- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a single word to describe protesters across the country who refuse to accept the results of the U.S. presidential election — “idiots.”

A “Fox & Friends” appearance Thursday morning with Mr. Cruz eventually delved into the days of protest that have roiled New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The senator, who met Tuesday with the president-elect in Trump Tower in New York, said left-wing activists were hypocrites for once worrying whether the Republican nominee would accept a loss to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“This is hypocrisy on rank display,” Mr. Cruz said, Yahoo News reported. “All of the folks who jumped on their high horse and were lecturing to President-elect Trump, ‘You’ve got to accept the results of the election’ — look, these are now the idiots protesting in the street, laying their bodies down in front of cars and disrupting traffic.”

Mr. Cruz added that “the people spoke,” and Mr. Trump won.

“Democracy is a powerful, powerful way of choosing,” the senator said. “And I think Americans across this country — this is across the line of Republicans, of Democrats, of independents, of Libertarians — I think Americans are excited about the opportunity to have an administration that actually protects our rights.”

The Texan’s words about accepting defeat come from recent experience. His Republican primary battle against Mr. Trump was so contentious that his father was even linked — without evidence — to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

“I don’t know his father,” Mr. Trump said at an Ohio rally after accepting the Republican nomination in July. “I met him once. I think he’s a lovely guy. All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

Mr. Cruz told Fox News on Tuesday that he is “eager to work with the new president in any capacity” that involves defending the U.S. Constitution.

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