Sen. Cruz minced no words calling the attack an act of “domestic terrorism” and he urged Department of Justice to investigate the attack in a statement he tweeted:
“It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville. The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.
The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.
These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’”
Lipton tried to belittle the senator’s condemnation of white nationalists as mere political “posturing,” although as the Daily Caller noted Lipton “offered no evidence to support that claim”:
Sorry to be cynical, but most of all Rubio and Ted Cruz to me seem mostly to be doing a tremendous job of posturing for 2020.
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) August 13, 2017
Cruz replied with pitch perfect tweets:
In case you are not aware, Cruz and Rubio are Cuban-American
As RedState’s Caleb Howe put it, Cruz should teach Twitter Republicans how to use Twitter.