Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) encountered a man Thursday apparently trolling him for a video to upload onto social media platforms.
The Texas senator was exiting an airline at a Texas airport when a man recorded the lawmaker with his phone. Phone first, the Beto O’Rourke supporter tried mocking Cruz, voicing surprise the plane landed in Houston because he thought it was Cancun. It was an oblique reference to a vacation Cruz took last year during a severe power loss in Texas.
Video of the encounter was posted to a Twitter account using the screen name, “Beto for Everyone.”
Next, the provocateur used the tragic mass shooting event in a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school to score a cheap point.
“Senator, thank you for everything you’ve done since Uvalde,” the political filmmaker exclaimed. “All those podcast episodes must have raised a lot of money for you.”
The next political attack criticized Cruz’s vote against a federal gun control law that received legislative approval and was signed by President Biden in June.
Cruz noted he proposed a school safety bill that was blocked Wednesday by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) who accused Cruz of political theater. The Texas senator’s bill provided $15 billion to fund twice as many school resource officers, $10 billion for hiring 15,000 middle and high school mental health professionals and $2.56 billion to improve school campus security.
The O’Rourke supporter asked the Republican senator if he knew the names of any of the 19 students and two teachers killed in the May shooting rampage.
“I do,” Cruz replied, “and ask why Chris Murphy objected and stopped the biggest school safety bill that’s ever passed yesterday.”
As the Internet fame seeker talked over Cruz, even other passengers seemed fed up with his behavior, as one passenger can be heard telling him to let Cruz fly in peace.
“You don’t care about the facts,” Cruz said before turning and walking away, “you’re a partisan, that’s OK.”
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