Feb 23, 2021
Here’s Sen. Ted Cruz texting during congressional hearing on Jan. 6 security failures
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The reason that Heidi Cruz’s texts became news was not because Heidi Cruz did something wrong. The reason that Heidi Cruz’s texts became news was because her husband, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, attempted to blame his kids for his bad decision-making. Cruz’s very elitist and irresponsible decision to take a vacation to Cancún, Mexico, while millions of people in his state were freezing and without power due in no small part to the “free market,” no-regulation policies that he has championed while in office, is solely his own.His wife’s texts show that the decision to leave Texas for warmer weather is due to the fact that Ted Cruz and his family are wealthy and do not care about Ted Cruz’s job. Ted Cruz knows this. That’s why Ted Cruz tried to slither back into the country and pretend he was just acting as an expensive chaperone for his kids … and his adult wife.
Since then, Sen. Cruz has been doing all kinds of damage control, usually to chants of “resign” and numerous online petitions calling for Cruz to leave his privatized version of public life. On Tuesday Cruz did an interview where he used bad words to give the impression that he’s righteously indignant and angry about being called out as the corrupt elitist sociopath that he is. It’s the same righteous anger he showed shortly after Donald Trump called him the Zodiac Killer, said his father colluded in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and that his wife, Heidi, was ugly. And just like that previous “anger,” today’s fury is all performative and for show. He’s a good little doggy to whatever person pulls his strings and promises to keep him afloat in power.
On Tuesday, during former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s opening statement in front of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Cruz was seen playing with his smart phone. He looked like he was typing on that phone. Maybe even texting his family to ask for pictures of the warm Mexican weather?x
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on his phone while Former Metropolitan PD Chief of Police Steven Sund testifies about violence at the January 6 Capitol insurrection. pic.twitter.com/vXR1odKmFX— The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021
Maybe Ted is handling serious government business? Maybe.x
You only have 12 months to use the airline credit. Better to book now so you don't forget. https://t.co/hnyuwMIcwR— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 23, 2021
Considering how overwrought Cruz’s attempts at damage control optics have been, this move is particularly galling.x
CNN cuts to Ted Cruz texting while the former Capitol Police chief talks about his worst day on the job pic.twitter.com/wRitETzbUj— Jennifer Mascia (@JenniferMascia) February 23, 2021
While we are at it:x
Ted Cruz, distracted by his phone during this Senate hearing on the deadly January 6th riot, should be REMOVED FROM THE HEARING.
Remove him from Congress while you're at it. pic.twitter.com/OCypNIoDnf
And something fun.x
pic.twitter.com/jUjsn0AU30— Relms (@RandallElms) February 23, 2021
But in the end, this is the overwhelming feeling about corrupt officials like Ted Cruz.x
Ted Cruz texting rather than listening to what the former head of the Capitol police has to say about the attack on the Capitol. We all know he doesn’t care. His hate speech participated in the attack. Why they allow people like Cruz and Hawley on these panels is beyond me.— Richard N. Ojeda, II (@Ojeda4America) February 23, 2021
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New photos could prove Oath Keepers ‘reaction force’ with weapons just outside Capitol on Jan. 6
A local Virginia news outlet is publishing previously unseen photos taken by staff in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. The images reportedly show a group of men “loitering near the Marine Corps War Memorial,” with a view of the Capitol building. According to the report, the men stood around a small parking area, their SUVs and out-of-state plates conspicuous enough that Arlington County police were notified by passersby of their presence. According to ARLnow.com, which published the images, one of the pickup trucks in the parking area where the men loitered was left running with a “large toolbox in the back.”
According to the Arlington County police, an officer was sent to look into the reports of “9-10 males acting suspiciously and looking around on the Iwo Jima War Memorial property” at 4 PM that day. According to a spokesperson for the police department, “nothing was located and the call was cleared.” ARLnow points to far-right militia groups and prosecutors’ filings against various Oath Keeper suspects who have been arrested and charged in the Capitol insurgency. Specifically highlighted is a memo against Oath Keeper leader Edward Caldwell that details an elaborate “quick reaction force” (QRF) of militia men who were to stay outside awaiting orders and could bring “the tools if something goes to hell” inside the Capitol, “that way the boys don’t have to try to schelp [sic] weps on the bus.” According to the prosecutors’ filings, these individuals were potentially waiting outside, ready with weapons to bring into the Capitol.
On Friday, Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner, who is covering legal cases in Alexandria, reported on Oath Keeper leader Jessica Watkins of Woodstock, Ohio, and other militia member cases:
Judge is now asking whether there really was a "quick reaction force" stationed outside D.C. with weapons for militia members' use on Jan. 6. Prosecutor: "That is our understanding." And after that tantalizing detail, they are moving off the record.
This comes after Proud Boy members trying out the legal defense of, “Whoops, we didn’t know we were breaking the law,” or, “Whoops, we thought Donald Trump was telling us the truth,” or, “Whoops, we didn’t think we could get arrested for breaking the law.” Watkins in particular tried to renounce her involvement in the Oath Keepers and say she was finished playing seditionist, so could she go home and pretend none of this happened? U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta was not having any of that. Maybe this selection from the prosecutors’ court filings is why?
The next day, Watkins exchanged text messages with Co-defendant Thomas Caldwell about the operational plans for January 6, 2021. This included coordinating about where and when to meet and where to stay. Operational plans also contemplated the possession and use of weapons in D.C. before and on January 6. Caldwell referenced “a quick reaction force [QRF] [that would be]bringing the tools if something goes to hell. That way the boys don’t have to try to schelp weps on the bus.” Watkins previously stated that the QRF provided ready access to guns during operations. As she explained to a contact when preparing to attend a November election fraud rally in Washington D.C., QRF was designed so that “If it gets bad, they QRF to us with weapons for us,” but that, otherwise, “[w]e can have mace, tasers, or night sticks. QRF staged, armed, with our weapons, outside the city” and advised “to be prepared to fight hand to hand” while “guys outside DC with guns, await orders to enter DC under permission from Trump, not a minute sooner.” Watkins’s own operational role extended well beyond providing medical aid. As she explained to a recruit, “I’m no doctor. I’m a soldier. A medic with a rifle, maybe, but a solider. I will hurt/kill those who try to hurt/kill me or others.”
Yikes. Like most of the Oath Keepers and other militia members being arrested and charged right now, the defense being employed amounts to, ”Hey, we’re full of shit, and we thought this would work but it didn’t so how about we pretend we didn’t do it.” Hopefully the photos that ARLnow reporter Jay Westcott took are helpful in bringing more justice against fascists.x
NEW & interesting: While #Capitol was being stormed men w/comms gear loitered at nearby Marine Corps War Memorial in VA.
Story to watch in light of "quick reaction force" described in #Oathkeepers indictments.
By: @ARLnowDOTcomhttps://t.co/266vVHZ2Tb pic.twitter.com/XnmxzXJLp4