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San Antonio Republican lawmaker says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz needs to ‘stop embarrassing himself’

‘A few others from Texas should join him,’ Texas Rep. Lyle Larson says

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, front, followed by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., walk from the House Chamber following a Senate procession carrying boxes holding Electoral College votes to the House Chamber for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College votes, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, front, followed by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., walk from the House Chamber following a Senate procession carrying boxes holding Electoral College votes to the House Chamber for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College votes, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz continues to see blowback from Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a Republican lawmaker from San Antonio has urged him to “stop embarrassing himself.”

Texas Rep. Lyle Larson on Sunday tweeted fierce criticism aimed at Cruz, who challenged election results and embraced President Donald Trump’s calls to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s victory even after the deadly violence.

“If Ted Cruz was a friend of mine would be obligated to tell him to shut the #%€¥ up,” Larson said in a tweet, adding that he met him twice and “never really cared much for him.”

Larson also said Cruz “still needs to be quiet and stop embarrassing himself, his family and our state.”

“A few others from Texas should join him,” he said.

Cruz was among 16 Texans in Congress who still voted to object to the electoral college count based on unsubstantiated fraud claims brought by Trump.

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Since Wednesday, Texas Democrats including U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro have called for Cruz’s resignation.

During a news conference Friday, Biden stopped short of calling for Cruz’s resignation but said Cruz and another Republican senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, should be voted out.

“I think the American public has a real good clear look at who they are,” the president-elect said, according to the Texas Tribune. “They’re part of the big lie, the big lie.”

Cruz has dismissed the calls for resignation, telling ABC 13 in Houston last week that Texas Democrats are taking advantage of the insurrection.

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He also told NBCDFW that Trump was acting irresponsibly, adding that while he thinks the “criminals” should be held accountable for their actions, the president’s words were “reckless” and “harmful.”

A Capitol police officer died and an officer fatally shot a woman in the mob. Three other people died from medical emergencies during the chaos on Capitol Hill.

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