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Ted Cruz’s communications director resigns as fallout from Capitol riot continues

Her resignation reportedly is a response to the Texas senator’s efforts to overturn the election results.

Blowback from Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to derail President-elect Biden’s election continues as his communications director, Lauren Blair Bianchi, resigned from his staff Monday in wake of the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol last week.

“I’m grateful to Senator Cruz for the opportunity and wish him and his first-rate staff nothing but the best,” Bianchi said in a statement to Punchbowl News after the Capitol riot egged on by false claims of election fraud championed by President Donald Trump and peddled by Cruz.

Bianchi has been a Cruz aide for the past 18 months. She did not respond to a request for comment, but she reportedly was “unhappy with the direction the office had taken,” according to The New York Times.

“Senator Cruz and Lauren agreed that it would be best to part ways,” Cruz’s office said in a statement to The Times. “He thanks her for her service and wishes her the best.”

Bianchi was previously the communications director for Budget Committee Republicans and the press secretary for the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Cruz, along with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, formally challenged President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory last week, enforcing false claims of election fraud, even as a violent mob breached the Capitol. Cruz maintained that even after knowing the mob would breach the Capitol, he would still have objected to the election results.

Critics have called for Cruz to resign, accusing him of abetting sedition and insurrection, as Cruz has tried to distance himself from the president’s rhetoric and the violence from the mob that stormed the Capitol last week. He has called on mob participants to be prosecuted.

Bianchi, acting as a spokeswoman for Cruz after the breach last Wednesday, said, “in no way would Sen. Cruz ever condone” the violence at the Capitol.

Other former Cruz staffers have spoken out against him following the violence at the Capitol.

Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign chair, Chad Sweet, denounced the Texan in a statement Friday and accused him of assisting an “assault on our democracy.”

“Donald Trump and those who aided and abetted him in his relentless assault on our Democracy — including Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz — must be denounced,” Sweet said. “In particular, I made it clear to Senator Cruz, whom I have known for years, before the Joint Session of Congress, that if he proceeded to object to the Electoral count of the legitimate slates of delegates certified by the States, I could no longer support him.”

Cruz argued that debating election integrity on the Senate floor “has nothing to do with criminal terrorist assault” in an interview with KXAS-TV (NBC5) on Friday.

Amanda Carpenter, former Cruz communications director from 2013 to 2015 and a CNN contributor, said she doesn’t recognize the Texan anymore.

“He has to come to terms with the fact that he, through his actions, directly played into the hands of the mob,” Carpenter said.

Cruz’s office did not comment when asked if more staffers are planning to resign.

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Elizabeth Thompson, Washington Correspondent. Elizabeth Thompson covers politics for The Dallas Morning News. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with double majors in journalism and vocal performance. She has also worked for PolitiFact NC and the Raleigh News & Observer.

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