Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is once again trying to be funny on Twitter.
And, as usual, it has completely blown up in his face.
The Texas lawmaker attempted to pithily criticize Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris' handling of the migrant issues at the Mexican border with a tweeted Monty Python clip. But given his recent scandals, the clip was so easy to turn back around on Cruz one wonders what he was even thinking.
Folks on Twitter wasted no time roasting him to a crisp.
In his tweet, Cruz mentioned what he called Harris' "old leadership style" in her handling of the southern border issues, followed by a gif from Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which a group of knights scurry away from a cave while yelling "Run away! Run away!"
The implication was Harris is simply ignoring the border crisis and running away from the problem. Harris has been the subject of a wave of criticism from conservatives for supposed inaction on a recent surge in migrant arrivals from Central America at the United States-Mexico border.
The criticism isn't exactly fair.
Harris explicitly stated her focus will be in helping to alleviate the problems compelling migrants to flee their home countries in the first place, rather than stopping them from coming into the USA or detaining or removing them once they arrive. The former is a longterm solution while the latter is a temporary bandage on a gaping wound.
But that's all really beside the point, because love him or hate him, Cruz should be the last person to criticize someone for "running away" from a problem.
Cruz is still dealing with blowback from the incident back in February when he was caught fleeing to sunny Cancun while a freak winter storm crippled his state's energy infrastructure. That disaster left millions of Texans to languish for days in the cold without heat or electricity, resulting in at least 151 deaths. You know what they say about glass houses and all.
And Twitter was at the ready to point out Cruz's continued hypocrisy.
Subsequent independent analysis of the official death toll from the storm Cruz fled revealed it is almost certainly orders of magnitude higher, possibly as high as 978 deaths.
Cruz might want to cool it with the snarky tweets.