2021 has been rough for Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
First, January was a public relations nightmare for Cruz, owing back to Cruz's conduct throughout November and December, when he repeatedly echoed former President Donald Trump's false claims President Joe Biden didn't win the election despite garnering over 7 million more votes and 74 more electoral votes.
So when the Capitol insurrection occurred on January 6, it was clear to many Cruz was complicit. He faced climbing anger for weeks following the attack on Democracy. Many even called for him to be censured, expelled or resign.
Now February doesn't seem to be going a whole lot better for him. His recent comments regarding an NBA Black History Month ceremony launched him into the cross hairs of people all over Twitter, Indy 100 reported.
Cruz immediately slammed both the league and Turner Network Television (TNT), who broadcast the game, for injecting partisanship into their celebratory on-screen banner.
He noted that Obama, Abrams, and Harris are all Democrats. Cruz then listed the names of Republican Black figures: Tim Scott, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Clarence Thomas.
Am watching the Rockets play tonight. For the second night in a row, here’s how NBA/TNT honors Black History Month:… https://t.co/Ykat0IMj1j— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1613098425.0
That tweet immediately ignited backlash.
People were baffled Cruz had the gall to weigh in at all.
Critics explained just how not equivalent Cruz's proposed alternate list was.
And that Cruz apparently missed when Powell castigated then left the GOP.
And yeah https://t.co/IxmRngkfL5— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1613106439.0
@tedcruz Are you high? Obama was the first Black POTUS. Harris is the first Black and female VP. Stacey Abrams was… https://t.co/sXDpufYEry— Victoria Brownworth (@Victoria Brownworth) 1613108918.0
Others took the opportunity to blast Cruz for what they deemed a history of not supporting Black people.
@tedcruz Ted, I'm very sorry this is how you had to find out that black people hate you.— Max Berger (@Max Berger) 1613100029.0
@atrupar @Squirrel1110 Ted Cruz should never, ever comment on Black History Month. In any context. At no time. Period.— Gringo (@Gringo) 1613106519.0
@tedcruz When have you EVER honored/recognized Black History Month? You literally just tried to disenfranchise mil… https://t.co/RIl1vRUDGO— Joni A. Caufield (@Joni A. Caufield) 1613107238.0
There is no reporting that suggests anybody anywhere plans to give Ted Cruz the reins for planning a celebration of Black History Month anytime soon.
And now, thanks to Twitter, we have a public record of exactly why that is.