Don’t take my word for it, take the word of the rioters:
“I think [Ted] Cruz would want us to do this, so I think we’re good,” one of the Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol said, as he rifled through the Senator’s desk. Watch footage recorded by Luke Mogelson as he reported on the insurrection. https://t.co/HkNBwOFV1X— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) January 17, 2021
One of the many reasons that the behavior of Cruz and Hawley cannot be defended is that many of their supporters do not know that they are cynical liars. And even for those who are in on it at a certain point the line between mutual kayfabe and real insurrection blurs into nothing.