A new video released on Sunday by the New Yorker could prove to be very big trouble for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was already facing questions about his possibly culpability in helping set off the riots which rocked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and killed five people, including a member of the Capitol Police force.
The footage, shot by reporter Luke Mogelson, contains some of the most terrifying images yet of what transpired almost two weeks ago, with the Daily Beast noting:
“As the group moves on, two men hang back and continue searching the binder.
“’There’s gotta be something in here we can fucking use against these scumbags,’ one mutters to himself, ripping out a handful of loose papers and zeroing in on one. ‘This is a good one, him and Hawley or whatever. Hawley, Cruz.
“’Hawley, Cruz?’ says the second man. ‘I think Cruz would want us to do this… So I think we’re good.'”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has suggested that any member of Congress who might have aided or abetted the rioters should be charged with a crime. And the Department of Justice has indicated that if it can be proven anyone in the House or Senate took part in the rioting, it would be amenable to filing charges against them.
What makes this latest video so problematic for Cruz is that it directly suggests he inspired some of the rioters to take the actions they did, and that could also have serious political implications for the Texas Republican, who could be expelled from the Senate if two-thirds of his colleagues agree to give him the boot.
Ted Cruz has long been referred to the most hated member of the Senate. But he’s quickly becoming one of the most despised men in the country.