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Texas Democrats Joaquin and Julián Castro call for Cruz to step down

Texas Democrats Joaquin and Julián Castro call for Cruz to step down
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Democratic Texas politicians and twin brothers Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers Lawmaker to unveil bill ensuring nothing — 'no airport, no highway, no school' — is named after Trump MORE and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have called for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Ethics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot Hawley, Cruz see approval ratings dip in wake of Capitol riot: poll MORE (R-Texas) to resign following the violent riot that occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Cruz was among the GOP lawmakers who objected to Congress affirming the electoral victory of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE, objections that came as a pro-Trump mob laid siege to the Capitol in protest of Biden's victory.

“He has conducted himself shamelessly, and I think he has done this because he believes it's the only way, the only chance that he has to win the Republican nomination for president,” Joaquin Castro told The Texas Tribune on Wednesday.

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Both Castros tweeted Wednesday that Cruz "should resign from the United States Senate immediately.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor MORE (N.Y.) was among the Democrats who echoed their sentiments on Thursday, calling for both Cruz and Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump DHS chief argues for swift confirmation of Biden pick amid Hawley hold Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Ethics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot MORE (R-Mo.) to resign.

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Soon after the joint session in Congress began, pro-Trump rioters stormed into the Capitol, causing widespread damage and forcing lawmakers and staffers to barricade themselves or evacuate. Four people were confirmed dead following the incident, and more than 60 people were arrested.

Once the Capitol had been secured, many Democratic lawmakers laid blame for the breach on lawmakers who have opposed the results of the presidential election, saying they had spread misinformation that ultimately incited the rioters to action.

Lawmakers have also made calls to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE or for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove him from office.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (R-Ill.) became the first Republican lawmaker to join in the calls for Trump's removal on Thursday.

"Here’s the truth. The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily," Kinzinger said in a video message posted to Twitter.