You know, it wasn’t all that long ago, 2016 to be exact, that I considered myself to be a pretty enthusiastic supporter of Ted Cruz right up until he bowed out of the 2016 presidential contest, and I fell in line behind Donald Trump. I even voted for Cruz in my state’s presidential primary that year. But it has been since then that I have become much less infatuated with him and much less eager to offer him my support. And with his recent comments regarding the events of January 6, I’ve become even more conflicted regarding my feelings toward Mr. Cruz. And his recent sophomoric attempt to walk back those remarks have done nothing to change my mind.    

Let’s be honest, once you say something like that, there’s no credible way to take it back. And it’s sad, really, because those of us who love this country and want so desperately to save it for our children already have precious few reliable allies in public office to the point where we cannot afford to lose even one. And yet, it would appear that once again I’ve been made to regret supporting a politician and made to look like a fool for ever having believed him and, worse, having voted for him. You do not call something a “violent terrorist attack” by mistake. It may have been unruly, but it wasn’t violent, it wasn’t terrorists, and it wasn’t an attack.

Throughout the day on Thursday of this week Ted Cruz had been the target of backlash, and rightfully so, for the idiotic comments he had made during a Senate Rules Committee hearing about the security lapses believed to have occurred at the U.S. Capitol that led to the riot on January 6, 2021. Cruz had described the event as being a “violent terrorist attack.” He said, “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week. 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.”

And it was during an appearance on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday, that Cruz answered for those comments, referring to them as being “sloppy” and “dumb.” It was Tucker who started things off by saying, “Senator, thanks so much for coming on.” And Tucker went on to say, “There are a lot of dumb people in the Congress. You are not one of them. I think you’re smarter than I am. And you never use words carelessly. 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 replied, “Well, Tucker, thank you for having me on.”

Cruz went on to say, “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 interrupted him saying, “I don’t buy that.” And then said, “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.” Cruz repeatedly claimed his comments were nothing more than “a poor choice of words.”

However, Carlson continued to press saying he did not believe Cruz. Look, I think it’s most folks, regardless of political persuasion, who view Cruz as being a pretty smart guy. And as such I have no doubt that he chooses his words very, very carefully. So his attempt here to somehow claim that he used “a poor choice of words” rings more than just a little hollow. Tucker said, “I guess I just don’t believe you.” And he then went on to say, “And I mean that with respect because I have such respect for your acuity and your precision.” And neither do the rest of us believe him. You can’t make such statements and expect things to just return as they once were.

If we weren’t living in such dangerous times perhaps Cruz’s attempt to play both sides of the fence wouldn’t be nearly as worrisome, or dangerous, as it is now. Cruz was happy to jump in front of the parade on January 6 to demand election transparency when there was really nothing at stake. But I haven’t seen him, or any other politician, making election security and transparency an important part of their daily routine even though elections are one of the few checks and balances left to keep government honest now that our supposed ‘mainstream media’ has flipped to become little more than a propaganda arm for the rabid left and the Democrat Party.

Garland has indicated he’s still ramping up his roundup of political enemies. The social media platforms that currently act as the public square are quickly ramping up their ban on speech and debate and the Republican base. Public schools and higher education are pushing the terrorist meme. Large multinational corporations with no allegiance to the American citizenry are flooding Washington with money and influence and are largely supporting the enemy combatant theme of the current administration.  The fact Cruz was able to repeat it so flippantly without reservation until it impacted him personally is inexplicable, probably even disqualifying.

I’m thinking that Cruz was likely convinced that President Trump would be destroyed by the left and he would then be able to just step right in and run for president. But I think any chance that he may have once had for getting to the top job just went up in a healthy cloud of smoke. Cruz was simply attempting to undercut President Trump, but it appears that he, the ‘fake news’ media, the Democrats and the RINOs seem not to have learned anything. The harder they attack President Trump, the harder they are attacking those who support him, which only serves to bring his supporters closer to him. They cannot separate Trump voters from Trump.

And Cruz was lucky to recover from his stupid reaction at the convention in 2016 when he refused to support Donald Trump when he got the nomination. I’m not surprised he backed off his previous statement calling us terrorists. I think he sees now that his stupid attempt to curry favor with the Left by making such comments has pretty much guaranteed that no Republican voter will ever vote for him now. He’s likely now blown up any chance he had for the Republican nomination. Good thing too. The last thing we need is another phony-baloney who says he’ll represent our values, and then totally cave to the Democrats the moment he’s been safely elected.


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