How Ted Cruz, Louis Gohmert, other GOPers undermine electoral confidence

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When a federal court withdrew the US repeal. Louis Gohmert’s far-right lawsuit, with Vice President Mike Pence challenging Joe Biden’s legitimacy as a presidential election, appeared to be proposing violence in a Texas Republican response.

“Actually, the ruling would be that you could go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa [Black Lives Matter], He told the newspaper last Friday, a hyperperceptionist, pro-Donald Trump media company, Newsmax.

The comments drew quick criticism that Gohart was advocating violence, which he said Later refused. US Rape Debbie Wasserman Shultes, a Florida Democrat, called for a formal congressional shutdown. “We live in a time where words can hurt and harm people’s livelihoods and their lives,” Wasserman Schuttle said at a news conference covered by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Less than a week after Gohmer’s comments, crowds of Trump supporter rioters clashed with police, broke down the walls of the US Capitol, and violently made their way to the lawmakers’ offices and floors of the House and Senate . The rebellion occurred on the same day that Trump again falsely claimed at a rally in the nation’s capital that he had won a second term.

Gohart was among several Republican political leaders in Texas who condemned the violence before and after the 2020 election, without adding both to their rhetoric.

Texas lawmakers and elected officials have fronted baseless lawsuits, seeking to dismiss election results in states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. At the forefront of such a long-standing legal challenge was Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who pleased both Trump supporters and the president himself.

On Wednesday morning, Paxton spoke at a Trump supporter rally in Washington DC

“We have a fighter in President Trump. And I think we’re all here, “Paxton told attendees on Wednesday morning. “We will not stop fighting. We are Texans, we are Americans, and the fight will continue. “

Rioters storm the Capitol, Paxton after pro-Trump Tweeted He did not believe that violence was the answer. Republican US Sen. Ted Cruz, who is leading the charge in the Senate to object to some electoral college votes, echoed that sentiment.

“Those attacking Capitol now need to stop,” he said Wrote on Twitter. “The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence – from the left or the right – is always wrong. And the people involved in the violence are saying the reason for their support. “

The day before on the campaign trail in Georgia, Cruz tried to rally voters to hold a Republican majority in the Senate.

“We won’t go quietly at night,” said Cruz. “We will protect freedom.”

As Krause and Gohmert’s colleagues had their offices in place and were wearing gas masks on Wednesday afternoon, the longtime representative of the First Congressional District of Texas struck a different tone after his failed trial.

“please; Not violence. It only hurts our cause, “Gohart Tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Those who charge like a yellow man with communist hammer and sickle tattoos: Preventing violence also applies to you.”

Some Texas Democrats, local leaders, and some left-leaning organizations in the state responded to the violence by criticizing their Republican allies, notably Cruz.

Beto O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Cruz for his Senate seat in 2018, accused Trump supporters of provoking Cruz on Twitter for “flirting with a self-serving effort”.

But Cruz immediately countered with his own accusations that O’Rourke was “using malicious rhetoric (such as ‘false and reckless accusations of treason'”) to partition.

Cruz previously condemned those who criticized him for launching his challenge to Wednesday’s vote, saying he used “angry language”.

“I think everyone needs to calm down,” Cruz told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News on Sunday morning. “I think we need to make a statement. This is already a volatile situation “

US Rape Joaquin Castro and his brother Julian Castro, a former presidential candidate – both Texas Democrats – called for Cruz to resign.

Val Benavid, president of the Freedom Network of Texas, said in a statement, “The only thing that makes violent attacks on our democracy and our Constitution worse is that our state’s two largest elected officials thwarted their plot Helped. ” “He has shown the way to treason by promoting confidence in our democracy to promote his personal and political agenda. Doing so is particularly frightening when it incites violence from those who wish to participate in a legal election. “

But it was not just Democrats who were important on Wednesday.

“Wishing this day as a day of racking up, it will be a big win,” Republican’s Dan Crensch of Houston reported on Wednesday evening. “So many people said, ‘This will be the last stand.’ .. ‘This is our 1776.’ When you use that kind of language, you shouldn’t be surprised when people believe that.”

Former President George W. Bush, a Republican from Texas, laid siege Wednesday.

“It is disputed election results in a banana republic – not our democratic republic,” he said in a statement. “I am surprised by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions and our law enforcement.”

The Texas GOP, who has been a staunch supporter of Trump, also said on Twitter that it condemned the violence in Washington, after the DC party removed its Sergeant-at-Arms, Walter West II, as he Was supporting the attacks. At the nation’s capitol building. “You accepted ANTIFA to burn your cities … now deal with them to take back our house!” He wrote a picture of the protest on Facebook as a caption.

Two days ago, Texas GOP President Alan West said in a weekly message that if Americans cannot trust the electoral process, “we cannot keep this republic.”

“Americans are watching on January 6 – this Wednesday – for those who will stand in opposition and say to the Gods who want to weaken our national election: ‘Come and take it!” they wrote.

Alan West did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As the protests continued into the afternoon, Paxton continued to share claims on social media. He alleged on Twitter that the commuters in the Capitol were not actually Trump supporters, but did not provide any information to support the claim. Many of the rioters wore hats with Trump’s campaign slogan, wearing a T-shirt calling the other president for the ousted president, and bearing flags in his name.

As lawmakers prepared to restart the vote on Wednesday evening to certify the election results, at least one Texas lawmaker said he was “disgusted” with the siege – but he nonetheless passed the certification. Planned to protest.

“Yes, of course, I’m still objecting,” US Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, Said on Twitter.

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