July 27, 2021

Julián and Joaquin Castro call on Ted Cruz to resign after he objected to Joe Biden’s victory just before pro-Trump rioters breached Congress

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas faced calls for his resignation Wednesday as Texas Democrats said his leading role in efforts to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory empowered the pro-Donald Trump rioters who breached the Capitol and disrupted the certification process.Texas Democrats U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and his brother Julián Castro, a former presidential candidate, asked Cruz, also a former presidential candidate, to step down on Twitter.“He has conducted himself shamelessly, and I think he has done this because he believes it’s the only way, the only chance that he has to win the Republican nomination for president,” Joaquin Castro said from the Capitol in a virtual interview with The Texas Tribune on Wednesday.The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one.Congress convened Wednesday to formally certify the November election results, which have been called safe and secure by state governments and by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Trump for months has falsely insisted that he won the election — and has turned to Cruz to make his case.The Texas Tribune’s multimedia reporter Alana Rocha spoke with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who was in lockdown Wednesday in his office with staffers.Cruz agreed last year to argue Texas’ long-shot lawsuit alleging voter fraud before the Supreme Court. But justices rejected the case.On Wednesday, Cruz led GOP lawmakers’ dispute to certify Arizona’s electoral votes. Trump encouraged his supporters to attend rallies in Washington on Wednesday and gave a speech again falsely claiming he’d been reelected before throngs of his backers later breached security and entered the Capitol, where police fatally shot a woman, according to The Washington Post.Cruz quickly denounced the rioters’ actions.Keep tabs on Texas politics and policy with our morning newsletterThe Brief newsletterKeep tabs on Texas politics and policy with our morning newsletterI agree to the terms of service and privacy policy.Browse all newsletters at texastribune.org/subscribe.“Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW,” Cruz wrote on Twitter, adding that violence is “ALWAYS wrong” and that “those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support.”But in Cruz’s hometown of Houston, leaders were not happy with him. Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote on Twitter that, “Texans should hold Sen. Ted Cruz accountable for this fiasco.”Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo echoed that sentiment.“Shame on you @tedcruz, @GOPLeader, and all who fed the false narrative about our election, which has led to what we are witnessing in our Nation’s Capitol,” Acevedo wrote on Twitter. “You fanned the flames of mistrust and history will hold you accountable for the ensuing chaos. Outrageous!”

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