Ted Cruz walks back Jan. 6 'terrorist' remark in heated exchange with Tucker Carlson

“You told that lie on purpose, and I wonder why you did that,” said Carlson.

Cruz, a potential 2024 candidate who has argued that he is well positioned for the Republican presidential run after finishing runner-up to Donald Trump in 2016, kept trying to defend himself.

“What I was talking about is the limited number of people who have perpetrated violent attacks on police officers. I think you and I agree that if you attack a police officer, you should go to jail, ”said Cruz. “I did not say that the thousands of peaceful protesters who support Donald Trump are somehow terrorists. I didn’t say the millions of patriots across the country who support Trump are terrorists. ”

“What you just said doesn’t make sense,” Carlson fired back, accusing the Senator of starring in Democratic narratives. During the segment, the show’s chyron read: “TUCKER ACCEPTS SENATOR TED CRUZ.” (There were rumors that Carlson could also run in 2024.)

While Carlson referred to Cruz’s comments twice this week, the Senator’s use of the word is not new. The Texas Senator issued a statement after Congress convened again on January 6 last year to confirm the election. called the day a “hideous act of terrorism”.

the FBI defines domestic terrorism as “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and / or groups in order to promote ideological goals derived from domestic influences, for example political, religious, social, racial or ecological in nature”.

Cruz reminded Carlson that he was one of the Republican senators who objected to the 2020 presidential election results.

“Of course it would be ridiculous if I said that the people who stood up and protested to obey the law were somehow terrorists. I’ve talked about people who commit violence against police officers, ”Cruz said, adding that he has used the word for decades to describe people who attack police officers.

“Besides that, Tucker, I agree with you. It was a mistake to say that yesterday, and the reason is what you just said, which is that we have now had a year where Democrats and the media twisted the words and tried to say that we are all terrorists . If I try to say that you are a terrorist, I am a terrorist. ”

The back and forth took almost 10 minutes. At some point, Carlson was upset and interrupted Cruz.

“I think I just don’t believe you,” said Carlson. “And I mean that by respect.”

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