In an essay for the conservative website The Bulwark, Amanda Carpenter argued the evidence of Cruzâ€™s â€œradicalizationâ€ as he apologized for calling the Donald Trump-incited U.S. Capitol riot a â€œviolent terrorist attackâ€ was actually far more frightening.
Carpenter said she understood â€œthe urge to dunk on Cruzâ€ but that â€œwhat happened on Carlsonâ€™s show is more than just an example of Cruzâ€™s weaselly pleading being worthy of a laugh. Itâ€™s ultimately not funny at all.â€
â€œCruz once strove to convey that he cared about justice and truth. He used to believe that violence was violence, and that the rule of law (and the rules of language) should be equally applied,â€ she continued.
But that is â€œno longer the case,â€ Carpenter lamented. â€œWhat he did on Jan. 6th himself last year and what he said on Carlsonâ€™s show last week goes far beyond pandering. Cruzâ€™s humiliation is hardly the point. His radicalization is far more frightening.â€