Newly revealed tape of Ted Cruz has him telling Fox host to listen to 'actual facts' in 2020 coverage
Senator Ted Cruz speaking with attendees at the 2022 Student Action Summit. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was recorded in a call with Fox News and Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo urging her to stick to the facts in her coverage of the 2020 election.

"It can't just be, you know somebody tweeted this. It's got to be demonstrable facts that can be laid out with evidence because that's what a court of law is gonna look to, not just an allegation but actual facts," Cruz said in the tape that was given exclusively to MSNBC's Ari Melber on Thursday.

But Cruz went on to take another route, going to the floor of Congress to proclaim that lawmakers could not in good faith certify the 2020 election if there were questions about it.

"Let me be clear, I am not arguing for setting aside the result of this election. All of us are faced with two choices, both of which are lousy," Cruz told his colleagues. "One choice is vote against the objection. And tens of millions of Americans will see a vote against the objection as a statement that voter fraud doesn’t matter, isn’t real and shouldn’t be taken seriously. And a great many of us don’t believe that. On the other hand, most, if not all of us believe we should not set aside the results of an election just because our candidate may not have prevailed. And so I endeavored to look for door number three, a third option. And for that, I look to history to the precedent of the 1876 election, the Hayes Tilden election where this Congress appointed an electoral commission to examine claims of voter fraud, five house members, five senators, five Supreme Court justices, examined the evidence and rendered a judge judgment."

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Tape of Ted Cruz reveals he told Fox host to listen to 'actual facts' — but voted against 2020 cert