Updated at 5:05 pm with a reply from Cruz and Howley.
WASHINGTON – In extraordinarily sharp comments on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden compared Senate Ted Cruz to Hitler’s campaign boss, stopping accusing Biden Cruz of being a pro, as he presented Donald Trump’s “big lie” about election fraud. The Trump mob in the Capitol, as many Texas Democrats did.
Biden called Cruz’s attempt “shameful.”
The Texas Republican Senate led an attempt to block Congress’ certification of Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, urging widespread doubts about the fairness of the election to call for an urgent inquiry to address public concerns. Wednesday’s riot, which killed a Capitol police officer and four others, delayed the proper counting of election votes.
Bijen called on Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to recall that newspapers around the world had repeatedly exaggerated the deaths of civilians in Dresden’s shootings. Goebbels said the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed because it will be repeated.
Biden noted that Cruz, like Trump, had called into question the legitimacy and accuracy of the ballot in half a dozen states.
Missouri’s Cruz or Sen., who led the objections to delaying the ballot. When asked if Josh Hawley should resign, Biden said: “The next time they run they should be flat.”
He told reporters in Dell Wilmington: “The American public has a good, clear vision of who they are.” They are part of the big lie. The big lie. ”
Cruz responded in a tweet, saying Biden’s comments were “very sad”.
“During a period of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s calling his political opponents Nazis did nothing to unite us or encourage healing,” he wrote. “This kind of horrible discriminatory rhetoric excludes our country.”
Really sad. During a period of deep national division, President-elect Biden called his political opponents Nazis and did nothing to unite us or encourage healing.
This kind of horrible discriminatory rhetoric excludes our country. https://t.co/YMMepv1OhV
– Dead Cruz (ctedcruz) January 8, 2021
Howley also responded with a written statement.
“This is contemptuous, immature and zealous behavior from those elected by the President,” he wrote. “It simply came to our notice then. He must behave like a decent adult and withdraw these sick comments. ”
Biden did not mention Adolf Hitler, who served as Goebbels, nor did he compare Trump to the Nazi leader.
“I’m glad to hear some more major Republicans tell me that the world’s Dead Cruises are responsible for people who believe lies, not just responsible, but responsible – Trump,” the president-elect said. “But they did not say go to the Capitol, I will be with you, follow [as Trump did]. That’s a different story. ”
Conservative commentator George Will accused Cruz of treason and said he would bear a “scarlet S” for the rest of his public life.
Leading Texas Democrats Julian Castro and his brother San Antonio’s representative, Joaquin Castro, demanded that Cruz resign, as did Alexandria Ocazio-Cortez, a New York representative. Cruz provoked such talk by opponents with political opportunism, making it clear that he would not follow their advice.
Some critics accused Cruz of inciting the uprising.
El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who came close to ousting Cruz in 2018, accused him of “trying to motivate these terrorists and your self-serving attempt at treason”.
Cruz scolded Attack on the Capitol It has repeatedly called for real-time “disgraceful acts of terrorism” and for those involved to be prosecuted.
He backed his demand for an inquiry into the election irregularities, saying on Thursday that he would continue to delay the election even if he was aware of the riots and opposed Congress confirming Biden’s victory. Otherwise, he said, he would relinquish his duty, and he expressed disappointment that his argument had not received enough traction among colleagues.
“Yes. Of course,” He told KXAS-TV (NBC5). “I oppose and demand that we follow the law and the constitution.”
At the same time, once Trump’s presidency ends, his power diminishes, calling for his impeachment or removal through the 25th Amendment process, which would allow the vice president and cabinet to disqualify him, as Cruz began to remove himself from Trump more than four years ago.
“I think the president’s rhetoric and his language are out of bounds,” Cruz said. “I think it’s irresponsible. I think it’s irresponsible. … He clearly has some responsibilities.”