For much of the public, right-wing Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has become more infamous for his social media stunts than his legislative achievements.
From failing to crop out his search history in a screenshot to getting roasted by a war hero for his take on a Russian military ad, these stunts often backfire. The Senator somehow has time for Twitter spats with everyone from Seth Rogen to Dan Rather to Trevor Noah.
Cruz's most recent Twitter snafu was in response to news that President Joe Biden would be traveling to Nantucket, Massachusetts for Thanksgiving.
There once was a man from Nantucket\u2026.https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1460600568712474631\u00a0\u2026— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1637090431
Cruz responded by reciting the opening line of an infamous dirty limerick that utilizes certain phrases which rhyme with "Nantucket."
Earlier this year, as Cruz's state of Texas faced devastating winter storms that decimated its independent power grid, the Senator flew to sunny Cancún, Mexico as hundreds of his constituents froze to death. After national outcry, Cruz returned early and claimed he was just escorting his family to the tropical getaway. As lawmakers like Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York raised millions of dollars in relief for the state, Cruz staged a photo-op of himself carrying bottles of water to a car trunk in an empty parking lot.
This was what crossed people's minds as they responded with limericks of their own.
There once was a senator named Ted\nWhose constituents were freezing 'til dead\nTed cared not a whit,\nto Cancun he did flit!\nComeuppance he surely must dread.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— \ud83e\udd83 Lisa "Thanksgiving before Xmas!" Rowe \ud83e\udd83 (@\ud83e\udd83 Lisa "Thanksgiving before Xmas!" Rowe \ud83e\udd83) 1637126259
There once was a Republican goon\nWhen it snowed he skipped off to Cancun\nHe kept smiling smugly\nAs Trump called his wife ugly\nHe'll be President when I land on the moonhttps://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Cliff Schecter (@Cliff Schecter) 1637116650
There once was a man who ran off to Cancun who frequently shows he is a buffoon. He spends zero time doing his work and constantly resembles a jerk. For all us Texans he can\u2019t be gone too soon.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Matthew Dowd (@Matthew Dowd) 1637101939
There once was a goon from Cancun\u2026https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Fernand Amandi (@Fernand Amandi) 1637101586
Is there a worse fellow than Ted?\nWho spews what comes into his head?\nWith nary a thought\nThat maybe he ought\nTo have stayed in Cancun when he fled?https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— judi hayes (@judi hayes) 1637147927
But not all the responses were Cancun related.
Roses are red\nViolets are blue \nLeave Texashttps://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— \ud83e\ude90\u2728Lisa Reyna Loe \ud83d\uddf3\ud83d\udef9 (@\ud83e\ude90\u2728Lisa Reyna Loe \ud83d\uddf3\ud83d\udef9) 1637124107
OR\u2026\n\nThere once was a Cruz from Nantucket \nwho trump made into a cuck-it\ndefend my spouse?\nBut I\u2019m a spineless louse\nI swallow more than my pride when I\u2026.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Chris Meloni (@Chris Meloni) 1637177147
A loathsome old fellow named Ted\nLoved Donald, a creep who once said,\n\u201cYour wife\u2019s face is whack,\nYour papa killed Jack,\u201d\nAnd Cruz followed wherever he led.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Bill Prady (Taylor's Version) (@Bill Prady (Taylor's Version)) 1637108390
Cruz's immaturity apparently knows no bounds.
Senator, are you in favor of lowering the eligible voting age? I only ask because it now appears that you spend the majority of your time trying to craft zingers for 11 year old boys to laugh and snicker at.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Brian Chovanec (@Brian Chovanec) 1637100223
I couldn\u2019t imagine a clearer update on Ted Cruz\u2019s astonishing immaturity than his proud quoting of middle school limericks.https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Dr. David A. Lustig (@Dr. David A. Lustig) 1637155562
Now and then, could you try to remember that you\u2019re a U.S. senator?https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1460689257606139908\u00a0\u2026— Mark Strauss (@Mark Strauss) 1637114111
Cruz has yet to expand on the meaning of the post.