WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, who challenged the vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, is calling on Americans to “come together and put this anger and division behind us.”
The Texas Republican released the statement early Thursday as Congress convened to confirm Biden, a Democrat, as the presidential election winner following a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob loyal to President Donald Trump. The supporters attempted to overturn the election and keep Trump in the White House.
On Wednesday, Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz, led a dispute to certify electoral votes from Arizona, punctuating Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud.
Earlier in the day, Cruz told Fox News, “we have an obligation, I believe, to protect the integrity of the election and to protect the integrity of the democratic system,” despite all states certifying their results as fair and accurate.
Following the chaos, lawmakers reconvened and completed the Electoral College tally before dawn Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the joint session, announced the tally, 306-232.
Cruz released a statement just before 2 a.m., saying the “attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system,” while also calling for an electoral commission.
Read the full statement below:
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