Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on Friday he agreed with those who view Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees as “dangerous radicals” and vowed the United States would see a “tsunami red in the November midterm elections.
“It occurs to me that the Biden FBI thinks this is a room of dangerous radicals,” Cruz said during a speech at CPAC in Dallas. “And you know what? They’re right. There’s nothing more dangerous to a bunch of power-hungry, abusive, totalitarian morons than a free, self-reliant, high-energy American people taking over our country.”
November’s midterm elections will be a key moment for both major political parties in the United States, as Republicans seek to take control of Congress and Democrats try to expand their power in both the House Representatives and the Senate. Some recent polls from CBS News and FiveThirtyEight have indicated that Republicans are in good shape to secure a majority in the House, while FiveThirtyEight assesses that Democrats are “slightly favored” to retain control in the Senate.
The Senate is currently made up of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with two independents who caucus with Democrats. In the event of a tie in a vote in the Senate, Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris has the deciding vote.
Cruz’s mention of the “Biden FBI” at CPAC, which also featured a speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, appears to be a reference to an alleged FBI training document he referred to during a Judiciary Committee hearing. Senate on FBI surveillance Thursday. Cruz questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was testifying at the hearing, about the document which he said was obtained by the conservative organization Project Veritas.
That document, Cruz said, “lists various symbols and themes that the FBI believed were indicative of ‘militia violent extremism’.”
Those symbols included Gonzales’ battle flag, according to Cruz. Just before making the FBI Biden and “dangerous radicals” comment to CPAC, Cruz waved Gonzales’ battle flag around the room.
The Texas lawmaker raised concerns during Thursday’s Senate hearing that the FBI and Justice Department have become “deeply politicized.” He also slammed his boot on the table at one point to show that it represented Gonzales’ battle flag from the back.
Wray replied at the time that he was unfamiliar with the document and that he was not “in the habit of trying to comment on documents that I did not recognize”.
“But I will tell you that when we release intelligence products, including those that refer to symbols, which we do in a wide variety of contexts, we generally strive, we strive to put caveats and disclaimers in the document that make it clear that a symbol alone is not considered evidence of violent extremism,” he added.
Newsweek contacted Cruz’s office for comment.