The Texas Republican was as soon as the sufferer of President Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Now he’s perpetuating them.
“What Donald does, when he loses, is he blames everybody else,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas mentioned of Donald J. Trump in 2016. “It’s never Donald’s fault.”Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times
- Jan. 3, 2021, 8:13 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — When Donald J. Trump misplaced the 2016 Iowa caucuses to Senator Ted Cruz, throughout a marketing campaign wherein he insulted Mr. Cruz’s spouse and father, the long run president did what he typically does after a loss: Mr. Trump falsely claimed he had received and accused his opponent of election fraud.
“What Donald does, when he loses, is he blames everybody else,” Mr. Cruz, Republican of Texas, responded at the time. “It’s never Donald’s fault.”
Four years later, Mr. Trump is struggling yet one more defeat — this time a loss by greater than seven million votes to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. — and, as soon as once more, he’s making baseless claims of fraud. But this time, Mr. Cruz is singing a distinct tune.
Instead of resisting Mr. Trump’s fictions as he did in 2016 when he claimed that he wouldn’t change into “a servile puppy dog,” Mr. Cruz is main the hassle to perpetuate Mr. Trump’s fantasy that the election was stolen from him.
“We’ve seen in the last two months unprecedented allegations of voter fraud,” Mr. Cruz mentioned on Sunday in an interview on Fox News. “And that’s produced a deep, deep distrust of our democratic process across the country. I think we in Congress have an obligation to do something about that.”
Mr. Cruz and 10 different Republican senators have proposed the creation of an election fee to analyze claims of voter fraud in sure states inside 10 days,