TEXAS – While it seems highly unlikely he would do so, the El Paso Times this past weekend became the third Texas newspaper to call on Sen. Ted Cruz to resign from the Senate for his part in the “Stop the Steal” campaign and his objections to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election
In a Saturday op-ed, the paper’s editorial board said Cruz must be “held accountable” for his actions ahead of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that claimed five lives. The board maintains Cruz contributed to the insurrection by contesting the certification of President-elect Joe Biden.
El Paso Times becomes 3rd major Texas paper to call for Cruz to resign. His actions contributed to “a violent uprising against the U.S. government... We call on law enforcement officials to thoroughly explore Cruz's role in inciting the insurrection.” https://t.co/b08L6ckSkH— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 17, 2021
The El Paso Times joins the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle in calling for Cruz to step down from the upper chamber.
The Times also called on law enforcement to “thoroughly explore” what it called Cruz’s part in “inciting” the riots.
The trio of Texas papers is hardly alone. Lawmakers including Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both Democrats, have called on Cruz to step down.
Cruz, for his part, has condemned the attack on the Capitol but doesn’t claim any responsibility for inciting it.
Responding to a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez calling for him and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley to resign, Cruz wrote, in part, “@AOC You are a liar. Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday. And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere.”
2/2 ...try to massively raise taxes, when you try to pass the green new deal & destroy millions of jobs, when you push for amnesty, when you try to pack the Supreme Court w/ activists to undermine our Constitutional rights...— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 7, 2021
I will fight that every step & stand with the People.