Ted Cruz blasted President Biden’s pick to be associate attorney general before the Senate votes on Vanita Gupta’s confirmation. Throughout her confirmation hearings, multiple Republican lawmaker’s voiced concern over Gupta’s past tweets about GOP lawmakers saying her rhetoric shows she is not the right person to hold the DOJ position. Gupta apologized for the comments and vowed to be ‘strictly nonpartisan’ & said she wouldn’t engage in this rhetoric going forward.” Turns to it was all just talk as Gupta just liked a tweet comparing Nikki Haley to a snake, which caused Cruz to call out the behavior.
Fox News reports:
“During her hearing, Vanita Gupta said she regretted her ‘harsh rhetoric,’ pledged to be ‘strictly nonpartisan’ & said she wouldn’t engage in this rhetoric going forward,” the Texas Republican wrote on Twitter. She’s since liked a tweet calling @NikkiHaley a snake. Gupta’s talk is cheap. She is a partisan ideologue.”
He coupled the tweet with a screenshot showing Gupta favorited a tweet that said, “I can’t see Nikki Haley’s forked tongue in this shot.”
Republicans had raised numerous complaints over her past remarks. “I regret the harsh rhetoric that I have used at times in the last several years. Perhaps, I think, the rhetoric has gotten quite harsh over the last several years and I have fallen prey to it and I wish I could take it back,” Gupta said when asked to explain her comments.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also raised concerns. “Her Twitter feed has painted Republicans with a broad brush, describing our national convention last year as three nights of quote-unquote ‘racism, xenophobia, and outrageous lies,'” Grassley said. “How many of our colleagues in this room were there? Of course Ms. Gupta has in fact launched Twitter attacks on some of them directly. Will that kind of partisan political advocacy affect her legal advocacy in her role where she represents all Americans?”
Gupta’s nomination advanced out of committee on a tie vote, soon the full Senate will vote on her confirmation.