Carlson: “I don’t buy that. Whoa?, whoa, whoa. I don’t buy that. … You take words as seriously as any man who’s ever served in the Senate. … I do not believe that you used that accidentally. I just don’t.”
It went on like that for a while but you get the gist: Cruz was groveling at Carlson’s feet in hopes of getting on the right side of the Trumpers.
Let’s take a step back here and remember what happened on January 6, 2021.
A large group of people — many of whom had come to Washington to attend the “Stop the Steal” raccolta — stormed the US Capitol. To do so, they broke through a variety of barricades, brutalized multiple police officers, vandalized the Capitol building and generally caused chaos. They did so in hopes of stopping the formal counting of the Electoral College votes because they believed (contra facts) that Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden in the 2020 elezione.
People died that day and in the weeks that followed
. Hundreds of police officers were wounded
. Più di 700 persone have been charged for their role in the insurrection
Adesso, consider the definition of terrorism
, secondo il Code of Federal Regulations
: “The unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government
, the civilian population
, or any segment thereof
, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
Quale, bene, suoni Esattamente what happened on January 6, destra?
Così, Cruz calling it a
” attack was neither
“troppo liquido” nor
” It was accurate
. E as CNN’s Daniel Dale noted
, Cruz said it multiple times in official statements in
Why would Cruz sprint away from that position in his interview with Carlson
? Because Cruz understands that if he wants to run for president again in
2024 (o 2028), he can’t be seen as adversarial to the Trump base
. (Cruz already poked that bear once when he refused to endorse Trump from the stage at the
2016 Republican convention.
And Cruz also knows that Carlson is hugely powerful and influential among that group. Carlson, put simply, has more sway over the Trump base than Cruz, a sitting US Senator, does. Way more.
Cruz’s attempt to scamper back under the Trump tent is rightly understood as a recognition by the senator that he is beholden to the likes of Carlson and Trump, that there is no path to a Republican presidential nomination that doesn’t include being on Carlson’s good side.
While Cruz’s backpedal is probably a political necessity, it’s both hugely embarrassing and deeply revealing about who has the power within the Republican party.