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Mexico to Senator Cruz: At least our candidates accept defeat

Senator Ted Cruz accused Mexico of “undermining the rule of law,” and Mexico hit back Friday, saying that at least Mexican candidates admit defeat when they lose elections.

The exchange came after the Republican from Texas claimed there was “an escalation of civil unrest in Mexico and the breakdown of civil society, the breakdown of the rule of law.” Cruz was referring to the recent murders of journalists and politicians in Mexico.

“Without exception, all political parties have accepted the results and have taken on the task of strengthening our democracy and our freedom of expression,” wrote Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma.

It was a clear reference to Senator Cruz’s actions after the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, which left several deaths in the aftermath, hundreds of charges and millions of dollars in property damage.

Cruz was one of a handful of GOP senators who continued to defend former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud even after the riot and repeated court dismissals of challenges. Cruz voted against certification of the election results that night and said he had no ulterior motives about that vote.

Cruz is no stranger to controversies involving Mexico.

Cruz was criticized for taking his family to the Mexican resort town of Cancun in February 2021 as millions of Texans shivered in unheated homes after harsh winter conditions hit his state.

He cut short the trip to Cancun after footage circulated of him waiting at a Houston airport for his flight to the resort town. Millions of Texans had lost heat and running water, and at least 40 people in Texas died as a result of the storm. Cruz later said the trip was a mistake.

Mexican President Andés Manuel López Obrador himself has not always accepted the official results.

When the official vote tally showed he had lost the presidency in 2006 – albeit by a much narrower margin than Trump in 2020 – he rallied his supporters to block off a major boulevard in Mexico City for weeks and staged a inauguration of himself as “legitimate president”.

He accepted a sharper defeat in 2012 and easily won in 2018.

ABC News

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