Ted Cruz belatedly realizes that you can’t call the participants in the Capitol protests “terrorists” without pissing off a lot potential voters. From Steve Watson at summit.news:
Tucker Carlson tells Cruz he’s “not buying it”
After encountering a huge backlash from conservatives for describing the events of January 6th 2021 as a “violent terrorist attack,” Senator Ted Cruz apologised and admitted that his language was “dumb” and “sloppy”.
Cruz appeared on Tucker Carlson’s evening show Thursday, apparently at his own request, and attempted to back track on what he said, claiming that he’d been referring to attacks on police.
Carlson said to Cruz “There are a lot of dumb people in the Congress. You are not one of them. I think you’re smarter than I am. And you never use words carelessly. And yet you called this a terror attack when by no definition was it a terror attack. That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose, and I’m wondering why you did.”
Cruz responded “When you aired your episode last night, I sent you a text shortly thereafter and said listen, I would like to go on because the way I phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy, and it was frankly dumb.”
Carlson interjected, urging “Look, I’ve known you a long time. Since before you went to the Senate, you’re a Supreme court contender. You take words as seriously as any man who’s ever served in the Senate. And every word you repeated that phrase. I do not believe that you use that accidentally. I just don’t.”
I watched this as it occurred. As I did, the following “thought” occurred to me – out of the blue.
When newly-appointed Justice Robert’s issued his famous ruling on the “Constitutionality” of Obamacare, a good friend and I were dumbstruck. I immediately remarked that someone must be in possession of a picture of Robert’s with a woman or a young boy!
The seeming utter incompetence displayed by many otherwise “influential” Republican conservatives remains bewildering. Yes, yes, I know that their acceptance of their adversary’s moral premises logically and consistently undermines their claimed values, but as I listened to Cruz and Carlson, it again occurred to me that could someone have a picture of Cruz as well? Could “the narrative” also be controlled by forces not seen as well as those embarrassingly real? Forces that are not interested in whether Cruz or a Democrat opponent wins an election, but interested in far more important concerns – concerns reinforced by motivation to assure that Cruz, in this case, labels Trump-supporters as “terrorists.”
How else, for example, are the Republican “leaders” seemingly silent on the two men seen in the Jan 6 videos urging the crowd to further riot? One, Ray Epps, and another whose identity remains unknown? Both remain “at large” in spite of the unprecedented “manhunt” for “insurrectionists!”
If the above admitted speculations have merit, then Carlson best beware. You can’t have such people discussing the obvious with the oblivious without the approval of the insidious.
Your last sentence is a gem.