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Ted Cruz decries “Democrats' violence” because of his failed violent GQP insurrection

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The usual Cruz hypocrisy, the pot calling the kettle violent. Because the final term of Ted Cruz will feature more nonsense serving corporate energy interests among other contradictions. He’s flailing about today with the latest nominees for DoJ, among other fake outrage. It’s an old tactic, because Cruz loves stirring up the other chamber with little accountability because he believes he can lead their GOP members in the absence of the previous guy, riffing on white performative outrage against Maxine Waters.

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— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 22, 2021

“It's not like this guy is some peaceful prophet of gentility. This is the man who wants to do unspeakable things to books that say mean things about him, asking his supporters to vote on whether we machine-gun John Boehner's book, take a chainsaw to it or burn the book and light cigars. Where does that rank on the they-are-tearing-us-apart meter?”

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— Salon (@Salon) April 21, 2021

With the defense having rested in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Rep. Maxine Waters of California was asked how “justice for George Floyd” activists will response if Chauvin is found not guilty. And the congresswoman called for a vocal response if that happens, saying, “We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to let them know that we mean business.” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was among the far-right Republicans who claimed that Waters was advocating violence — and CNN's John Berman called Cruz out and reminded viewers of the ways in which the Texas senator's false claims of widespread voter fraud encouraged the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building.

On CNN's “New Day,” host Berman explained, “She didn't say what type of confrontation. Still, this is not the language that business owners in Minneapolis want to hear or that people calling for calm, including the president or the family of George Floyd (want to hear).”

But he went on to explain why Cruz is the last person who should be accusing a congresswoman of overly incendiary rhetoric.

Berman told viewers, “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called it incitement of violence and said he will take action if Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not. But this is how Ted Cruz chose to respond in a tweet: 'Democrats actively encouraging riots and violence, they want to tear us apart.' That's Ted Cruz of the not accepting the election results before or after the insurrection Cruzes, which might lead one to wonder if this a case of the pot calling the kettle violent.”

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there are six sitting senators who objected to the electoral college count, even after the insurrection:

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Since Jan. 6 riot, @tedcruz has spent $126k in campaign cash on private security, more than almost anyone else in Congress

Ironism:

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— The Hill (@thehill) April 22, 2021

Episode Notes

The country remains divided over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The division is reflected in voter surveys, news coverage, and millions of social media posts. But the tension is also on display in small, idiosyncratic communities where residents realized some of their own were at the Capitol attack and may have cheered it on.

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— Slate (@Slate) April 22, 2021

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— Earl J “Guilty on all counts” Llama (@EarlLlama) April 21, 2021

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“Every billionaire is a policy failure”

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— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 22, 2021

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