Since the Washington Post and NBC News released Ginni Thomas’s text messages with Mark Meadows, all sorts of Republican dirt is floating to the surface. While the full ramifications of Thomas’s involvement in trying to keep Trump in power is not yet clear, Washington Post released yet another bombshell involving Ted Cruz. While any untoward activity from Ted Cruz is not surprising, it is interesting how one who was so insulted-including insults to his wife-turned around and became one of Trump’s biggest enablers.
According to WaPo, Trump called Cruz on the evening of December 8 to request that he represent Trump at the Supreme Court for his continued failed attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Cruz, of course, agreed, with the caveat of “if the Court grants a hearing.” We now know that it did not. Even though Trump was able to pack the Supreme Court, he did not get what he wanted. Judges are bound by the law, not by “favors,” but Cruz was heavily involved in trying to help Trump no matter the price. He was one of the first to object to certification of President Biden’s victory, and he was directly involved in planning alongside Trump. WaPo alleged that plan “came closer than widely realized” to keeping Trump in office even though he had fairly lost the election.
WaPo reported that Cruz came up with a plan like that being utilized by John Eastman, Trump’s lawyer, to create a scenario in which Vice President Pence could deny certifying the election. We all know this is not true, and Cruz, who is supposed to be a lawyer, should have known better. Likely, he did, which is why Cruz’s plan did not involve Pence but instead laid out a plan whereby objections would be made to certification in the six swing states, attempting to force a delay in certification by proposing a “10-day audit” while simultaneously prodding GOP legislatures to overturn the results. Despite the riot that occurred on January 6, Cruz continued to push his ridiculous plan by objecting to certification once order was restored.
Cruz’s actions have put him in the crosshairs of the House Select Committee. What Cruz did falls squarely in line with what the committee hopes to uncover-just how involved certain members of Congress were in the ridiculous scheme to keep Trump in office. According to WaPo, had Cruz’s plan been effective, it would have created chaos and might well have allowed Trump to remain in office past his welcome. Republican Liz Cheney called the plan “dangerous” and further stated that Cruz knew exactly what he was doing: “I think Senator Cruz is somebody who knows what the Constitution calls for.” One would think. Knowing that makes Cruz just that much more dangerous. What was he thinking, and what could have possibly been his end goal? We may never know, but Cruz is yet another person who has no business being in our government. People who knowingly, willfully go against the Constitution do not need to be sitting in a place that stems from the Constitution.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years