Op-Ed: I taught Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz in law school. Clearly they didn’t pay attention

With their phony legal arguments and pandering to Trump’s baseless claims, Cruz and Hawley’s bad behavior sets a bad precedent.

Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Sen. Josh Hawley, right. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

As Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said, accountability for the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol to disrupt Congress’s Electoral College count rests not only with President Donald Trump, but also with those who “object(ed) to the results of a legitimate, democratic election.” Romney was referring to, among others, Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), both alumni of my Legislation classes at Yale and Harvard Law Schools.

The Ivy Leaguers irresponsibly magnified the president’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud — but they tried to deepen that bogus indictment by pandering to those who “believe the election that just occurred, quote, was rigged,” as Cruz put it, and with smart-sounding legal arguments criticizing judges and the legal process. They know the process worked normally because I taught them how the process works. Neither had a single constitutional or statutory point that had not been examined and rejected by a bipartisan bevy of judges and administrators.

Source: USA Today Supplemental, The Hill