Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley incited, in plain sight for all to see, a deadly domestic terrorist attack against the U.S. Capitol and the highest elected leaders in the United States. They must face consequences.
To that end, Senate Democrats have just filed a letter with the Senate Ethics Committee to launch an ethics probe into the actions of Cruz and Hawley. Keep in mind that Senate committees are now controlled by Democrats, so this probe will happen. The letter specifically refers to expulsion as the remedy.
Here’s the thing. Expulsion requires a two-thirds majority, and we have no idea if there are going to be seventeen Republican Senate votes to expel Cruz and Hawley. The GOP makes these decisions based on money, so it may come down to how badly Cruz and Hawley continue to hurt the party’s corporate donations.
But Republican Senators are going to face a no-win choice. They can suffer the embarrassment of having to expel two of their own members for incitement of insurrection. Or they can choose not to expel Cruz and Hawley, and when they’re up for reelection themselves, they’ll have to answer to voters about why they refused to hold Cruz and Hawley accountable.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report