Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is known for many things but his movie analysis is not one of them.
During an episode of his podcast on Monday, February 1, Cruz bizarrely compared environmentalists to Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The comparison, which was possibly intended to show conservatives are mistreated by the media or perhaps was meant to demonstrate the left's supposed hypocrisy, came out as pure nonsense no one quite understood.
Cruz, while making wild claims about liberal environmental goals and potential effects on American workers, went into a slight tangent, saying:
"What is interesting, and 'Endgame' is curious, have you noticed in how many movies, how often rabid environmentalists are the bad guys? Whether it's Thanos, or go to 'Watchmen,' where the view of the left is people are a disease."
"They buy into the Malthusian line that there are too many people in the world, that people are bad, and everything would be better if we had fewer people. I mean, Thanos wanted to eliminated 50% of the life-forms in the universe with one finger snapping."
Sen Ted Cruz: "Have you noticed in how many movies how often rabid environmentalists are the bad guys? Whether it's… https://t.co/cCbJmquPhL— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1612220841.0
Twitter struggled to wrap their head around Cruz's statement.
AOC made news tonight for accusing Ted Cruz of conspiring to kill her, and Ted Cruz made news for whining about tv shows.— Lila Byock (@Lila Byock)1612240685.0
@JasonSCampbell So the left is represented by Thanos? But the people who made the movie are liberals who made the… https://t.co/Dj5BZvSt9i— chairface (@chairface)1612221112.0
Ted Cruz just compared Democrats to Thanos, but remind me who tried to make the votes of more than half of America… https://t.co/i0iLpPuXXo— Filup⚡️Molina (@Filup⚡️Molina)1612243419.0
Many people were not fond of Cruz's analysis of Thanos as an "environmentalist."
Lol Thanos at best represent Malthusian theory not environmentalism. But of course Ted Cruz wouldn't even understand basic political theory
— Dakota Floyd (@Dakota__Floyd) February 2, 2021
Thanos...was an environmentalist? Were you dropped on your head? It’s obvious now: Ted Cruz is running for Preside… https://t.co/rjhNCfOJGu— Douglas Moran (@Douglas Moran)1612275730.0
@JasonSCampbell It seems like Ted Cruz has fundamentally misunderstood the films about which he is talking, along w… https://t.co/tr8ReU3sSc— MaxII (@MaxII)1612275614.0
If there's a point within Cruz's statement, it's hidden far beneath the surface.
So Thanos, a guy who snapped his fingers and killed half the world - would also support limits on Carbon Emissions?… https://t.co/vzWt0dYnfO— Tony Bro (@Tony Bro)1612274815.0
Ted Cruz thinks Thanos was in environmentalist WTF https://t.co/sLipGq1Pda— Allison the disney Diva (@Allison the disney Diva)1612275610.0
Does Ted Cruz think that thanos was... the good guy?— Andrew Jara (@Andrew Jara)1612275454.0
If Hollywood liberals are the wild environmentalists Cruz is denouncing, why would they make Thanos (also an environmentalist in his mind) the bad guy?
I wish Thanos could snap his fingers and make Ted Cruz go away https://t.co/huBrawmd4U— ɱıƈɧɛƖƖ🖤🎉 (@ɱıƈɧɛƖƖ🖤🎉)1612275107.0
Thanos: * snaps half the universe out of existence * Ted Cruz, disintegrating: SO MUCH FOR THE TOLERANR LEFT https://t.co/foy9OkQLgB— Barred and Boujee (@Barred and Boujee)1612274720.0
@ChrisWarcraft I don't think I've ever seen someone misread Thanos' character as badly as Ted Cruz.— Nick Fox (@Nick Fox)1612228041.0
There are many other villains who might have fit Cruz's point better.
Ted Cruz seriously went with Thanos and Watchmen as leftist villains when Poison Ivy is like... right there. https://t.co/a8buhoin6F— Dr. Julie Johnston 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (@Dr. Julie Johnston 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈)1612287153.0
THANOS????????????? TED CRUZ WAS ON THANOS' SIDE https://t.co/BsLwkEPL8x— caitlin (@caitlin)1612298421.0
To be fair to Senator Cruz, Avengers: Endgame is a very long movie and its easy to get confused about what's going on with so many characters.