A new recruitment video from the CIA has been making the rounds on Twitter due to its focus on inclusivity and diversity within the agency.
The short video, which highlights a Latina officer, also had conservative critics online complaining it went too far in trying to portray the agency as "woke."
Of course, Twitter could always count on Republican Senator Ted Cruz to come up with the dumbest take on any particular subject.
Ted Cruz was predictably against the recruitment video, noting online there's no way it would strike fear into the hearts of our enemies. Cruz then nostalgically remembered the good ole' days of the CIA, when we recruited men like Jason Bourne.
Jason Bourne, most people know, is the fictional main character of the Bourne films starring Matt Damon.
If you’re a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un...would this scare you? We’ve come a long way… https://t.co/TK6SdICtD3— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1620095105.0
Twitter wasted no time in mocking Cruz for his take, which was pretty disconnected from reality.
1) Jason Bourne is a fictional character 2) The president you shilled for is Kim Jong Un’s best buddy and said they… https://t.co/q6S6w0eKos— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1620096615.0
Jason Bourne is fictional as well as James Bond in case you are wondering. https://t.co/a2VGDpPcxe— Ruben Gallego (@Ruben Gallego)1620097534.0
Hey, moron: “Jason Bourne” is imaginary - like your conscience https://t.co/lAfPbP7RAl— Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann)1620110828.0
Ted Cruz's choice to reference Jason Bourne was not only mocked because Bourne is fictional, but also because Cruz chose a White male to embody the "perfect" CIA agent.
@tedcruz You know Jason Bourne is fictional, right? The CIA has to recruit real people. Resign.— TedCruzMustResign (@TedCruzMustResign)1620095318.0
@tedcruz If a secret agent scares the people they are trying to spy on, isn't that counterproductive, Senator? (Ja… https://t.co/laaxRlx6ym— Joseph Nobles (@Joseph Nobles)1620096666.0
@tedcruz It's not supposed to "scare" anyone, Ted. But it sure sounds like it scares the hell out of you. Also, Ja… https://t.co/HD9yWoQBJG— #MedicareforAllNOW (@#MedicareforAllNOW)1620103717.0
The CIA, which has operations running all over the world—including places where a White male would stand out instead of blending in—values diversity.
One trait the agency has never put a lot of stock in?
Being a fictional movie character.
Man, Jack Ryan is gonna be pissed when he finds out Cruz picked Jason Bourne instead of him... https://t.co/qYY4L8a4tG— From the Desk of Match Corrects Himself (@From the Desk of Match Corrects Himself)1620106716.0
LMAO Ted Cruz using Jason Bourne as a reason the CIA was good? The books and movies are about how it tore a man to… https://t.co/XcTtEkQLdU— Harlequin Adams (@Harlequin Adams)1620119904.0
It seems Ted Cruz can't go a week without being majorly dunked on by Twitter.
When I find out why Jason Bourne is trending. https://t.co/P8vsaEwzHy— Shanna (@Shanna)1620101605.0
@tedcruz Jason Bourne is a fictional character who illegally assassinated people after being programmed to do so th… https://t.co/6H9AjQEKOq— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman)1620127609.0
Well maybe if the CIA hadn't BETRAYED him, Jason Bourne would still be at the agency. Did you ever think about THAT… https://t.co/WHoAHdXTJL— Franklin Leonard (@Franklin Leonard)1620124117.0
Before long, Cruz is going to be wondering what happened to the days when the FBI would hire men like Aaron Hotchner.