Everything you need to know about the bizarre Twitter spat between Ted Cruz and Ron Pearlman

Isobel van Hagen
Tuesday 16 June 2020 13:30
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In a very bizarre and hard-to-follow interaction on Twitter, Ted Cruz — the conservative US senator from Texas — challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match with the US representative Jim Jordan because... why not?

Cruz predicted the "Sons of Anarchy" and "Hellboy" star couldn't last five minutes with the former collegiate athlete and coach.

The challenge came after Perlman and representative Matt Gaetz got into a Twitter spat earlier this week after US Soccer repealed a rule that requires all players to stand during the anthem.

During the argument, Perlman post a photo of Jordan, and said, "You’re lucky for this guy Matt. If it weren’t for him you’d be the ugliest politician walking."

At this point, Cruz fired back:

"I’ll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn’t last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?"

(Side note, In 2018 Jim Jordan was accused of neglecting college wrestlers' decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by their Ohio State University team doctor. He denied the claims against him.)

Perlman responded before saying he would wrestle Cruz while offering to donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter.

The back-and-forth came all began after Gaetz tweeted last week that he'd "rather the U.S. not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem."

President Donald Trump agreed with him.

No one really understood why this was happening, and the rhetoric got progressively strange.

We're all happy to see politicians debating the important issues.

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