On Wednesday, House impeachment managers delivered the most graphic and searing account yet of the deadly riot at the United States Capitol, as they argued that former President Donald Trump's constant lies about the 2020 election sparked the failed insurrection committed by a mob of pro-Trump extremists on January 6.
The impeachment managers played previously unreleased security camera footage that showed the violent rioters getting mere feet within multiple lawmakers. They also showed Trump's comments before and after the attack to make the case that the former President supported the violence.
According to journalists present for the trial, multiple Republican Senators were doodling or otherwise refusing to pay attention during the harrowing arguments.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appears to be one of those Senators.
As the historic impeachment trial was underway, Cruz tweeted about new guidelines at a hospital in the United Kingdom that advised against the use of terms like "breast milk" for trans or gender non-conforming patients.
Orwellian: The words “breast milk” are now forbidden. Because science. https://t.co/TKuRqgUuHd— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1612983266.0
Cruz, describing the guidelines as "Orwellian," continued the longstanding Republican trend of painting simple guidelines on inclusive language as an attack lobbed on the American public by trans people. This is despite trans people facing more violence and higher suicide rates in no small part due to the cruel rhetoric commonly deployed by Republicans like Cruz.
The tweet is even more damaging considering Cruz's amplification of the very lies that led to the deadly attack on the Capitol. In addition to peddling the lies that the 2020 election was illegitimate, Cruz objected to the counting of certified election results and their subsequent electoral votes in swing states Trump lost, even just hours after Trump extremists breached the Capitol.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo took Cruz to task for his tweet in a lengthy segment about the arguments made in the trial.
Watch below at the 7:15 mark to hear Cuomo's comments to Cruz.
"There can be no good faith disagreement," says @ChrisCuomo, as Democrats presented more devastating evidence in to… https://t.co/3Y1HG2Rlac— Cuomo Prime Time (@Cuomo Prime Time) 1613010207.0
Cuomo told the Senator:
"Orwellian? Sir, you are at a trial that you're not even paying attention to, where you are saying that what happened didn't really happen, because you don't want to have to deal with the reality."
"That, my brother, is Orwellian. Breast milk, why is that on your mind? Focus, Ted. If you got off Trump's teat a little bit, maybe you wouldn't be thinking about breast milk so much. Do your damn job! If Trump had his way, maybe you, but certainly not all of you, would've made it out of there."
Cruz's fellow critics applauded Cuomo's rebuke.
Cuomo just said Cruz can't get Drumph's "teet" off his mind 🤣— James Gray, MBA in all day 😷 (@James Gray, MBA in all day 😷) 1613009410.0
Chris Cuomo on Ted Cruz on breast milk kinda made my day— Luc (@Luc) 1613013310.0
The truth. Nothing but the truth https://t.co/RUAieAA3q2— Patrick Jean Starck (@Patrick Jean Starck) 1613033578.0
Once again, the GOP LOVES the word “Orwellian”. So far has been a false analogy & used to describe a positive act… https://t.co/6fTTFpwzQx— Impressions (@Impressions) 1613059007.0
Cuomo was far from the only one to slam Cruz's ill-advised tweet.
There is an impeachment trial going on. You are one of the 100 jurors. At least pretend to pay attention. Nice att… https://t.co/T2UDdn8FIw— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas) 1612984619.0
Ted Cruz proves literally daily that he can not read https://t.co/Pap8EglpRG— Jon (@Jon) 1612985102.0
This is what Rafael Cruz thinks is important to tweet about in the midst of an impeachment trial. https://t.co/ePUS1Ginfd— It's Me, Devon (@It's Me, Devon) 1612984730.0
Ted Cruz obviously doesn't have enough things to take seriously, so breast milk seemed like a fun topic. https://t.co/jS7A0XIPKj— Mimi DeBunker 🍊 🌊🌊 😎 (@Mimi DeBunker 🍊 🌊🌊 😎) 1613012940.0
Hi Ted-you are a juror in the Impeachment of a man who incited sent a violent mob to assassinate MOC. Put the stupi… https://t.co/wyJzXdeN9o— Archimedes Persists 🦉Ω (@Archimedes Persists 🦉Ω) 1612998619.0
After a Tuesday vote determined the impeachment trial of a former President is within the Senate's authority, the House impeachment managers are on their second day of arguing that Trump's lies incited the failed insurrection.