Top Democrat Says Ted Cruz Should Resign

( Other Texas congressional representatives are calling for one of their own to resign.

Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, who represents San Antonio, is saying Senator Ted Cruz should resign. Cruz was one of the Republican senators who raised objections during the Electoral College certification.

That, in part, led to a peaceful protest outside the U.S. Capitol building that soon turned violent. Protesters broke into the Capital building, incited violence and forced lawmakers to shelter-in-place and evacuate out of their chambers.

In a tweet sent Wednesday night, Castro wrote:

“@tedcruz should resign from the United States Senate immediately.”

In only two hours after it was posted, Castro’s tweet received more than 68,000 likes and was re-tweeted more than 12,000 times.

Congress was forced to adjourn its Electoral College proceedings when the protest turned into a riot at the Capitol building. Lawmakers were told to take cover, and entrances to the House and Senate chambers were barricaded.

After the situation was back under control after a couple of hours, the House and Senate continued deliberations on the objections raised to Arizona’s presidential elector count. During many speeches, other Republicans criticized the efforts of Cruz and those who were objecting to the results.

Mitch McConnell, who is seemingly serving his final few days as the Senate Majority Leader, said the continued effort to try to overturn the results of the presidential election could send U.S. democracy into a “death spiral.” He said:

“The voters, the court and the states have all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”

Mitt Romney, the Republican Senator from Utah who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, criticized those who were objecting. In a speech after things were back under control, Romney said:

“The objectors have claimed they are doing so on behalf of the voters. Have an audit, they say, to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen. Please! No congressional-led audit will ever convince those voters, particularly when the President will continue to claim that the election was stolen. The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth. That is the burden, and the duty, of leadership.”

Following the actions on Wednesday, Cruz released a middle-of-the-night statement that condemned the mob and pushed for the certification of the Electoral College vote, which was only about an hour away. He said:

“The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. Now, we must come together and put this anger and division behind us. Congress must fulfill our constitutional responsibility to complete the Electoral College certification process. We must, and I am confident we will, have a peaceful and orderly transition of power, pursuant to the Constitution.”

Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who almost defeated Cruz in an election in 2018, jumped on board attacking Cruz. She spoke directly to him when she tweeted:

“It is your self serving attempt at sedition that has helped to inspire these terrorists and their attempted coup.”