Which meltdown of Ted Cruz's are we on in 2021?
After Ted Cruz was branded "Cancun Cruz" for the now-infamous moment where he was spotted flying to Cancun on vacation with his family instead of attending to the state of Texas during a natural disaster of historic proportions, Cruz has now garnered a new nickname.
This time, it's "Kremlin Cruz." And Ted is none too happy about his new moniker.
Cruz earned the nickname after sharing a piece of Russian propaganda on his Twitter feed, with the caption "Holy c**p. Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea…"
MSNBC's Brian Williams said of Cruz:
"By all accounts, Ted Cruz did not like the nickname Cancun Cruz, though he tried joking about it, acting like it didn't matter. He really won't like being called Kremlin Cruz after his latest and remarkably stupid lapse in judgement."
"Don't we want committed and motivated members of our all-volunteer armed forces? … Imagine how happy it makes [Russia] to have yet another advocate among Republican members of the Senate?"
Cruz had a six-tweet long meltdown in response.
Cruz's meltdown contains several erroneous leaps in logic, but three major moments deserved special attention.
- Cruz's assertion he "hates communists." Cruz then said Williams was an apologist for communists around the globe without offering any evidence to that point.
- Cruz's argument the US Army needed to be able to "kick the a**" of the Russian military; something completely and totally unexplained and unsupported in the original tweet, which seemed to laud the effectiveness of the Russian's military in a favorable comparison to the United States' military.
- Cruz's idea Biden should be called "Kremlin Joe," despite Biden's unwaveringly critical eye on Putin, whom he has openly called "a killer."
Cruz has also taken action that more closely mirrors Vladimir Putin's style of governing, being one of former President Donald Trump's biggest advocates for the "Big Lie" of widespread election fraud.
Cruz, along with GOP Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri were cited by fellow members of Congress as being directly responsible for inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
#KremlinCruz has a certain ring to it even Cancun Cruz couldn't quite fulfill.
Although if the Texas Republican—by way of Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Cruz was born—dislikes the new moniker, he should probably avoid sharing Russian propaganda on Twitter.