Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a previous ally of Donald Trump, offered some harsh words for the former president in a recent episode of his popular podcast, "The Verdict with Ted Cruz."
Commenting on Trump's claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, Cruz said the former president's rhetoric "went way too far over the line."
"President Trump's rhetoric, I think, went way too far over the line," Cruz said. "I think it was both reckless and irresponsible because he said repeatedly, and he said over and over again, he won by a landslide; there was massive fraud; it was all stolen everywhere. That evidence, the campaign did not prove that in any court, and to make a determination about an election it has to be based on the evidence, and so simply saying the result you want, that's not responsible and you've never heard me use language like that."
Cruz objected to the congressional certification of Arizona's electoral votes on January 6. But, he explicitly told conservative radio host Mark Levin that his objections "were not to set aside the election," but rather establish a commission to investigate voter fraud.
He echoed those sentiments on his podcast.
"What I've said is voter fraud is real, and we need to examine the evidence, and look at the actual facts; and in particular, what is the evidence of how much voter fraud occurred, and did it occur in sufficient quantities and in sufficient states to alter the outcome of the election," Cruz said. "That would have been the mandate of the election commission to assess."