she continued.