AUSTIN, Texas — During the counting of the electoral college votes today, the Capitol was stormed in a desperate and half-baked play to overturn the election results. Our democracy will overcome the forces attempting to undermine it. Despite this effort, Joe Biden is the next president of the United States.
Today, the Texas Democratic Party is calling on Ted Cruz to resign from the U.S. Senate for acting in bad faith and subsequently inciting treasonous and seditious acts among conspiracy theorists and domestic terrorists. Texas Democrats are also calling on the Justice Department to investigate the actions that led to the violence, the role of elected officials, and specifically Ted Cruz’s involvement.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“The American people have spoken, and Joe Biden will be the next president. That is how democracy works. Countless election challenges by Trump and his allies have failed. Democrats, Republicans and independents alike have agreed that our democracy must come before any party, and the United States Congress will soon take the next step of formally ratifying the will of the American people and certifying the election results.
“Today is a shock, but not a surprise. In the weeks since Ted Cruz declared his intentions, many have warned of the devastating harm that deceitful rhetoric can and will have. Nevertheless, Ted Cruz acted in bad faith by leveraging fringe theories and blatant disinformation to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 election results and position himself in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. This is not politics as usual. This is a challenge to the foundations of our country.
“Texas Democrats call on Ted Cruz to resign from office immediately. Cruz’s actions have undermined our democracy, inspired treasonous, seditious acts, and brought shame to Texas. The tragic results of his actions will reverberate for generations. By leading the objection to the Electoral College certification, all the while knowing the devastating consequences, he has demonstrated he is not fit to serve in the U.S. Senate.
“Furthermore, the Justice Department must investigate the violence that took place in the U.S. Capitol today, and Cruz’s involvement in the matter.”