The saga started the day before, on the eve of the anniversary of the riot, when Cruz referred to the historic insurrection attempt as a “violent terrorist attack” during a speech on the Senate floor. His remarks set off fierce backlash in the MAGAverse — which has grown increasingly hostile to criticism of Jan. 6 — culminating with Carlson lashing out at the senator during primetime on Wednesday evening.
The interview was a demonstration not only of Carlson’s power over the GOP, but of how Jan. 6 revisionism has become Republican orthodoxy — a line in the sand that officials dare not cross.
Republicans criticize Ted Cruz for calling Jan. 6 a violent terrorist attack
On the eve of the Jan. 6 anniversary, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called the riot “a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol,” drawing the ire of several Republican pundits, including Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.
The Texas senator called Jan. 6 “an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage.”