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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 CastroDemocrats ask Biden to reverse employee policy on past marijuana use The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Blinken to appear before Foreign Affairs Committee MORE and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have called for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls 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 BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals 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-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won MORE (N.Y.) was among the Democrats who echoed their sentiments on Thursday, calling for both Cruz and Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump plugs Hawley's new book over tech industry Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee 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 TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE or for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove him from office.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Florida's restrictive voting bill signed into law Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women 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.