7 Senators call for investigation into Ted Cruz’s role in Capitol riotsPosted by Annie May / January 24, 2021
Newspapers from Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso have all called on Senator Ted Cruz to resign. The El Paso Times editorial board wrote that it knew Cruz wouldn’t resign, but it nevertheless resignation was the right thing to do. In the immortal words of Al Franken, “Here’s the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz. I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz.”
The Republican Party is facing a reckoning following the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. One member of the party, a former Oklahoma congressmen, has left the party, calling it a “cult.” CNN, meanwhile, is accusing the GOP of being an empty shell of itself and suggesting that it stood for nothing.
The backlash against the GOP is anything but surprising after the mob of right-wing rioters stormed and briefly occupied the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which Donald Trump once more claimed to have been the victim of a rigged election. Six of those rioters were were Republican lawmakers, meaning six Republican lawmakers were part of an insurrection against the United States of America. Let that sink in for a moment. What’s worse, they don’t even see anything wrong with that.
Earlier this week, Louie Gohmert, a Congressman from Texas, has suggested that “violence on the streets is last resort for Trump supporters who hope to get their man in office despite his loss in a, you know, legitimate election.
Security experts have warned that the right-wing embrace of conspiracy theories represents mass radicalization, a claim borne out following the dramatic events after the election, QAnon supporters have vowed to leave the GOP, possibly forming a party of their own. Many of the mob involved in the violence at the Capitol were wearing QAnon logos or holding up Q-related signs.
During the election, A 20-year-old voting contractor in Georgia is facing death threats after a QAnon influencer orchestrated a campaign against him. Trump, meanwhile, is fanning the flames by posting long, rambling tirades on Facebook that include the same charts and graphs that QAnon uses.
Two armed Virginians were arrested in Philadelphia for trying to deliver fake ballots. They had QAnon paraphernalia in their car.