Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who requested this week that folks ought to strive to not be “assholes” and deal with others with “some modicum of respect,” was pictured looking at his cellphone Tuesday throughout testimony on the Senate hearings investigating the lethal riot he helped encourage.
Current and former high legislation enforcement officers appeared earlier than the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees to testify publicly for the primary time about intelligence and safety failures that led to the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Steven Sund, who resigned as chief of Capitol Police following the riot, gave a grim account of the occasions that day, saying he witnessed the “worst attack on law enforcement and our democracy” in his 30-year profession. He described how officers have been crushed with fists, bats, sticks and pipes.
Sund mentioned his former company had been ready for an elevated degree of violence, however “none of the intelligence we received predicted what actually occurred.” As he mentioned this, the C-SPAN livestream from the chamber reduce to Cruz, who was on his cellphone.
A consultant of Cruz didn’t instantly return HuffPost’s request for remark.
Cruz has been on the heart of a firestorm this week after he jetted off on a Cancun vacation whereas his dwelling state was ravaged by a serious snowstorm that crippled water and energy programs and left thousands and thousands of his constituents uncovered to freezing temperatures.
After chopping his journey quick amid large backlash, Cruz blamed his daughters after which the media, and raged that somebody in his spouse’s group textual content leaked her messages in regards to the journey to The New York Times, exposing his lie.
“Heidi’s pretty pissed” in regards to the textual content leak, he mentioned on the conservative “Ruthless” podcast this week.
“You know, here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes,” Cruz added. “Just treat each other as human beings. Have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
Though senators are sometimes seen on their telephones throughout hearings, and printed copies of opening statements are supplied to the senators previous to the session, Cruz’s obvious disinterest within the testimony simply added gas to the fireplace on-line.
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