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Video: Ted Cruz Apologises For Calling Jan 6th A ‘Terrorist Attack’; It Was “Sloppy” And “Dumb”

Tucker Carlson tells Cruz he’s “not buying it”

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After encountering a huge backlash from conservatives for describing the events of January 6th 2021 as a “violent terrorist attack,” Senator Ted Cruz apologised and admitted that his language was “dumb” and “sloppy”.

Cruz appeared on Tucker Carlson’s evening show Thursday, apparently at his own request, and attempted to back track on what he said, claiming that he’d been referring to attacks on police.

Carlson said to Cruz “There are a lot of dumb people in the Congress. You are not one of them. I think you’re smarter than I am. And you never use words carelessly. And yet you called this a terror attack when by no definition was it a terror attack. That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose, and I’m wondering why you did.”

Cruz responded “When you aired your episode last night, I sent you a text shortly thereafter and said listen, I would like to go on because the way I phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy, and it was frankly dumb.”

Carlson interjected, urging “Look, I’ve known you a long time. Since before you went to the Senate, you’re a Supreme court contender. You take words as seriously as any man who’s ever served in the Senate. And every word you repeated that phrase. I do not believe that you use that accidentally. I just don’t.”

Cruz again described his language as “a poor choice of words,” claiming that “as a result of my sloppy phrasing, it’s caused a lot of people to misunderstand what I meant.”

“Let me tell you what I meant,” The Senator continued, explaining “What I was referring to are the limited number of people who engaged in violent attacks against police officers. I think you and I both agree that if you assault a police officer, you should go to jail.”

“That’s who I was talking about. And the reason the phrasing was sloppy is I have talked dozens if not hundreds of times, I’ve drawn a distinction. I wasn’t saying that the thousands of peaceful protestors supporting Donald Trump are somehow terrorists. I wasn’t saying the millions of patriots across the country, supporting president Trump are terrorists,” Cruz declared, adding “And that’s what a lot of people have misunderstood that.”

Carlson continued to say he doesn’t believe Cruz. “Hold on a second,” the host shot back, noting “What you just said doesn’t make sense. So if somebody assaults a cop, he should be charged and go to jail. I couldn’t agree more. We have said that for years, but that person’s still not a terrorist. How many people have been charged with terrorism on January 6?”

Carlson continued, “Like why’d you use that word? You’re playing into the other side’s characterization, that… allows them to define an entire population as foreiegn combatants. And you know that so why’d you do it?”

Cruz responded, “The reason I’ve used that word for a decade, I have referred to people who violently assault police officers as terrorists. I’ve done so over and over and over again. If you look at all the assaults we’ve seen across the country, I’ve called that terrorism over and over again.”

The Senator continued, “That being said, Tucker, I agree with you. It was a mistake to say that yesterday. And the reason is what you just said, which is we’ve now had a year of Democrats in the media, twisting words, and trying to say that all of us are terrorists trying to say you’re a terrorist, I’m a terrorist.”

“And so look, I don’t like people who assault cops and, and, and I stand up and defend cops,” Cruz carried on, adding “The reason I use that word is that’s the word I’ve always used for people that violently attack cops. But in this context, I get why people were angry because we’ve had a year of the corrupt corporate media and Democrats claiming anyone who objected to the election fraud.”

“I guess I just don’t believe you,” Carlson said. “And I mean that with respect because I have such respect for your acuity and your precision.”

Cruz also tweeted the interview out, saying his words were dumb:

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    Poll: Only 37% Of Democrats Want Biden To Run In 2024

    Americans have had enough

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    Close to two thirds of Democrats don’t want to see a second Joe Biden term, a massive decline of 15 percent in just three months, according to a new poll.

    The survey by Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to run again, a figure that is down from 52 percent since the midterms.

    Among Democrats under the age of 45 just 23 percent want another Biden term.

    In total, 78 percent of voters don’t want Biden in office beyond 2024, with many citing his old age and deteriorating mental health.

    An NBC News poll registered similar results, noting that only a third of voters are comfortable with Biden running again:

    Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that almost two thirds believe Biden has accomplished “little or nothing” so far:

    A CNN poll found that a record number of voters say they are worse off under Biden:

    A CBS News/YouGov poll found that 61 percent think the state of the economy is “bad,” with 76 percent calling for lowering runaway inflation:

    As we highlighted a week ago, a recent Harvard/ Harris survey revealed that six in ten Americans have reservations over Joe Biden’s mentally capacity to run again in 2024, with 65 percent agreeing that at 80-years-old, Biden is “too old” to continue as President.

    Enough is enough.

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    Videos: GOP Senators Slam “Paralyzed” Biden For “Telegraphing Weakness” To China

    “It’s not just the balloon. It’s the message… we can do whatever we want, and America can’t stop us.”

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    Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz all blasted the Biden administration Sunday over its weakness in responding to China’s brazen efforts to encroach into U.S. airspace.

    “I think the only reason they shot [the balloon] down is because it made it into the news, and they felt it forced to as a matter of politics rather than national security,” Cruz told CBS News, adding “That’s a bad message for the Chinese government to hear.”

    Cruz accused Biden of having “telegraphed weakness”:

    Senator Cotton slammed Biden for being “paralyzed for entire week by a balloon,” noting that “What began as spy balloon has become a trial balloon, testing President Biden’s strength and resolve. And unfortunately, the president failed that test. And that’s dangerous for the American people.”

    Cotton further criticised “the president’s reluctance to take any action that will be viewed as provocative or confrontational towards the Chinese communists,” adding “I would say what’s provocative and confrontation is sending spy balloon all across America.”

    Senator Rubio declared “I think what’s embedded here is a clear message,” adding “The Chinese knew that this was going to be spotted. They knew that we were going to have to react to it. They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites across — right across the middle. I mean, look at the flight path of this thing. It’s a diagonal shot right through the middle of the continental United States.”

    “And the message embedded in this to the world is, we can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America, and you won’t be able to do anything about it to stop us,” Rubio further urged, noting “They calculated this carefully.”

    Earlier, Senator Rand Paul slammed Biden’s “dithering” and “ineptitude” over the balloon:

    Meanwhile, the leftist media has amplified claims by Biden officials that several of the same Chinese balloons flew over the U.S. under Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed the reports Sunday.

    “Do you remember during the Trump administration, when photographers on the ground and commercial airline pilots were talking about a spy balloon over the United States that people could look up and see even with the naked eye, and that a media that hated Donald Trump wasn’t reporting?” Ratcliffe noted during a Fox News interview, adding “I don’t remember that either, because it didn’t happen.”

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    Video: Rand Paul Slams “Very Very Weak” Biden For “Dithering For Days” Over Chinese Balloon

    Senator warns “ineptitude” of administration is a major threat to national security

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    Senator Rand Paul tore into the Biden administration Sunday for “dithering for days” over the Chinese balloon and allowing it float the entire width of the country before shooting it down.

    Appearing on Fox News, Paul urged that “This looks very, very weak in the eyes of our enemy, and I think it was a huge mistake.”

    “We need a commander in chief and a national defense who is able to respond within seconds to minutes to penetration of our airspace,” Paul further asserted.

    “This is probing our defenses even if there was no surveillance on board. They’ve gotten a great deal of information as to how sluggish the Biden administration is in their response,” the Senator added.

    Paul continued, “I think more damaging than any surveillance is assessing our response. Since we’ve entered into a nuclear age, there are responses that have to occur in seconds to minutes, and the fact that this administration would dither for days over a balloon I think gives pause to us about how well we’re protected and whether or not they have the ability to make decisions that would have to be made in seconds or minutes.”

    “Moving forward, what they [the Biden administration] need to do is they need to demand a full apology and explanation. If it was supposedly civilian, they should feed us all the data they took in and show us what the balloon was absorbing,” Paul further noted, calling for the Chinese ambassador to be grilled by the State Department.

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    Paul stated that the balloon could have been dealt with days earlier over a remote area such as Alaska.

    The same point was made earlier by Retired four-star Army General Jack Keane, who said “Remember, this was approaching the United States over water. It was approaching the Aleutian Islands over water. And we had plenty of opportunity to take it down then. And that’s when it should have happened.”

    “We had to be tracking it from mainland China across the Pacific Ocean, and we had plenty of warning to put together an operation that we are conducting now on the east coast that should have been done there,” Keane added.

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    Biden has claimed that he ordered the balloon to be downed “days ago” but that the Pentagon waited til it had flown over the country.

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