Texas Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz said that the use of the word “insurrection” to describe the events of January 6 is a “political term used by Democrats & the corporate media.”
Instead, he apparently prefers to call it a “violent terrorist attack,” as he did on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who called January 6 a “violent terrorist attack” leading up to the anniversary of the protests, now says the term “insurrection” to describe the events of that day is a bridge too far.
The comment came in response to a liberal CNN reporter who was complaining on Twitter that Fox News was not using the term during their coverage of January 6.
“The word ‘insurrection’ has not been uttered once during coverage of 1/6 on Fox this morning, other than Biden using it during his speech which the network aired, per search of show transcripts,” tweeted CNN reporter Oliver Darcy.
Cruz responded to the tweet by saying “That’s because ‘insurrection’ is a political term used by Democrats & the corporate media to try to falsely slander every Trump voter across America. It’s transparent political theater.”
That’s because “insurrection” is a political term used by Democrats & the corporate media to try to falsely slander every Trump voter across America.
It’s transparent political theater. https://t.co/YoG46ZI8bg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2022
Again, this comes immediately after Cruz compared the attacks to terrorism. National File reported:
“Thank you for your service,” Cruz said as he addressed Manger. “And I want to start by thanking the heroic service of the men and women who serve alongside you.”
“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz went on. “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 to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol.”
Many consider “insurrection” and “terrorist” to be equally hyperbolic and inaccurate terms to describe the protests, especially given that not a single person has been charged with insurrection or terrorism charges.
In fact, the words “insurrection” and “terrorism” are not mentioned in any charging document.
Last night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Cruz for using the phrase “violent terrorist attack” on the latest episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Tonight at midnight, just hours from now, we will begin the first of many annual remembrances of January 6th. pic.twitter.com/EZkV7LfpHQ
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 6, 2022
“Of all the things that January 6 was, it was definitely not a violent terrorist attack. It wasn’t an insurrection. Was it a riot? Sure. It was not a violent terrorist attack. Sorry,” Carlson said. “So why are you telling us that it was, Ted Cruz?”
“Why are none of your Republican friends, who are supposed to be representing us and all the people who’ve been arrested during this purge, saying anything? What the hell is going on here?” Carlson continued.
“You’re making us think that the Republican Party is as worthless as we suspected it was. That can’t be true! Reassure us please Ted Cruz.
While Cruz may be unable to accurately describe the events of January 6, National File also can accurately report that Cruz, who was born in Calgary, Canada, once famously ate what appears to be a booger during the 11th GOP Presidential Debate in 2016.