Texas Democrats’ Statement on Cornyn and Cruz Blocking Investigation of January 6 Insurrection

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz voting to block a commission investigating the January 6 insurrection:

“The Republican Party is a threat to the United States of America and our democracy. Alongside nearly every Republican in the Senate, traitorous Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz just voted to block a commission investigating the events of January 6, 2021. The January 6 insurrection was a domestic terrorist attack that took the life of a police officer and four others while endangering the lives of thousands — yet Republicans are blocking efforts to investigate it. This is beyond shameful — this is a deliberate attempt to rewrite history and dodge accountability.

“The peaceful transfer of power is at the core of what makes our country strong. The American people deserve to know exactly what happened when an armed insurrection threatened to overturn the results of a free and fair election. Instead, Republicans are trying to cover it up. There’s one reason why: because from inciting the insurrection, to actively participating in it, countless Republican elected officials are complicit.

“Republicans are mounting a full-fledged assault on American democracy as we know it — and with it, the heart of who we are as a country. They’ve spent six months denying the results of an election, they’re trying to take away our right to vote in state legislatures across the country, and many of them, including Texas’ own Ted Cruz, actively encouraged the insurrection at our nation’s Capitol in January. These Republican politicians are a threat to our democracy, and that means they are a threat to our freedom, our rights, and our ability to determine our own future — everything we stand for as a country. The time is now to defend our democracy by holding every Republican who voted against this commission accountable.”