Actor Gina Carano, famous for her role in the Disney+ series Star Wars: The Mandalorian, faced backlash earlier this month for an Instagram post likening "hating someone for their political views" to the genocide of Jews in the Holocaust.
Carano's opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement and her mockery of transgender people had already led Mandalorian fans to call for her firing from the show, but the comparison of conservatives to Jews murdered in the Holocaust was the straw that broke the Tauntaun's back.
While many weren't bothered by private entities firing Carano for expressing these harmful views, conservatives predictably responded by beatifying her as a victim of so-called "cancel culture."
Among these conservatives was Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who praised Carano on Twitter.
Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tort… https://t.co/HrsxGAPGIs— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1613061644.0
Cruz hailed Carano for playing a character who wasn't "some emotionally tortured Jedi," in what many thought was a subtle jab at Daisy Ridley's Star Wars character Rey.
Ridley was asked about the dig and had a devastating response for the Senator.
You might enjoy this one, Twitter. Daisy Ridley responds to @TedCruz’s not-so-subtle attempt at dissing her Star W… https://t.co/slLEzTFz2d— Kevin Polowy (@Kevin Polowy) 1614191284.0
"I did not know, and I'm very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn't leave their state when it's having a terrible time."
Ridley was alluding to Cruz's most recent scandal in which he left his home state of Texas for a sunny Cancún vacation, as Texas was suffering widespread blackouts and frigid weather.
As millions of his constituents endured the virtually unprecedented temperatures in the state without heat, water, or electricity, Cruz and his family were staying at a Ritz Carlton in the 84 degree sunshine.
Around 40 Texans died as a result of the lack of power, including an 11 year old boy who froze to death keeping his three year old brother warm.
After near-unanimous backlash, Cruz returned to Texas early, where he apparently staged a photo shoot of himself putting water in the trunk of a car.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend, Cruz joked about the scandal, quipping that weather in Orlando—where CPAC is being held—wasn't "as nice as Cancún."
People appreciated Ridley's comeback targeting Cruz's lack of concern for his constituents.
EXACTY DAISY, EXACTLY https://t.co/yNfYRFx18y— maría belén (@maría belén) 1614191940.0
Daisy Ridley being protective of Rey and firing back at Ted Cruz after he tried to call her a ‘emotionally tortured… https://t.co/bAHYNWlvla— peanut / wandavision spoilers 📌 (@peanut / wandavision spoilers 📌) 1614192807.0
I love daisy 😂❤️ https://t.co/QEZYHs8W8i— angel (@angel) 1614194268.0
This is peak Daisy and i love it. https://t.co/RiD1mB7F0B— Darrell Borquez (@Darrell Borquez) 1614210093.0
Thought i couldn’t love Daisy Ridley more https://t.co/NZXUrM6BZ3— Frei🌻 (@Frei🌻) 1614195269.0
Rey Skywalker is the best of the Jedi, but this level of shade and cutting savagery from Daisy Ridley is worthy of… https://t.co/jXouPEP839— Jared Kozal (@Jared Kozal) 1614195345.0
Cruz continues to face backlash for his vacation.
Good morning everyone. I hope you have a great weekend! *Except Ted Cruz— Turn Texas Blue (@Turn Texas Blue) 1614436318.0
Where was pro-life Ted Cruz when Texans were freezing to death? #TedCruzisADisgrace— Peanutz 🥜😷🇵🇷🇺🇸🌊🌏🗽☕⭐Patty⭐No DMs (@Peanutz 🥜😷🇵🇷🇺🇸🌊🌏🗽☕⭐Patty⭐No DMs) 1614440303.0
Who knew that "TedCruz" would become a verb? Example, Nero "TedCruzed" while Rome burned...@SenTedCruz— Kim Schultz (@Kim Schultz) 1614433560.0
Earlier this week, #TedCruzIsADisgrace trended on Twitter.