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Tucker Carlson tells Ted Cruz, 'I just don't believe you' after he walks back 'terrorist attack' comment

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Sen. Ted Cruz appeared Thursday on Tucker Carlson Tonight to defend his comments about the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol building. Leading up to the one-year anniversary of the insurrection, the Texas Republican had described the incident as “an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the men and women who serve in this Capitol.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson took exception to Cruz’s words, challenging the senator to defend himself while appearing on the highly rated cable news show.

“The way I phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy and frankly dumb,” Cruz said. “I wasn't saying the thousands of peaceful protesters supporting Donald Trump are somehow terrorists. I didn't say the millions of patriots cross-country supporting Trump are terrorists.”

Carlson, who has repeatedly downplayed the events of that day, took issue with the senator labeling the rioters as terrorists, calling Cruz a liar for saying that. So Cruz appeared to walk back his earlier statements.

“Wait, wait, wait, can I just ask?” Carlson asked. “I guess I just don't believe you. And I mean that with respect, because I have such respect for your acuity and your precision.”

Carlson continued his revisionist history of the attacks, to the point in which he and Cruz came to an impasse.

“It would be ridiculous for me to be saying that the people standing up, protesting to follow the law, are somehow terrorists,” Cruz said. “And you and I both agree, if you attack a cop you should go to jail.”

“Yeah, but you are not a terrorist,” Carlson responded.

Tucker Carlson Tonight airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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