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Opinion: Ted Cruz is the worst of us

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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James Moore argues that Sen. Ted Cruz wasted his fine intellect to serve his craven political ambitions instead of the country he professes to love by peddling President Donald Trump's false narrative of election fraud.

The first Hispanic American elected to the US Senate from Texas, and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University, Cruz had argued nine cases before the US Supreme Court by the time he ran for Senate -- more than any practicing Texas lawyer or member of Congress.

Anyone who has authored 70 Supreme Court briefs, which Cruz did as solicitor general of Texas, surely must have skills to marshal the power of facts.

A man who had called President Donald Trump a "pathological liar" during their presidential primary in 2016 embraced the President's falsehoods about a stolen election four years later -- and, in doing so, may have destroyed his political prospects.

Cruz was on the floor of the Senate arguing for a commission to investigate claims of fraudulent electoral results, and he justified his rhetoric by saying, "Thirty-nine percent of Americans believe the election that just occurred was, quote, rigged. "

However, that generally seemed to happen only when Trump was standing between Cruz and the presidency.

"This guy Ted Cruz is the single biggest liar I have ever dealt with in my life," Trump said.

Ultimately, though, Cruz and Trump became confederates, and the senator offered to argue in front of the US Supreme Court for Trump and the state of Texas in a lawsuit claiming swing state results had to be invalidated.

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