Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are “complicit in the big lie” and “have a lot to do” regarding their attempts to overturn the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, a Senate Republican colleague said on Sunday, amid growing calls. of the two men to resign or be censored.
Republican objections to the electoral college results failed. But Cruz and Hawley were prominent among 147 representatives and senators who backed the overnight effort on Wednesday, even after a mob incited by the president attacked the US Capitol.
Five people, including a police officer, died amid the chaos, in which lawmakers were apparently targeted in planned kidnappings.
The riot has fueled calls for Trump’s resignation, as House Democrats prepare articles of impeachment. Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey became the second Republican senator to say that the president had committed objectionable crimes and that he should “resign and leave as soon as possible.”
Toomey did not ask Cruz and Hawley to resign, although he said that “they were going to have to do a great examination of conscience and the problem is that they were complicit in the great lie, this lie that Donald Trump won the election in an overwhelming way.” and everything was stolen.
“They compounded that with this notion that somehow all of this could be reversed in the final moments of congressional proceedings. So that, that will be, that will haunt them for a long time. “
On CNN’s State of the Union, he added: “They are going to pay a very high price for this. I think your reputation has suffered. He has seen the kind of backlash in the media in his home states, so his constituents will decide the final way to adjudicate this. “
The Democrats huddled. On Saturday, Sherrod Brown, a Democratic senator from Ohio, called for the “immediate resignations and said they had “betrayed the oath of office and incited a violent insurrection in our democracy.”
“If they don’t resign,” he added, “the Senate must expel them.”
Patty Murray of Washington, Chris Coons of Delaware and Tina Smith of Minnesota were among other Democrats who called for Cruz and Hawley to leave.
On Sunday, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin told CNN: “Whether or not they should quit, I don’t know. [but] How can they live with themselves knowing that people have died because of their words and actions? “
Hawley of Missouri was the first senator to say he would object to the election results. He has condemned the Capitol violence, but he was also photographed raising a clenched fist towards Trump supporters. He has defended his actions and condemned the decision of its publisher, Simon and Schuster, to cancel an upcoming book.
Hawley also objected to criticism from Joe Biden, which Toomey echoed on Sunday. The president-elect invoked Hitler’s propaganda minister, saying the senators were “part of the big lie… Goebbels and the big lie. You keep repeating the lie, repeating the lie. “
Cruz, from Texas, also condemned the violence and objected to Biden’s comparison. He has rejected calls for his resignation, including from the Houston Chronicle, saying he has no regrets.
“What he was working to do is find a way to restore widespread trust in the system,” he said in his hometown newspaper.
Other Republicans backtracked on their planned objections after the Capitol violence. Manchin told CNN that he admired those who put the “constitution above their own political preferences and their own political ambitions.”
On Sunday, Guardian columnist and former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote that Cruz and Hawley “should be forced to resign.”
“Knowing that Trump’s election fraud allegations were false,” he wrote, the two Republicans “led the move to exclude Biden’s constituents, even after the Capitol storming, which lent credence to Trump’s claims.
“The United States constitution says ‘no person shall be a senator or representative in Congress’ who ‘has engaged in an insurrection or rebellion against’ the constitution ‘, or has provided aid or comfort to his enemies.’
“Both Cruz and Hawley are seeking to run for president in 2024. They should be barred from running.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism