Minnesota's junior senator is calling on two of her colleagues to step down over the events that led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.
On Saturday, Sen. Tina Smith (D) tweeted that senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) should resign "immediately" for choosing "to undermine our democracy and feed the big lie that the election was stolen":
Smith is not alone in this. Cruz and Hawley are facing growing pressure to resign — from their colleagues as well as others — following their effort to contest President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory.
As Forbes notes, this effort to object to the election certification continued even after rioters stormed the capitol building — a development that "caused other Republicans to walk back their support."
Both senators are now dealing with the fallout in their home states as well. On Friday, the Houston Chronicle editorial board blamed Cruz for the storming of the capitol, saying, "if you hadn’t staged this absurd challenge to the 2020 results in the first place."
Hawley saw a book deal with Simon & Schuster fall through, while his mentor, former Missouri Sen. John Danforth (R), publicly disavowed him, saying supporting Hawley was “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.”
Condemnations are also coming from their own caucus, with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse slamming Cruz and Hawley's effort as a "stunt" and a "terrible, terrible idea."
The capitol riot left five people dead, including one police officer, and dozens injured. It also resulted in President Donald Trump's suspension from twitter, while a second impeachment effort is underway.