Politics: 'Sloppy' wording this week? Ted Cruz actually called the Capitol assault a terrorist attack at least 17 previous times

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Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed Wednesday the January 6 protest of the 2020 election on Capitol Hill last year was “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week . And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Cruz has defined the violent protests on Capitol Hill as terrorism before. It was an assault on the citadel of democracy.” In a May statement opposing a Senate committee to

On Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was challenged by Fox News host Tucker Carlson over remarks in which he described the Capitol storming on January 6 as a “violent terrorist attack .” Cruz , speaking on the senate floor, had condemned those who stormed the Capitol building and honored law enforcement officials’ “incredible courage” during a hearing with US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger on Wednesday. Interviewing the senator live, Carlson said: “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.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said at a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday that the next day was the "anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger during a Senate Rules and Administration Committee oversight hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP) © Tom Williams/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger during a Senate Rules and Administration Committee oversight hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

Cruz's description of the January 6, 2021, assault as a "terrorist attack" was promptly criticized by some others on the right -- including Fox host Tucker Carlson, who is an influential figure in Republican politics. So in a remarkable moment on Thursday, Cruz went on Carlson's show to try to depict his Wednesday words as a careless slip.

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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 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.

Ted Cruz says it was 'a mistake' to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot a 'violent terrorist attack ' on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' He told Carlson, "It was a mistake to say that yesterday." During a Wednesday Senate Rules Committee hearing, Cruz said, "We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week … And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol , where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery — risk their lives for the Capitol ."

Cruz claimed, "The way I phrased things yesterday -- it was sloppy and it was frankly dumb."

Carlson immediately interjected to say, "I don't buy that," noting that Cruz is known to be a precise speaker.

Cruz insisted he had used "sloppy phrasing," saying he meant to accuse of terrorism only people who committed violence against police officers. Cruz continued, "It was a mistake to say that yesterday." But Carlson reiterated that he didn't believe that Cruz made an inadvertent error.

Nobody should.

Cruz's use of "terrorist attack" was not some sort of one-time accident. In fact, he had described the Capitol riot as a terrorist attack or broadly described rioters as terrorists over and over for months -- at least 17 previous times in official written statements, in tweets, in remarks at Senate hearings and in interviews.

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Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Wednesday described the Jan. 6 riot as “a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol ,” GOP strategist Karl Rove urged Republicans nationwide to reflect on the first anniversary and show their patriotism by offering “no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the 6 in a Senate Rules Committee hearing. “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week ,” he said. “And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the

CNN asked Cruz spokesman Steve Guest how Cruz's claim that his "terrorist attack" phrasing on Wednesday was "sloppy" is compatible with the senator's numerous past uses of the exact same phrasing. Guest emailed a response that disparaged CNN and other media outlets but did not provide an explanation.

January 7, 2021, official statement: The day after the Capitol was stormed, Cruz issued a written statement in which he said, "The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. The Department of Justice should vigorously prosecute everyone who was involved in these brazen acts of violence." Cruz also tweeted out the statement -- and repeated the "despicable act of terrorism" language in the tweet.

January 7, 2021, interviews: Cruz gave a series of interviews to Texas television stations in which he repeatedly described the events of the day prior as a "terrorist attack."

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GOP Senator Ted Cruz appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Thursday, to defend comments he made about the January 6th attacks on the Capitol building. Leading up to the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack , Cruz had described the incident as, “An anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol .”

"What happened yesterday in Washington was horrific. It was a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol. It was despicable. It's a dark day in our nation's history when terrorists can assault the citadel of democracy," he told NBC 5 of Dallas-Fort Worth.

"We saw a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol, it was despicable, it was an assault. And every one of those violent criminals who attacked the Capitol, they should be fully prosecuted," he told CBS19 of the east Texas city of Tyler, CBS19 reported. "We saw a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol."

"I do think it's really cynical for them to be trying to take advantage of what was a tragic event that occurred yesterday in Washington," he told ABC13 of Houston in response to the Texas Democratic Party's call for him to resign. "The terrorist attack on the Capitol, it was despicable."

January 7, 2021, tweet: Cruz tweeted to reject an accusation from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that his own actions had contributed to deaths at the Capitol. (Cruz had voted against certifying Joe Biden's victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania and had called for a pre-inauguration "emergency audit" of the presidential election results.) He wrote in his response tweet: "Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it's in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday."

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January 8, 2021, tweet: Cruz tweeted a clip of his interview with Houston's ABC13, the one in which he denounced a despicable "terrorist attack" on the Capitol, and added in the tweet, "What happened at the Capitol was despicable and horrific. Each and every one of those terrorists need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

January 8, 2021, tweet: Cruz tweeted in response to a Capitol Police statement about the death of officer Brian Sicknick a day after the attack. (The statement attributed Sicknick's death to injuries he sustained during the attack; Washington DC's chief medical examiner later concluded Sicknick had suffered strokes and died of natural causes, though the examiner also told the Washington Post that "all that transpired played a role in his condition.") Cruz wrote that he was praying for Sicknick's family and added, "Yesterday's terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted."

January 17, 2021, spokesperson comment: After The New Yorker magazine released footage of a Capitol rioter rummaging through lawmakers' papers in the Senate chamber and saying he believed "Cruz would want us to do this," a Cruz spokesperson commented to Houston's ABC13: "As Sen. Cruz has said repeatedly, the terrorist attack on the Capitol was reprehensible, and the criminals who carried out the attack should be fully prosecuted."

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January 19, 2021, comment to media: Cruz told the Washington Examiner in response to the same footage: "I think it was a terrorist attack on the Capitol, and it was despicable, and anyone who committed acts of violence should be fully prosecuted and should go jail for a long time."

February 11, 2021, comment to media: During the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, Cruz told reporters, "Today's presentation was powerful and emotional, reliving a terrorist attack on our nation's capital, but there was very little said about how specific conduct of the president satisfies the legal standard."

February 11, 2021, comment on television: In a Fox interview, Cruz again described the Capitol assault as a "terrorist attack."

February 13, 2021, official statement: Cruz issued a written statement explaining his vote to acquit former Trump on an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection. In the statement, Cruz described the Capitol riot as a terrorist attack and the people who perpetrated the attack as terrorists.

"As I've said repeatedly, what we saw on January 6 was a despicable terrorist attack on the United States Capitol and those who carried it out should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, this impeachment trial did nothing to bring the domestic terrorists who committed this heinous attack to justice. It merely satisfied Democrats' desire to once again vent their hatred of Donald Trump and their contempt for the tens of millions of Americans who voted for him," Cruz said.

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February 13, 2021, comment: Cruz used "terrorist attack" once more to describe the assault, the Wall Street Journal reported.

February 23, 2021, remark at Senate committee: At a Senate committee hearing on the Capitol attack, Cruz thanked "heroic law enforcement officers who demonstrated extraordinary courage in fighting to repel the terrorist attack that unfolded on the Capitol on January 6th."

February 23, 2021, comments on radio show: In comments on Texas radio host Chad Hasty's show, which were previously noted Friday by the group the Republican Accountability Project (formerly known as Republican Voters Against Trump), Cruz said, "We faced a horrific terrorist attack on the US Capitol" and that "this was a pre-planned, very closely coordinated terrorist attack."

May 28, 2021, official statement: Cruz issued a written statement opposing the creation of a new Democratic-led commission to investigate January 6, saying he supported existing Senate committees in their efforts to look into what happened. But Cruz began the statement with his usual description of the riot: "The January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol was a dark moment in our nation's history, and I fully support the ongoing law enforcement investigations into anyone involved."

June 16, 2021, remark at Senate committee: At a Senate committee hearing on oversight of the US Capitol Police, Cruz asked the inspector general for the Capitol Police, "In hindsight, on January 6, what operational steps should the Capitol Police and other law enforcement have taken to prevent the violent terrorist attack from successfully breaching the Capitol?"

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