Appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said his choice of words to describe the January 6th protest were “sloppy” and “dumb.”
Cruz, who has gained significant popularity among freedom-loving conservatives and Republicans, came under fire after referring to the January 6th protests at the U.S. Capitol as a “violent terrorist attack.”
The senator repeatedly referred to the protest as “terrorism.” This wasn’t a one-time incident.
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.
Back in May, Cruz released a statement that described the event as “the January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol.”
Most recently, during the one-year anniversary, Cruz said, “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week… it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol.”
After three instances, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson didn’t hold back from questioning Cruz.
“Senator, thanks so much for coming on,” Carlson began.
“There are a lot of dumb people in the Congress. You are not one of them. I think you’re smarter than I am,” Carlson said.
“And you never use words carelessly,” he continued. “And yet you called this a terror attack when by no definition was it a terror attack. That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose, and I’m wondering why you did.”
Cruz responded, “Well, Tucker, thank you for having me on. When you aired your episode last night, I sent you a text shortly thereafter and said listen, I would like to go on because the way I phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy, and it was frankly dumb.”
Carlson fired back, “I don’t buy that. I’ve known you a long time since before you went to Senate. You were a Supreme Court contender. You take words as seriously as any man who has ever served in the Senate.”
“And every word you repeated that phrase, I do not believe you that used that accidentally. I just don’t,” Carlson said.
Cruz went on to claim the comments were “a poor choice of words.”
Carlson continued to double-down by saying he did not believe Cruz.
“I guess I just don’t believe you,” Carlson concluded. “And I mean that with respect because I have such respect for your acuity and your precision.”
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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.”