Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went on Twitter recently and made a joke. Kind of. We think. It may have been an attempt to lighten his public persona, which has taken a beating lately.
Cruz is in a race to hold his senate seat against Beto O'Rourke a pro-marijuana, ex-punk rock band member. With more and more young people registering to vote, maybe Cruz figured he needed to show a hipper side. You know, so he could relate to the youngsters.
Who knows what Cruz was thinking but here's how it all went down.
It started when rapper Cardi B took to Instagram to ask where all her tax money was going:
Then journalist Yashar Ali picked up the story:
Cardi B is getting into tax policy now. She says she's paying 40% of her income in taxes and wants to know where the money is going..."when you donate to a kid in a foreign country, they give you updates on what they're doing with your donation....I want updates on my tax money." pic.twitter.com/E1hITGNqee— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 23, 2018
2. I suspect that after the year Cardi B has had she just had to write a big check to the IRS...that leads most folks to want some answers!!!— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 23, 2018
And Ali threw down a challenge to Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio:
3. If Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Marco Rubio tweet about Cardi B I’m going to die.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 23, 2018
Prepare to die, Yashar, because here it is:
Yeah, that was it — an emoji unaccompanied by a single word. Some people thought it was funny:
I am laughing so hard right now. I didn't think Sen Cruz would actually do it! :)— Jess Clackum (@JessicaClackum) March 23, 2018
Others seemed to take Ali's challenge too literally:
To which we can only say 🙄. It's safe to say Ali shouldn't have to make good on his promise. Cruz dodged the question with minimal effort, impressive even for a politician.
Cruz did, however, give his constituents a perfect opportunity to put him on blast:
That you respond to, but fact that a right wing domestic terrorist detonated bombs across Austin killing Texans didn't get your attention for weeks?— lawhawk (@lawhawk) March 23, 2018
Or that mass shootings in Texas didn't spur you to act to reduce gun violence or ask for stronger background checks?
Nobody*— CLOUTTOKEN (@DADCAPDADDDY) March 23, 2018
As to how a state like Texas, known for being bad ass, cowboys, and craziness have made Ted Cruz as their poster boy is beyond me.
At least Bush was a goofy "good ole boy", despite all his downfalls, was always one for a good laugh.
Some people did try to answer Cardi B's question:
I would say:— Asha Hawkesworth (@ashahawkesworth) March 23, 2018
2. Military industrial complex
3. More war
4. Still more war
5. Corporate welfare
6. And more war
7. Trump's cabinet
9. The national debt (China)
10. A little to the social safety net, until such time as Paul Ryan blows it up
Still though... #texaxbluewave:
Nice try, Senator. Troll level: amateur.