David Dewhurst rips Ted Cruz, Donald Trump over roles in Capitol riot


In the Senate chamber outgoing Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gaveled in the 84th Texas Legislature Tuesday afternoon January 13, 2015 with a swearing in of members as family and friends were invited to observe the mostly celebratory day. He gave a heartfelt and somewhat tearful exit speech thanking the senators fro their hard work over the last 12 years. 
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David Dewhurst, the former Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, sharply criticized President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Monday for their roles in last week’s mob violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Dewhurst said Cruz and fellow Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri deserve to be censured by the Senate after challenging electoral results in two states won by Biden in floor votes taken after order was restored in the Capitol.

Cruz and Hawley “stood out as the definition of self-focused individuals who exacerbated the fragile situation between the protesters and the Capitol Police, which could have taken even more lives,” Dewhurst said in a written statement.

And although Dewhurst said he campaigned for Trump in several battleground states, he criticized the president for inciting a riot that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer.



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