The Road to Sedition: Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton Must Resign Now

Texas Senator, Attorney General Conspiracy-Mongering Fuel Violent Anti-Democracy Riots, Attacks on the Constitution


Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez today called on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to resign their offices immediately for helping fuel the unhinged conspiracies that have led to today’s pro-Trump chaos and violence in the nation’s capital.

“The only thing that makes the violent attacks on our democracy and our Constitution worse today is that two of our state’s highest elected officials helped fuel them with their conspiracy mongering,” Benavidez said. “They have lit the road to sedition by undermining faith in our democracy to promote their personal and political agendas. Doing so is especially appalling when it incites violence from those who seek to subvert a legal election. All Texans, and especially the millions of Texans of all ages and from all communities who turned out to vote in historic numbers during a deadly pandemic, deserve far better leaders than these self-serving politicians.”

Federal courts rejected Attorney General Paxton’s lawsuit seeking to overturn presidential election results in key states won by Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November. Paxton has been under state indictment for securities fraud and is reportedly the target of a federal investigation in a separate case, raising questions about whether he is angling for a pardon from defeated Pres. Donald Trump. Sen. Cruz, a potential candidate for the White House in 2024 who lost his race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, has led efforts by congressional Republicans to object to certifying electoral votes from several states won by Biden. Both Paxton and Cruz have pointed to unfounded charges of electoral fraud in Biden’s election victory.


The Texas Freedom Network is a grassroots organization of religious and community leaders and young Texans building an informed and effective movement for equality and social justice.