The Mexican government shot back at Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz saying that candidates accept defeat after Cruz accused Mexico of “undermining the rule of law.”
Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week about the recent killings of journalists and politicians in Mexico, Cruz said there was “deepening civil unrest in Mexico and the breakdown there of civil society, the breakdown of the rule of law.”
Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S. Esteban Moctezuma responded to Cruz on Friday saying politicians in their country acknowledge when they lost an election.
“You spoke about a ‘breakdown of the rule of law’. I invite you to study what happened in our federal elections last June. All political parties, with no exception, accepted the results and kept moving forward to strengthen our democracy and freedom of expression,” Moctezuma said.
Mexico’s President Andés Manuel López Obrador also slammed Cruz in a statement.
“If he praised me, I might start thinking we weren’t doing things right,” López Obrador said. “But if he says we are wrong, well that for me is something to be proud of.”
Cruz led a group of GOP senators in an effort to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election based on false claims of voter fraud and tried to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in Congress on Jan. 6. Cruz continued to try blocking the certification of election results even after the pro-Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.