U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has ignited a firestorm on the populist right after referring to January 6th rioters who assaulted police officers as “terrorists”. However, two Cruz-endorsed congressional candidates running for open seats in the Houston area are still standing with the senator.
Wesley Hunt, a Republican who is running for the newly created 38th Texas Congressional District in western Harris County, says he’s, “not going to let a 15 second clip define the legacy of one of the strongest leaders in the history of the conservative movement.”
“I am proud to stand with Ted Cruz, I was proud to receive his endorsement and I look forward to standing on stage with him Friday,” said Hunt, who has an upcoming campaign event with the senator.
Republican candidate Christian Collins, who is running to replace retiring Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) in the neighboring 8th Texas Congressional District encompassing the suburbs north of Houston, echoed Hunt’s sentiments.
“I’ve seen this man’s heart,” said Collins, who worked on Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. He has fought tirelessly for Texans and our Conservative causes, and he will continue to. A recent mistake of words does not define him. History will record Ted Cruz as one of the greatest freedom fighters of our generation.” Collins is also endorsed by Cruz.
Cruz has repeatedly used the word terrorist to describe rioters who assaulted police officers on January 6th. However, some on the populist right took offense at the term, including FOX prime time host Tucker Carlson. After being called out by Carlson, Cruz quickly backtracked his remarks and apologized for using the word “terrorism” on Carlson’s show, saying it was a, “dumb choice of words.”
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