Ted Cruz: ‘The President’s Language and Rhetoric Crossed a Line and It Was Reckless’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 8, 2021 | 2:45pm EST
(Photo by Jonathan Newton-Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Newton-Pool/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) said on Thursday--in an interview with Tom Abrahams of ABC13 in Houston that talked about rioters breaking into and vandalizing the U.S. Capitol--that President Donald Trump’s “language and rhetoric had crossed a line.”

“I agree with you that the president’s language and rhetoric often goes too far,” said Cruz.

“I think yesterday, in particular, the president’s language and rhetoric crossed a line, and it was reckless. I disagree with it,” Cruz said. “And I have disagreed with the president’s language and rhetoric for the last four years, and have said so many, many times.”

“Yesterday, at the end of the day, at the end of many, many hours, Congress certified the results of the elections and the consequence is Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” said Cruz.

“And we will go through a peaceful transition of power, as we have had, as we have done over and over and over again in our nation’s history,” he said.

“That is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And that will happen here again,” said Cruz.

Here are excerpts from Cruz’s interview with Tom Abraham’s of ABC 13 in Houston:

Ted Cruz: “The terrorist attack on the Capitol was despicable. Those criminals who attacked the Citadel of democracy, that was a horrific thing for our nation. And every one of those terrorists who committed that attack need to be prosecuted—fully prosecuted—they need to go to jail for a very long time. …

 “I agree with you that the president’s language and rhetoric often goes too far. I think yesterday, in particular, the president’s language and rhetoric crossed a line, and it was reckless. I disagree with it. And I have disagreed with the president’s language and rhetoric for the last four years, and have said so many, many times.

“If you look to what I have said, you will not find me using the same language or rhetoric. What I have said is that serious claims of illegality need to be considered, they need to be adjudicated, they need to be considered fairly based on the facts and on the evidence.”

“Yesterday, at the end of the day, at the end of many, many hours, Congress certified the results of the elections and the consequence is Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. And we will go through a peaceful transition of power, as we have had, as we have done over and over and over again in our nation’s history. That is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And that will happen here again.”

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