Senate Democrats are pushing for 2 of their Republican colleagues to resign following Wednesday’s riot on the U.S. Capitol constructing, claiming that their roles in difficult the outcomes of November’s election helped to “undermine” democracy.
“At a time of deep national division and in the midst of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, Senators Cruz and Hawley chose to undermine our democracy and feed the big lie that the election was stolen,” Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., tweeted Saturday night time. “They should resign immediately.”
Smith joins a number of different Democrats, together with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Chris Coons, D-Del.
“Both @HawleyMO and @SenTedCruz have betrayed their oaths of office and abetted a violent insurrection on our democracy,” Brown mentioned. “I am calling for their immediate resignations. If they do not resign, the Senate must expel them.”
In an interview with WBOC’s Cassie Semyon, Coons agreed with these calling for the Republicans’ exit.
“Yes, I think they should resign,” he mentioned.
Murray additionally referred to as for Hawley and Cruz to resign, claiming that “[a]ny Senator who stands up and supports the power of force over the power of democracy has broken their oath of office. Senators Hawley and Cruz should resign.”
While Hawley and Cruz have been vocal supporters of the electoral vote objections, neither one endorsed drive or violence. Both condemned the violence and mentioned that those that broke the regulation ought to face penalties.
Cruz referred to as what occurred Wednesday a “terrorist attack” and “a horrific assault on our democracy.” He referred to as for these concerned to face prosecution.
In an interview with KXAS-TV, Cruz claimed that by calling for debate within the Senate he was following correct process and by no means was concerned in violent exercise.
“What I was doing is debating on the floor of the Senate election integrity,” Cruz mentioned. “That has nothing to do with this criminal terrorist assault, which was wrong and needs to be prosecuted. It’s exactly the opposite. What I was doing is how you’re supposed to resolve issues in this country.”
Hawley additionally mentioned that “those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted.”
Fox News‘ Megan Henney contributed to this report.