(ConservativePeak.com)- Beto O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2018 midterms, made the outrageous and baseless claim this week that Cruz was “culpable” for a “coup attempt” on Capitol Hill on January 6.
O’Rourke appeared to be referencing violent riots that broke out in the nation’s capital city on the day that Electoral College votes were being counted in Congress. Despite former President Donald Trump repeatedly calling for peaceful protest only, and Senator Ted Cruz never having endorsed political violence, high-profile Democrats and failed election challengers like O’Rourke have repeatedly claimed that the president and Senator Cruz were responsible for the riot.
Describing the unrest as an “insurrection” and a “coup,” Democrats allege that Senator Ted Cruz’s call for some Electoral College votes to be objected to constituted incitement of insurrection.
Speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, O’Rourke said Cruz is “just as culpable” as President Donald. Trump for “sedition” when he contested the election results based on evidence of widespread misconduct and fraud.
He once again revived a call for Cruz to resign based on the false claim.
“[U]nless we hold those responsible accountable for what they did and yes, that means Donald Trump, but it also means the junior senator from the state of Texas — who I understand is vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent and serve — when Ted Cruz helps to incite that sedition, seeks to overturn a lawfully, legitimately, democratically-decided election, he is just as culpable for the insurrection, the coup attempt, the deaths, including of Capitol police officers who were trying to defend his life and the lives of others who serve in our Capitol,” O’Rourke said.
“If these folks are not held accountable; if Ted Cruz is not expelled, he’s not forced to resign, then what you have done is you have set the precedent that it is OK to try to overturn an election, to try to overturn our government. And the proudest democracy on the face of the planet will become a memory if we do not fight for it right now. So, we should take no comfort in the fact that Joe Biden was successfully sworn in. No comfort in the fact that Congress seems to be operating as normal. This thing is on a roll right now,” he added.
The disturbing comments set a dangerous precedent. If Cruz were to be forced to resign or forced out of Congress, for objecting to Electoral College votes, then Congress would never again be able to exercise its Constitutional power to scrutinize Electoral College votes and dismiss those that were based on fraudulent elections.
O’Rourke also invoked Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
“If you look at the Beer Hall Putsch in Germany, 1923, it was 10 years later that Hitler is chancellor. We are operating under the big lie right now in America. We’ve got to stop it. That is up to all of us in this great democracy,” he said.