“I think everyone needs to calm down,” he said. “I think we need to tone down the rhetoric. This is already a volatile situation. It’s like a tinderbox with burning matches thrown into it, and I think the kind of exaggeration we see, the kind of angry language. “
He said some Democrats had accused him of “treason”.
Critics have pointed out that despite repeated unsupported fraud allegations by President Donald Trump, every state has confirmed its findings – some after full recount – and that dozen of court decisions have confirmed the validity of Biden’s November 3rd victory. We have also found that Republicans are selective when it comes to challenging results and claim fraud in certain Biden-winning states, but not in downballot races that Republicans have won in those states.
“A fundamental defining characteristic of a democratic republic is the right of the people to choose their own leaders,” said Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Who has recognized Biden’s victory in his state and nationally.
Separately, Cruz said he had doubts that the election was legitimate.
“We went into this election with the country that is deeply divided and deeply polarized,” said Cruz on Sunday, “and we have seen unprecedented allegations of electoral fraud in the past two months, and that has a deep, deep distrust of ours democratic process. ” across the country. I think we in Congress have an obligation to do something about it. We are obliged to protect the integrity of the democratic system. “
He also said he wished the Supreme Court, which twice refused to hear the challenge to Biden’s election, had agreed to settle the matter – and that Trump asked him to argue in the nation’s highest court.
“I wish the Supreme Court had taken this case up,” said Cruz. “There were two ways to take this case. One from Pennsylvania, one from Texas, and in both cases the lawyers asked me to discuss those cases, so President Trump called me about the Texas case and said, “Ted, would you have the hearing in If the court it accepts? “I said to the President,” Anyway, I would like to. “I wish the court had accepted one or both of these cases. I think the Supreme Court would be a better forum for solving these problems. “
Cruz said it was not an ideal thing for Congress to question the election results, but it was better than just accepting the results. “Honestly, two pretty bad decisions,” he said.
For the GOP Congress challenge to be successful, the House and Senate would have to vote against certification when the results of the electoral college are presented in a joint congressional session chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. Although Republicans can delay Biden’s certification by a few hours – questioning the results would lead to debate in both the House and Senate, then a vote – their efforts are almost certainly doomed. Democrats hold a majority in the House of Representatives, and several leading Republicans in the narrowly divided Senate have made it clear that they will not be voting to support the GOP challenge.
Asa Hutchinson, Republican governor of Arkansas, said on CBS ‘Face the Nation on Sunday, “I think it’s a bit of a Don Quixote caring about windmills. I think it’s designed – it sure will fail. Joe Biden is our President-elect and is sustained in that capacity. “
Some Senate Republicans – including Toomey, Mitt Romney from Utah, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and Ben Sasse from Nebraska – have loudly condemned the challenge, calling it a threat to the rule of law. “The tremendous trick of turning down voters can increase the political ambition of some, but it dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” Romney said in one Explanation. And on Sunday afternoon a group of Republican members of the House issued a statement viewing it from a state perspective that “only states are empowered to appoint voters under state law” and that Congress would interfere with that right “to steal power from the people and the states. “
Another Republican who pledged to reject the election results, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, argued with host Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday about the legitimacy of the crisis that Republicans are now claiming to end.
“You have to ask yourself, if you tell people a million times that something has been stolen or betrayed and they believe it, I think that you have to look in the mirror,” Todd told him.
“Chuck, look in your mirror,” Johnson replied.
Other Senate veterans looking to question the Biden win include Josh Hawley from Missouri, Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee, Mike Braun from Indiana, Steve Daines from Montana, John N. Kennedy from Louisiana, and James Lankford from Oklahoma. Four more are newly elected: Bill Hagerty from Tennessee, Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming, Roger Marshall from Kansas and Tommy Tuberville from Alabama. The leaders of the pro-Trump challenge in the House of Representatives include representatives Mo Brooks from Alabama, Jody Hice from Georgia, Jim Jordan from Ohio and Andy Biggs from Arizona.
Currently, Biden is expected to receive 306 votes for the electoral college and Trump 232 votes.