(*6*)Cruz, a possible 2024 candidate who has argued he’s well-positioned for the Republican presidential nomination after ending second behind Donald Trump in 2016, additional tried to defend himself.
(*6*)“What I used to be referring to are the restricted quantity of people that engaged in violent assaults in opposition to cops. I believe you and I each agree that should you assault a police officer, you must go to jail,” Cruz stated. “I wasn’t saying the hundreds of peaceable protesters supporting Donald Trump are one way or the other terrorists. I wasn’t saying the thousands and thousands of patriots throughout the nation supporting Trump are terrorists.”
(*6*)“What you simply stated doesn’t make sense,” Carlson fired back, accusing the senator of enjoying into Democrats’ narratives. In the course of the phase, the present’s chyron learn: “TUCKER TAKES ON SENATOR TED CRUZ.” (There have been murmurs that Carlson, too, would possibly run in 2024.)
(*6*)Whereas Carlson has highlighted Cruz’s feedback twice this week, the senator’s use of the phrase isn’t new. The Texas senator launched an announcement after Congress reconvened to certify the election on Jan. 6 final 12 months, calling the day a “despicable act of terrorism.”
(*6*)The FBI defines domestic terrorism as “violent, legal acts dedicated by people and/or teams to additional ideological targets stemming from home influences, comparable to these of a political, spiritual, social, racial, or environmental nature.”
(*6*)Cruz went on to remind Carlson that he was one of many Republican senators who objected to the 2020 presidential election outcomes.
(*6*)“So in fact, it will be ridiculous for me to be saying that the individuals standing up and protesting to comply with the legislation have been one way or the other terrorists. I used to be speaking about individuals who commit violence in opposition to cops,” Cruz stated, including that he is used the phrase to explain individuals who assault cops for many years.
(*6*)“That being stated, Tucker, I agree with you. It was a mistake to say that yesterday, and the reason being what you simply stated, which is we’ve now had a 12 months of Democrats and the media twisting phrases and making an attempt to say that each one of us are terrorists. Making an attempt to say you’re a terrorist, I’m a terrorist.”
(*6*)The back and forth continued for nearly 10 minutes. At one level Carlson was exasperated, chopping Cruz off.
(*6*)“I assume I simply don’t imagine you,” Carlson stated. “And I imply that with respect.”