It’s fair to say that politicians will have the odd gaffe from time-to-time, but for Republican senator, Ted Cruz, this year has been terrible... and we’re only four months in.
From fanning the flames of the Capitol insurrection, to scarpering on vacation amid a one-in-a-century storm for his state, we felt that a timeline was called for to chronicle his disastrous first quarter.
Jan 6: The Capitol Insurrection
Cruz played a role in amplifying the false claims of voter fraud by objecting to the ceremonial counting of Electoral College Votes.
Rhetoric, which drove the violent insurrection at the Capitol where five people died and more than 140 people were injured.
The Texas Senator later denied any responsibility and aimed the blame solely at President Trump.
“Look, I think he plainly bears some responsibility,” Cruz said to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth . “At the end of the day, criminals are responsible for their own conduct and the terrorists who conducted that attack, they bear the responsibility. But I think his angry rhetoric was reckless, and I think it was harmful.”
Several Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Patty Murray, Chris Coons, Sherrod Brown, and Sheldon Whitehouse, called on Cruz to resign.
Jan 11: Outrage at being compared to Nazis backfired after old speech resurfaced
Less than a week later, Cruz attempted to slam then president-elect Joe Biden for comparing right-wing tactics to Nazi propaganda, though Biden never explicitly used any of those terms.
Really sad. At a time of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s choice to call his political opponents lit… https://t.co/O0FJ9AAGnk
“Neville Chamberlain told the British people: ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they will dominate the continent of Europe, but that is not our problem. Let’s appease them. Why? Because it can’t be done. We cannot possibly stand against them.’
Jan 21: The bizarre Twitter rant about Paris
Then of course, came the odd ‘Trump style’ Twitter rant where Cruz failed to grasp that the Paris Climate Agreement wasn’t in fact, just for the people of Paris...
By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citize… https://t.co/cFjZu8k2z7
Mar 29: Mocked for hiding in bushes on US-Mexico border
After fleeing his home the month before, Cruz ironically posted a video of himself to his 4.4 million followers from the banks of the Rio Grande river, demonising those who were attempting to get across the US border.
Live footage from the banks of the Rio Grande.
In the clip, Cruz claimed: “On the other side of the river is Mexico. On the other side of the river, we have been listening to and seeing Cartel members. Human traffickers, right on the other side of the river.”
Twitter users quickly began to mock Cruz for hiding in the bushes:
When you dress up as both Han Solo and Chewie. https://t.co/JynG7xyrv2