9 January 2021
The Honorable Ted Cruz
United States Senator for Texas
United States Senate
404 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Cruz:
I am a proud American patriot who, over the course of my 34 years, five months of government service, have taken three times the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The first time was upon my military enlistment. The second was during my reenlistment. The third and final time was upon my entry into the federal civil service.
I am therefore disheartened, angered, and totally disgusted with you for so totally and completely abrogating the oath you took to do the same. You have disgraced not only the oath I took with such solemnity on those three occasions, but you have also disgraced your position in the United States Senate, the Great State of Texas, yourself, and even your family.
Despite your post-insurrection proclamations to the contrary, you knew to be false the election conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience. You had to know. You were advised as such by Attorney General William P. Barr, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and myriad other federal sources that were well acquainted with the facts.
You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised as such by the Secretaries of State for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised by legitimate news sources in both print and broadcast media.
And yet, knowing all that, you chose to give credence to contemptable and dangerous falsehoods that were all but guaranteed to incite violence.
You did so not out of any real conviction that there was validity to what you were telling potentially violent insurrectionists. Rather, you chose to do so to gain political capital with President Donald J. Trump’s base. You chose to fund raise on misinformation you knew to be false. You chose to peddle falsehoods to the gullible — those who obtain their “information” from social media, bogus sources such as Newsmax and OANN, and media hosts such as Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and others who intentionally mislead their audiences for profit.
You, sir, had a duty to correct this misinformation rather than propagate it. That duty was not only to yourself and your family, but also to your constituents, to your oath, to your position in the United States Senate, to our country, and to the Constitution of the United States of America. You chose to disregard all that for political expediency and personal gain.
I fully understand this correspondence will fall upon deaf ears, for this is far from the first time you have prostituted yourself publicly for personal political gain. But I live in vain hope that perhaps these words will one day reach into that fathomless, dark pit of your heartless, mercenary soul. I pray that you will one day self-assess your actions of this past week and take note of the damage you have heaped upon this country, both domestically and internationally.
Your actions directly benefitted our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Five people lie dead. Our beloved Capitol was desecrated. Our international reputation lies in tatters, destined in our lifetimes to never again return to what it was even one week, ago. And all this lies at your feet, the feet of Donald J. Trump, the feet of Senator Josh Hawley, and others who chose to betray their oaths and, in so doing, disgrace themselves for all time.
If you had even an ounce of self-respect remaining, you would resign. Alas, both you and I know that self-respect, a sense of duty, and an obligation to your country are virtues that your parents obviously failed to instill in you.
R. Doug Wicker