Princeton debate club votes to strip Ted Cruz of prestigious honor for trying to overturn presidential election
“The nation’s oldest collegiate debate and political union voted to strip U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of its highest honor for his role in trying to overturn the November presidential election.
Princeton University’s American Whig-Cliosophic Society voted to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service awarded to Cruz, a member of the Class of 1992.
It was the first time that the society voted to take back the award, according to the Daily Princetonian, which first reported the decision.
The final decision on whether to revoke the award rests with the society’s board of trustees, the newspaper said.
The Texas Republican was one of a long list of distinguished men and womenwho have won the award since it was established in 1960. Other included U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 2020, Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., a 1986 graduate of Princeton, became the first African-American recipient of the award.
Cruz spokeswoman Erin Perrine declined comment.
In December, Cruz offered to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court a lawsuit brought by Texas and 17 other GOP-run states to throw out millions of ballots in four battleground states that Joe Biden carried. The suit was backed by a majority of House Republicans, including Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd Dist.
The court dismissed the lawsuit without hearing arguments.
Then on Jan. 6, Cruz helped lead the effort in the U.S. Senate to throw out state-certified electoral votes that went for Biden. That effort also failed, but not before supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to block the count. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officerfrom New Jersey.