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 CastroFeehery: A better than even shot of flipping a Texas district Lawmakers call for investigation into proposed AT&T WarnerMedia, Discovery merger Israel says blacklisted NSO Group 'has nothing to do' with government policies MORE and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have called for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Golden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor 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 BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats 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.


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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Democrat running for US Senate smokes marijuana in campaign ad Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another Maryland Democrat announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (N.Y.) was among the Democrats who echoed their sentiments on Thursday, calling for both Cruz and Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTwo-thirds of Americans support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: poll Hawley says he would have opposed resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6 Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office MORE (R-Mo.) to resign.

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 TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE or for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove him from office.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection 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.