Tucker Carlson absolutely destroys Sen. Ted Cruz over Jan. 6 “violent terrorist attack” comments


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WASHINGTON, DC- Let’s get this out of the way. We like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). We particularly enjoy how he grills Biden’s nominees for various administration posts.

He does his homework, asks questions he already knows the answer to and usually exposes them, especially the radicals, for exactly who they are.

Ted Cruz is one of the most well-spoken and articulate members of Congress. Every word he selects is for a reason.

So imagine our surprise when Cruz came out Wednesday and referred to the January 6 siege at the US Capitol a “violent terrorist attack.” Wait, what? A “violent terrorist attack?”

“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week. And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives for the Capitol,” he said during a Senate Rules Committee oversight hearing, where Jan. 6 security failings were discussed, the Washington Examiner reported.

When we think of terrorist attacks, the image of planes flying into the two towers of the World Trade Center comes to mind.

The gaping hole in the side of the USS Cole. Thirteen American patriots killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. But “Chewbacca” guy walking into the Senate well accompanied by a US Capitol police officer? Huh?

Sure, there were a number of people who showed up at the Capitol who got carried away, who vandalized the building and yes, attacked police officers.

Those people should be (and mostly have been) charged and face justice. Still, to call it a terrorist attack? Ted Cruz?

One person died at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and that was a Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed veteran of the United States Air Force who was gunned down by a US Capitol police officer who will face no discipline for a clear violation of accepted police practices, for shooting an unarmed woman.

One can imagine that if this were not the US Capitol but rather a Black Lives Matter riot in Washington, DC, where an unarmed black woman was shot as she attempted to trespass by a white officer, cities across American would still be in flames. But calling January 6, a “violent terrorist attack?”

According to the Washington Examiner, none of this was of course lost on Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who on Wednesday night took Cruz to task for his ridiculous analogy. Carlson noted, as we did, that Cruz doesn’t use words “accidentally.” So what was going on?

Naturally, Cruz was absolutely eviscerated by conservative media and pundits after his ill-advised comments. To his credit, unlike leftists who Carlson calls out on his highly-rated “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program, such as Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and others, Cruz contacted Carlson and asked to respond to his criticism. As opposed to Democrats, Cruz was willing to go on Carlson’s program and defend his words. 

We’re not sure it worked. On Thursday night’s program, Cruz told Carlson that he had made a “clumsy mistake” in referencing the January 6 incident as a “violent terrorist attack.” Cruz referred to his statement as, “sloppy, and it was frankly dumb.”

Now, if this were a brain-dead Democrat of the ilk of Ocasio-Cortez or Swalwell speaking, one could understand the analogy of “sloppy” and “dumb,” because that’s how those two roll. But Ted Cruz? Carlson wasn’t buying it.

Carlson noted that Cruz doesn’t typically use words off the cuff or carelessly, and he pushed back on the Texas senator, “I don’t believe you used that accidentally.”

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“There are a lot of dumb people in Congress,” Carlson started out. “You’re not one of them.”

Carlson continued, “I don’t buy that…whoa, whoa, whoa…look, I’ve known you a long time since before you went to the Senate. You were a Supreme Court contender.

You take words as seriously as anyone who’s ever served in the Senate…you repeated that phrase. I do not believe that you used that accidentally.”

Cruz replied, “As a result of my sloppy phrasing, it’s caused a lot of people to misunderstand what I meant; let me tell you what I meant.”

Cruz went on to say his comments were directed at the “limited number of people who engaged in violent attacks against police officers,” and told Carlson that it should be agreed that “if you assault a police officer you should go to jail.”

Cruz said he wasn’t referring to the “thousands of peaceful protesters supporting Donald Trump are somehow terrorists,” nor the “millions of patriots across the country supporting President Trump are terrorists.”

Carlson pushed back on Cruz, saying that yes, even though those who assault police officers should go to jail, they still were not terrorists.

“Why did you use those words? You’re playing into the other side’s characterization…that allows them to define an entire population as foreign combatants and you should know that, so why did you do it?” Carlson asked Cruz.

“The reason I used that word…for over a decade I’ve been referring to people who assault police officers as terrorists…but if you look at all the assaults across the country, I’ve called that terrorism over and over again,” Cruz said.

Cruz said he agreed with Carlson, saying it “was a mistake to say that yesterday.”

“The reason I used that word is because that’s the word I’ve always used for people that violently attack cops, but in this context I get why people were angry, because we’ve had a year of the corrupt corporate media and Democrats claiming anyone who, who objected to the election fraud…”

Tucker interrupted Cruz, inferring he didn’t buy Cruz’s excuse, saying that he always respected Cruz’s “acuity and precision…I covered you as a reporter and I know how you speak…”

Carlson noted how for over a year, he’s watched people distort the events surrounding January 6, calling it an “insurrection”…a “coup” and “terrorism.”

Cruz said he has repeatedly denounced such narratives, and once again said his remarks were taken out of context, and said he fully supports freedom of speech and peaceful protest.

Carlson then turned to the fact that several people who have been identified or whose identity should be easily learned by the FBI as being active participants in the January 6 Capitol siege have not been charged, including a man named Ray Epps, whom we at Law Enforcement Today addressed in a recent piece.

Cruz noted that while he personally had no knowledge of who Epps is, he too had seen the videos of him actively encouraging people at the Capitol to violate the law, noting the crowd chanted, “fed, fed, fed” as Epps was urging people to storm the Capitol the next day, and it is implied Epps was working with or for the FBI.



Cruz went on to speak to those who have been incarcerated by the DOJ for a year and said questions to the attorney general and the DOJ have gone unanswered, despite those questions being asked by members of Congress.

Cruz also noted that just as the siege at the Capitol was getting underway, he was on the floor of the Senate questioning the results of the November 2020 election.

He posed the question of why would he be doing that if he felt those outside the Capitol exercising their First Amendment rights were terrorists. He once again reiterated that his comments were directed toward those who were assaulting police officers.

Carlson pushed back on Cruz’s characterization of those who assault police officers as “terrorists,” and Cruz once again noted that is a term he has been using for over ten years, and one he had used in the summer of 2020 when Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs were assaulting cops across the country.

“If someone assaults a cop, he should go to jail, I couldn’t agree more,” Carlson said. “But the person is still not a terrorist. How many people have been charged with terrorism on January 6? Why did you use that word? You’re playing into the other side’s characterization.”

In response, Cruz said, “For a decade I’ve referred to people who violently assault police officers as terrorists. I’ve done so over and over and over again,” he said.

“That being said, Tucker, I agree with you. It was a mistake to say yesterday, and the reason is what you just said, which is we have now had a year of Democrats and the media twisting words and trying to say that all of us are terrorists.”

In closing, Cruz acknowledged that his use of the word “terrorist” was a mistake and one he should not have used in characterizing the overall January 6, 2021, US Capitol siege.

This of course was not the first time Cruz has used the word “terrorist” to describe the Jan. 6 siege. In an episode of his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz from Jan. 25, 2021, Cruz said:

“No one anticipated a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol. We’re all on our phones, we’re seeing what’s going on, and we’re horrified as we see terrorists assaulting police officers…we see a violent assault on the Capitol, we see terrorists breaking onto the floor of the Senate chamber.”

However as we’ve seen in video, characterizing the Senate floor entry as “terrorists breaking onto the floor of the Senate chamber” is quite a bit of hyperbole, since widely shared video shows a Capitol police officer escorting the so-called “Qanon Shamon” Jacob Chansley on to the Senate floor.


To say we’re a bit disappointed in Sen. Cruz is a bit of an understatement. While we appreciate the fact that he is a fierce critic of those who assault police officers, the words he used this past week are concerning.

As Carlson mentioned, Cruz is one of the most articulate, if not THE most articulate members of the United States Senate. He doesn’t use words without intent. Perhaps his words were politically motivated because it is widely believed that Cruz is interested in running for president in 2024.

The painting of Trump supporters as ‘terrorists” can be inferred by some to transfer that definition to Trump himself. IF that is the case, perhaps Sen. Cruz was propping himself up for a 2024 run for president. But, as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said in a tweet, “The establishment will never love you, Ted.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

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