For a brief, fleeting moment this week, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) actually managed to grow a spine and admit that the January 6 attack on the Capitol had indeed been a “violent, terrorist attack.”

“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz said. “And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives for the Capitol.”

Those remarks didn’t sit well with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who slammed Cruz:

“He described January 6th as a violent terrorist attack. Of all the things January 6th was, it was definitely not a violent terrorist attack. It wasn’t an insurrection. Was it a riot? Sure. It was not a violent terrorist attack. Sorry! So why are you telling us it was, Ted Cruz?

“What the hell’s going on here? You’re making us think, maybe the Republican Party is as worthless as we suspected it was. That can’t be true. Reassure us, please, Ted Cruz.”

Did Cruz stand his ground and stick by his comments? Of course not! As he’s done countless times in the past, Cruz backed down and appeared on Carlson’s show Thursday evening, all but groveling as he told the host:

“The way I phrased things … it was sloppy and it was, frankly, dumb.”

That wasn’t enough for Carlson, who countered:

“I don’t buy that! I’ve known you a long time since before you went to the Senate! You were a Supreme Court contender! You take words as seriously as any man who’s served in the Senate! And you repeated that phrase — I do not believe you used it accidentally.”

Of course, Cruz’s pathetic behavior should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention since Cruz was first elected to the Senate. After all, Cruz allowed former President Donald Trump to call his wife, Heidi, ugly and suggest that the senator’s father might have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Even though Trump had said those things, Cruz still heartily endorsed him at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

It wasn’t long before Cruz became the topic du jour on Twitter for his flip-flopping:

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