During the 2018 midterm elections, Republican Senator Rafael “Ted” Cruz took a beating about his image resulting in a narrow victory—considering he represents deep red Texas—at the polls. Critics called him a wimp and brought up his acceptance of insults from President Donald Trump about his wife and father, his Canadian birthplace and his lack of coolness.
Since then, Cruz appears to have launched a gritty reboot of himself—adding facial hair and trying for a “cool, tough guy” persona the Texas GOP tried and failed to sell during the election. Included in that effort is tough talk on Twitter and in interviews that—unfortunately for Cruz—gets mostly mocked.
After author and MSNBC host Chris Hayes called out Cruz’s leap onto the “White, Christian conservatives are the most persecuted people in the United States” bandwagon…
Hey @jack how come Twitter’s “moment” quotes all the snarky leftists making fun of my comments, but doesn’t include my tweets in response explaining the real point that NATIONS like China have already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites? https://t.co/dwkM5ndXj3
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 16, 2019
This is the saddest tweet I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/YztBJuA478
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 16, 2019
…the Texas Republican posted a bizarre threat in response.
May Space Pirates devour your liver. 🏴☠️ 🏴☠️
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 16, 2019
Cruz serves on the Senate Armed Services committee which includes the oversight of President Trump’s new—and equally mocked—Space Force. His space pirates jab at Hayes came just a day after everyone got a laugh at his expense over comments Cruz made in committee about the Space Force.
Ted Cruz argues that Space Force is necessary because… wait for it… space pirates. Leave it to Cruz to take a dumb Trump idea and make it sound even dumber. pic.twitter.com/xjjItA3EV3
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 15, 2019
“Pirates threaten the open sea, the same is possible in open space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz https://t.co/R49rVqSxgO
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 15, 2019
Fuck all these anti-choice pieces of shit for making me so angry and upset I can’t even joke about Ted Cruz believing in space pirates but not climate change.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 16, 2019
The response to Cruz’s odd choice of response to Hayes’ tweet leaned heavily against the Texas Senator.
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) May 17, 2019
“It was the only internship I could get” pic.twitter.com/ddGEFD9kZ4
— Phil E. Moose (@alecmodeltweets) May 16, 2019
People thought it might have been posted by a parody account instead of the real Senator Rafael Cruz.
I had to make this wasn’t a parody account
— Luqman (@mr_luqman_) May 16, 2019
I mean Ted Cruz is a parody of a Texas Senator so same thing.
— Johnny B. (@JohnBalash) May 16, 2019
Devin Nunes’ cow brought up another embarrassing Twitter moment from Cruz’s past.
Is pirate porn a thing?
— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) May 17, 2019
Space Cow porn! pic.twitter.com/NzFdoJnt39
— kαlαní #resistance 🌊🌈🏝 (@DontBooo_Vote) May 17, 2019
In case you forgot…
hey do u guys remember when ted cruz liked a porn tweet on 9/11
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) May 16, 2019
— LionKingLee (@LionKingLee) May 16, 2019
People floated theories about Cruz’s new image attempt and space pirate comments. Socially awkward or carefully crafted means to an end?
I think Ted Cruz is just straight up taking the piss now. He secretly wants to retire and take a nice cushy corporate board gig as thank you for staying bribed. But no matter how crazy he goes it’s just never enough and his ego is too big for him to quit.
— Zachmo (@Zachosan) May 16, 2019
Or is it just a deficiency inherent in the GOP?
Studying at the Mike Huckabee School of Comedy again, Ted?
— BowserDog (@dcbowser) May 16, 2019
Why are republicans so bad at humor? 🤷♀️
— Stewie Griffin (@SSSupervillain) May 16, 2019
A sense of humor is a sign of a higher level of intelligence.
— WatchYourRepsSC (@WatchYourRepsSC) May 16, 2019
And some went full circle back to Hayes’ original observation about sad tweets.
On second thought… pic.twitter.com/OLP1b2HQXk
— illuminallie 👑 (@illuminallie_) May 16, 2019
Sorry Senator Cruz. Everyone is trying to #BeBest.
But there were fish in the barrel and you handed out guns.