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Biden says Cruz, other Republicans responsible for 'big lie' that fueled Capitol mob

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE on Friday blamed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick To 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE (Texas) and other GOP lawmakers who led efforts to challenge election results ahead of Wednesday’s pro-Trump mob at the Capitol, with Biden drawing a parallel between the elected officials’ actions and a Nazi propaganda minister. 

“If he’s the only one saying it, that’s one thing,” Biden said of President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE, who for weeks made disputed claims that the election was “stolen” from him. 

“But the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is,” Biden continued, according to The Washington Post

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Biden did not join some other Democrats who have called for Cruz and Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTo 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial Beto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz 'guilty of sedition' in Capitol insurrection MORE (R-Mo.) to be removed from office for encouraging the claims that fueled Wednesday’s events, with the former vice president instead saying,  “I think they should be just flat beaten the next time they run.”

Biden then added, “I think the American public has a real good, clear look who they are … they’re part of the big lie.” 

“The big lie” refers to an idea espoused by Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s closest advisers, who argued that if you continuously repeat a major lie to people, they will eventually start to believe it. 

Biden has previously compared Trump to the Nazi official, including in a September MSNBC interview in which Biden explained Trump was “sort of like Goebbels. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge.” 

Biden also previously compared Trump to Goebbels when he called for the president’s impeachment in October 2019, according to the Post. 

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Both Cruz and Hawley responded to Biden’s remarks Friday, with Hawley writing in a statement that the president-elect should “act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments.” 

“This is undignified, immature, and intemperate behavior from the President-elect,” the Missouri senator added. “It is utterly shameful.” 

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Cruz took to Twitter to respond to Biden’s comments, calling them “really sad.” 

“At a time of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s choice to call his political opponents literal Nazis does nothing to bring us together or promote healing,” Cruz wrote. “This kind of vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart.” 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHawley files ethics counter-complaint against seven Democratic senators Hillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says MORE (D-Ore.), the incoming chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHawley pens op-ed to defend decision to object to electoral votes amid pushback Demolition at the Labor Department, too Hawley, Cruz face rising anger, possible censure MORE (Wash.), the No. 3-ranking Senate Democrat, have both called on Hawley and Cruz to resign for challenging the validity of Biden’s victory. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years Meghan McCain responds to Katie Couric: 'I don't need to be deprogrammed' Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-N.Y.) has also called for both Cruz and Hawley to step down, and Texas Democrats and twin brothers Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have also vocalized support for Cruz’s resignation.