Did Ted Cruz lie in January about overturning the election? Or did he lie about it in May?: newspaper
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has changed his tune about why he voted against accepting the fact that Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
"Sen. Ted Cruz was not about to let an upstart like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) outmaneuver him in pandering to President Donald Trump's base of support. So when Hawley announced a few days before Congress met to affirm the 2020 electoral college votes that he would object to the vote totals from Pennsylvania, Cruz put together a contingent of senators to make the same promise," The Washington Post reported on Friday. "The group, Cruz's office explained in a statement, was 'acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it.' That assurance, buried at the bottom of the lengthy missive, was meant to address the obvious concern that blocking the counting of electoral votes ran the (infinitesimal) risk of derailing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who, by all objective accounts, had clearly won the race."
"Let me be clear," Cruz said in his speech after the insurrection. "I am not arguing for setting aside the result of this election."
On Thursday, Cruz was claiming the opposite.
"Wondering why you didn't do more to fight for President Trump on Jan. 6," Cruz was asked by a woman while campaigning for Glenn Youngkin in Virginia.
"Well, I led the objection but the Senate voted it down," Cruz replied.
"But you could have done more. I mean, we all know that Joe Biden didn't win this election," the woman falsely claimed. "I know in my heart of hearts that Joe Biden did not win this election."
"I led the fight," Cruz argued. "At the end of the day, you've got to have the votes on the floor of the Senate."
The newspaper's Philip Bump fact-checked the Texas Republican.
"Senator, this is not the claim you made on Jan. 6. On that day, you were very clear that you were not objecting to Biden's election but, instead, hoping to spend more time addressing the concerns of voters. You were very clear that you were not simply trying to enact the will of Trump's supporters by introducing a barrier to the counting of electoral votes. You said then that your desired outcome was solely to assuage the unfounded concerns of people like that woman in Virginia," Bump wrote. "When that woman approached him on Thursday, Cruz could have objected to her false claim that Biden didn't win. He could have clarified for her that his goal on Jan. 6 was simply to spend more time evaluating the sanctity of the vote, even though there was no reason to do so. But instead Cruz tried to leverage his actions that day in exactly the way that he'd always intended: they were his way to tell Trump voters that he'd fought on their behalf. And so he did."
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One decade after Donald Trump sought to delegitimize Barack Obama's presidency by pushing the racist birtherism conspiracy theory, Trump is now pushing a conspiracy theory against the new administration.
"Six months removed from his Election Day loss, Trump has emerged from his West Palm Beach hibernation — refashioning himself as the president of the Republican States of America and reshaping the party in ways both micro and macro," The Washington Post reported Friday.
"He has also privately revived his claims that he plans to run for president again in 2024, decrying what he views as the 'low ratings' of the Biden administration, said one person who has spoken with Trump recently," the newspaper reported. "He rails that President Biden is 'a disaster' and argues that 'Joe isn't in charge, everybody knows it's Kamala' — a preview of his likely message portraying Biden as an unwitting stooge of Vice President Harris, this person said. Nonetheless, Trump is not expected to make an official decision or announcement under after the midterm elections, an adviser said."
Trump could push his new conspiracy theory with fury generated by his rage at having more people vote against him than any president in American history.
"Trump's reappearance is fueled by an ego-driven desire to remain at the center of national attention, said former advisers and allies who are in touch with Trump," the newspaper reported. "The defeated ex-president is propelled primarily by a thirst for retribution, an insatiable quest for the spotlight and a desire to establish and maintain total dominance and control over the Republican base, said several former senior White House advisers."
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More than 45,000 people have volunteered to kill 12 bison in the Grand Canyon National Park, as part of a new program to manage the growing population of the animals, the National Park Service said Friday.
If their numbers grow too high, buffalo can damage park ecosystems such as vegetation and soil, NPS spokeswoman Kaitlyn Thomas told AFP.
Thomas said there was growing concern about "increased impacts on park resources such as water, vegetation, soils, archaeological sites and values such as visitor experience and wilderness character."
To protect the land, officials at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona came up with the idea of opening up the process -- known as "lethal removal" -- to volunteers from the public.
They received more than 45,000 applications in just two days, and selected an initial group of 25 names by drawing lots.
These will be vetted to make sure they meet the standards of marksmanship and physical fitness required to carry out the cull, and the final 12 will be selected by May 17.
All volunteers must be US citizens and have their own hunting rifle. Each person will be authorized to kill one bison each, and will not be allowed to use a motor vehicle to get about in the area of the cull, which is off-limits to cars.
The carcasses will be shared out among volunteers and "any parts not desired by volunteers will be transferred to the Tribal governments of GCNP's 11 traditionally associated tribes," the spokeswoman said.
"We expected a high number," said Thomas. "There was considerable interest when the lethal removal program was announced."
The "lethal removal" is not exactly a hunt, the park service said, because it is controlled by the park authorities themselves, and serves public as well as recreational interests.
Since 2019 the park has also been capturing excess bison and transferring them to other areas. Between 400 and 600 bison live in the northern part of the park. Within 10 years, the population is expected to triple to some 1,500 animals.
It is the first time such a program has been run in this particular park, Thomas said, although similar volunteer culls have been carried out in other national parks to prevent overpopulation by elk and goats.
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