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January 07, 2022

Ted Cruz Apologizes, Equivocates About His "Terrorist Attack" Remark on Tucker Carlson

First Ted Cruz says the "terrorist attack" line was "sloppy language," because he didn't mean the peaceful protesters. He meant the people who "attacked police."

But... no one thought he meant peaceful protesters. We thought he meant the violent people.

But that's still not a "terrorist attack."

His explanation is that he's used this sort of rhetoric about antifa and BLM when they attack cops a hundred times, so he just reverted to form and used it here.

Not that it's right, but I guess I can personally understand that explanation, because I've used that same rhetoric, and can understand how, confronted with an attack on cops on January 6, might feel obligated to remain consistent with prior rhetoric about brawling with cops and call the January 6 brawlers "terrorists."

I... guess.

Ted Cruz shifts around between a few different alternative explanations, hoping that each will be accepted and get him off the hook, before Carlson lets him escape by talking about almost-certain paid federal agent provocateur Ray Epps.

It should be noted that Cruz has used this "terrorist attack" language before.

And he's repeatedly used it since.

In fact, he used it even while he was lecturing people about how Democrats adulterate language to win political arguments.

Again, I think the explanation is, as he suggested, that he routinely used this rhetoric against antifa and BLM and decided he should be "consistent" and use it against the January 6 protesters too.

And let's face it: A lot of these people, including "conservatives," were pretty chill about antifa and BLM attacking other people but are now hopping mad about the slightest intrusion into the peaceful enjoyment of their own premises.

Few people on January 6 committed any kind of violence, but the Democrats are using this "terrorist attack" as a justification, as a predicate, to criminalize all political opposition.

That's why Tucker Carlson is so incredibly frustrated with the allegedly "smart" Ted Cruz's amazing obtuseness.

What I keep learning, again and again, and am continually surprised by (more fool me), is that literally none of these people read us or hear us at all.

They are always shocked and surprised to learn what conservatives actually think. They're always left flat-footed and scrambling for cover and catch-up.

They live in a bubble of Conservative, Inc. cvcks, liberal pollsters, neoliberal corporate donors, and assorted leftwing media traitors.

They are as removed from us as sandworms. They are an alien species.

They do not even try to learn the customs and beliefs of the people they supposedly "serve."

And then they grumble that they're not respected enough, and that conservatives have "paranoid" suspicions about them.

Well, Ted, I mean, you're done, so. Might have been a good idea to occasionally check in with the base from time to time.

Or nah. Just keep reading National Review. They've got their Finger on the Pulse. That Dan McLaughlin? Real conservative thought-leader, that one.

El Kabong @El_Kabong81

Watching The Bulwark/Dispatch/Lincoln Project defend Ted Cruz is going to be spectacular.

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