Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia on Friday delivered what is most likely the harshest public words yet by a lawmaker against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his role in the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, telling Cruz “it’s not a f—ing game.”
Boyle’s pointed response was prompted after Cruz criticized President-elect Joe Biden for condemning him and President Trump of inciting the siege on Capitol Hill that killed at least five people, including a US Capitol Police officer.
“If he’s the only one saying it, that’s one thing,” Biden said, referring to Trump, to the press after a speech on Friday. “But the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is.”
“I think the American public has a real good clear look at who they are,” Biden added. “They’re part of the big lie.”
Cruz took offense to Biden’s comparison and described it on Twitter as “really sad.”
“At a time of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s choice to call his political opponents literal Nazis does nothing to bring us together or promote healing,” Cruz said. “This kind of vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart.”
Boyle responded to Cruz on Twitter, telling him to “just stop.”
“You know better. I know you know better,” Boyle tweeted. “It’s not a f—— game. Five people were killed. What the f— is it going to take for you to end this s—,” Boyle added. “How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices?”
Dear @tedcruz – Just stop. You know better. I know you know better. It’s not a fucking game. 5 people were killed. What the fuck is it going to take for you to end this shit? How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices? https://t.co/Hc1LQGNuhs
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) January 9, 2021
Cruz declined a request for comment on Friday evening.