After an attempt at being clever on Twitter, the new hip Republican Senator Rafael “Ted” Cruz—complete with beard and cravats—drew mainly mockery. The Senator tried to disparage a tweet about minimum wage.
On Monday, freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted about a living wage for workers. She posted:
“Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE. Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive?”
In response, the GOP Senator from Texas tweeted:
“Oh the humanity! Here’s the answer: government-mandated FREE CROISSANTS FOR ALL. And we’ll just force the bakers to give all of their time for free. #SocialistLogic #AprilFools”
Now many people are saying Cruz is a bit like this:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had her own response. She returned to Twitter to post:
“GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me. It’s not an argument against the price of a croissant – it’s about the value of human worth.”
“But I guess that idea is foreign to them since their policies treat people as disposable anyway 🤷🏽♀️”
Ocasio-Cortez represents a state that voluntarily raised minimum wage above the federal guidance of $7.25 an hour. In New York, it is $11.10.
In deep red Texas where Cruz lives, the federal minimum is still the state minimum. Texas is one of 21 states that chose to keep the lower minimum wage.
Department of Labor statistics show a person working full time in no state in the United States can afford food and housing when earning the federal minimum wage.
One of the issues Democrats vowed to tackle in the 2018 midterms was a living wage. But not everyone is on board with that idea.
Many people were there to respond to Senator Cruz however.
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He's singing a different tune now.
I'd like to report a murder.