As Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, has supported President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud as the reason for President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, old Trump tweets from 2016 have resurfaced accusing Cruz of fraud.
“I believe that President Trump still has a way to win,” Cruz said in a Sunday interview with Fox News. “And that way is to count every single legal vote that was cast, but also not to [count]votes that were cast fraudulently or illegally, and we have a legal process to determine what is legal and what is not. But as early as 2016, Trump accused Cruz of fraud during the Republican primary.
Cruz was trying to run for the 2016 Republican presidential election, running against Trump and several other GOP politicians. The Republican senator took the lead in the Iowa election committees, incurring Trump’s wrath and false accusations of fraud.
“Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should be held or Cruz’s results should be invalidated,” Trump tweeted after the Iowa Caucus 2016 results arrived.
Due to the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should be held or Cruz’s results should be invalidated.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
“Ted Cruz did not win Iowa, he stole it. That’s why all the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than expected. Bad,” Trump, the candidate at the time, wrote in another tweet at the time.
At that time Cruz replied via Twitter and rejected Trump’s criticism. “Another #Trumpertantrum… @realDonaldTrump very angry with the people of Iowa. They actually looked at his file,” the GOP Senator wrote in a Twitter post. Trump won the primary, of course, and secured the Republican Party’s candidacy for president.
Another #Trumpertantrum… @realDonaldTrump very angry with the people of Iowa. They actually looked at his file. https://t.co/S85mxlhLK1
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 3, 2016
When Washington Newsday commented, a Cruz spokesman said, “We’ll let you know if we have anything to add. Some in the social media found it ironic that Cruz now supports Trump’s allegations of fraud, considering that a similarly unfounded argument was once used against him by the president.
“Oh look, @realDonaldTrump has shouted “wolf” 8,379 times. cc: @tedcruz,” wrote Congressman Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, and tweeted Trump’s 2016 post accusing Cruz of fraud in Iowa.
Oh look, @realDonaldTrump cried “wolf” 8,379 times.
– Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 9, 2020
The author and actor George Takei wrote on Twitter: “We have seen this film before.” He shared a link to an article that highlighted Trump’s earlier fraud allegations against Cruz.
While Cruz refused to accept Biden’s victory and supported Trump’s unfounded fraud allegations, several prominent Republicans congratulated President-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“The American people can be confident that this election was fundamentally fair, that its integrity will be preserved and that its outcome is clear,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement on Sunday congratulating the Democratic victors.
“Ann and I congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come,” GOP Senator Mitt Romney from Utah tweeted on Saturday. Romney was a critic of Trump throughout his tenure.
Congressman Francis Rooney, a Florida Republican, warned in an interview with CNN on Monday that Trump’s refusal to make concessions “plays into Russia’s hands.
“I think the peaceful transfer of power is a crucial element of our democracy. That is why I would like to compliment and congratulate the president-elect,” said Rooney, who did not seek re-election.
“I think we are playing into Russia’s hands here by undermining our own democratic principles,” said the GOP legislator.