71% of Americans don’t trust him to protect democracy
Following his leading role in an effort to overturn the presidential election results that contributed to a violent insurgency on the United States Capitol last week, a large majority of Americans do not trust Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to protect democracy, a new ABC News / Ipsos Poll find.
Of the 570 adults questioned, 71% declared that they trusted Cruz “not so much” or “not at all”, while 10% said that they trusted him “a lot”.
Cruz was one of the leaders in efforts by a small group of Republican lawmakers to delay congressional certification of the Electoral College’s confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.
A violent crowd of Trump supporters entered the United States Capitol last Wednesday as Congress was in the process of certifying the results, forcing the evacuation of the House and Senate chambers.
When the Capitol was cleaned up and lawmakers returned, a number of Republicans who had planned to oppose the results change of opinion, but Cruz and five other senators did not.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Another architect of the plan to oppose the electoral vote count, is also facing a backlash. He and Cruz face calls for resignation from all sides, including of their colleagues in the Senate.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Told NBC Meet the press Sunday that the two lawmakers were “complicit in the big lie” that the results of the November elections were illegitimate and “will pay a heavy price” for their actions and their inflammatory rhetoric.
“I don’t know how they can live with themselves,” Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, “knowing that people have died because of their words and actions. “. Manchin did not say if he thought Cruz and Hawley should resign.
Interviewed by KHOU from Houston earlier this week, if he thinks he’s responsible for the events that left five dead on Wednesday, Cruz said, “not remotely.” He added: “What I was doing and what other senators were doing is what we were elected to do, which is to debate matters of great importance in the chamber of the United States Senate. . “
Four big companies — Marriott International, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commerce Bancshares and Citibank — said on Sunday they were going to withhold donations from Republican lawmakers who challenged Biden’s certification of victory.