Ted Cruz tells students Texas may try to secede

Is Texas planning on seceding? Not yet, according to Senator Ted Cruz, but that could change if “things become hopeless” in the U.S. Cruz’s resurfaced remarks were made last month when he spoke to students at Texas A&M University. 

While at the event, a student asked Cruz what the state’s plan would be if state officials wanted to secede. Cruz said he’s “not there yet” with such plans because the state is preventing the country from “going off the cliff.” 

“I think Texas has a responsibility to the country and I’m not ready to give up on America. I love this country,” Cruz said. “Look, Texas, we’re brash, we’re not shy, we’re sometimes larger than life, but Texas right now is an amazing force keeping America from going off the cliff, keeping America grounded on the values that built this country, on the values of freedom.”

But, he added, a secession could happen if Democrats “fundamentally destroy the country.” 

“If they pack the Supreme Court, if they make D.C. a state, if they federalize elections and massively expand voter fraud, there may come a point where it’s hopeless,” Cruz said. “We’re not there yet. And if there comes a point where it’s hopeless, then I think we take NASA, we take the military, we take the oil.” 

The host of the talk, Michael Knowles, then asked Cruz if Texas would take Joe Rogan, whom they had been discussing earlier for taking ivermectin to treat coronavirus. The anti-parasitic drug has been unproven to do so. 

“Joe Rogan, he might be the president of Texas,” Cruz joked. 

Throughout the discussion, Cruz and other participants defended Christopher Columbus, saying he was not responsible for genocide or mass deaths that occurred in the Americas, and applauded NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

While Cruz’s comments were light-hearted, the prospect of a Texas secession is not new. 

Over the summer, the Texas Nationalist Movement launched a “Texit” campaign to secure votes to get a secession on the state’s primary ballots in 2022. More than 422,000 people have signed a petition for it to be on the ballot, according to the movement’s website, which says such an action would mean “for the first time in our lives we control our own destiny.”

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