Ted Cruz's social media team has been making some strange choices lately. A lot of his ads and tweets seem to almost unintentionally endorse competitor Beto O'Rourke. The campaign continues to make Beto seem levelheaded, fun to hang out with, and generally like a good dude who cares about different kinds of people. Their latest move is a real head-scratcher.
Beto recently spoke at a church. While he was there, Botham Jean came up. Jean was the young black man killed by a police officer who forced her way into his home and later claimed she thought it was her own apartment. The officer was fired and is currently facing manslaughter charges. Beto spoke about the tragedy, calling for justice and for police departments to continue addressing racial disparities in their policing practices.
A short video of the comments had gone viral recently.
Sen. Ted Cruz shared the video with the comment "in Beto O'Rourke's own words" and people are both confused and a little terrified. There are really only two ways to take that tweet. Either Ted Cruz is endorsing Beto and the call for justice and equality featured in the video ... or Ted is openly appealing for officers to be able to break into other people's homes and shoot them. Cruz has been critical of Beto in the past, saying that he sides against the police. But even if that were true, Beto was talking about a situation where even the police sided against the police as the officer was fired and is being charged in Jean's death.
Is Cruz now implying that the police were wrong to decide to fire and charge the officer ? And if that's the case, does that mean Cruz is now siding against the police? Or maybe Ted is trying to say racial disparity in policing shouldn't be addressed and doing so is anti-officer? But again, the police don't seem to think so since this is an issue many departments are actively addressing. Is he endorsing Beto or attempting to court people who think officers are above the law? We have no idea.
Twitter is just sitting here like:
Here's the tweet.
Some people are convinced Cruz has jumped ship and gone #TeamBeto, even if it was totally unintentional.
Others see the failed attempt at an "attack" ad as something more nefarious.
What do you think Cruz's intention behind the tweet was? Sound off in the comments.
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