Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got an education on climate change on Thursday after he tried to make fun of Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke.
Cruz shared a tweet bashing a clip of O'Rourke from CNN's town hall on climate change in which O'Rourke discusses a conversation he had with his 8-year-old son about how El Paso wouldn't be able to sustain human life for much longer unless something drastic changes.
To Cruz, the notion seemed ridiculous since El Paso is "land-locked."
Um, El Paso is land-locked. https://t.co/ORXqu5ojCz— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1567709359.0
He then went a step further by sharing a GIF of Kevin Costner in Waterworld.
Beto next year in El Paso.... https://t.co/BDWVJ2LyYz— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1567709544.0
But Cruz's attempt at mocking O'Rourke ended up being a total self-own as it became clear that he doesn't know how climate change works.
So Twitter took the opportunity to drag him.
Namely for thinking that climate change somehow supposedly only affects coastal areas.
@tedcruz thank god only coastal cities experience weather— miles klee 🌲 (@miles klee 🌲) 1567717162.0
@tedcruz Climate change doesn't just affect areas near the water...— DPW 🌹 - Keeping the status quo = privilege (@DPW 🌹 - Keeping the status quo = privilege) 1567709504.0
@tedcruz Ted, do you think the only effect of climate change is related to sea levels rising, or are you just a liar?— Cody Johnston (@Cody Johnston) 1567713965.0
@tedcruz Shows you know NOTHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. Doesn’t have to near water to be UNInhabitable— #AssistPersistEnlist #LetsGetToWork #IHaveAPlan (@#AssistPersistEnlist #LetsGetToWork #IHaveAPlan) 1567762986.0
Or that climate change only means rising sea levels.
@tedcruz I also hear there are parts of Texas where you can fry an egg not he sidewalk in summer. Imagine what it w… https://t.co/CagCcFhcD9— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette) 1567720122.0
@tedcruz Right. Climate change doesn't happen in the desert. Just ask the people living in the Sahel. In case you… https://t.co/elGz1YcGLj— 😷ProgressNow, M.A.😷 (@😷ProgressNow, M.A.😷) 1567745166.0
@tedcruz You do realize extreme heat is a consequence of Global Climate Change? Has been the hottest summer on reco… https://t.co/by8s2mVz96— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊) 1567742158.0
After his tweet went viral, Cruz decided to weigh back in Friday afternoon to try to deflect from all the responses from "triggered lefties," asserting that El Paso "is lovely, thriving & growing" despite what anyone says.
Reading the responses here from triggered Lefties is really funny. Not based on science or data, just screaming “El… https://t.co/CG5Ic6gmwT— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1567786109.0
You got us there, Ted.
@tedcruz Ted Cruz is a good reminder that getting an Ivy League education doesn't mean you're actually smart.— Pé (@Pé) 1567727757.0