In the hopes of further driving home their new narrative that the Mexican border has devolved into a full-blown crisis with the swearing-in of Joe Biden as president, a squad of Republican senators went down to spend some time with Border Patrol and snap a bunch of PR photos.
The Senate GOP account on Twitter shared the images and tried to paint Ted Cruz and his fellow goons as courageous heroes who witnessed the alleged crisis first hand and managed to survive getting “heckled by cartels.” What exactly be heckling by cartels means is unclear, but one can’t help but conjure up an image of Cruz on stage at a Texas comedy club as a Sinaloa Cartel sicario hurls verbal abuse at him.
The tweet in question also claimed that the border situation is a “humanitarian crisis,” a deeply disingenuous statement coming from the party that enabled Donald Trump’s cruel family separation policy and remained silent as he repeatedly villainized these people. Republicans don’t actually care about migrants, they just see them as a useful political weapon to use in their attacks against the Biden administration.
The photos themselves are frankly disgusting, a cheap publicity stunt that seeks to whitewash the Draconian immigration policies that Republicans have championed for decades. If they actually cared about this issue they’d spend more time pushing humane immigration reforms, not posing in front of cameras.
1:00AM on our southern border.
18 Senators are here with Border Patrol on their night shift.
We saw the massive influx of migrant crossings.
Countless women + children.
We were heckled by cartels.
This is a humanitarian crisis.
And Joe Biden needs to address it immediately. pic.twitter.com/7GfRb2cc1C
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) March 26, 2021
Unfortunately for whoever runs the @SenateGOP Twitter account, the tweet immediately backfired. The image of Ted Cruz in particular went viral, with many users mocking not only his appearance but the fact that he tried to sneak away to Cancun while his home state of Texas was buffeted by deadly winter storms and power outages. Users also lept all over him for the cringey video he posted on his own Twitter page. This man hopes to one day be president but it’s clear that a large portion of Americans see him for the spineless little weasel he is.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2021
You have the fucking gall to pretend your baby-caging bigot asses care about kids? Go on and fuck yourselves, traitors. Deeply.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) March 26, 2021
Ted Cruz finding new ways to get to Cancun pic.twitter.com/dqqk1sCYd6
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 26, 2021
.@tedcruz if you can't handle a few hecklers maybe you shouldn't have gone into standup comedy
— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) March 26, 2021
You got . . . heckled? Oh no, are you going to be okay?
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) March 26, 2021
While we’re on the topic of people being “heckled”: Republican lawmakers in Indiana recently *booed* their black colleagues while is session, in order to drown out Black lawmakers talking about discrimination. https://t.co/qGYSR7fwud
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) March 26, 2021
Ted Cruz on Tuesday: When Democrats talk about gun control, it is political theater.
Ted Cruz on Thursday: Puts on a costume and goes to a place with colorful scenery to be photographed doing something theatrical.
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 26, 2021
back up there a minute, Sparky. you were "heckled"? by "cartels"? have you been sniffling glue again
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 26, 2021
“Can anyone point me to Cancún?” https://t.co/4htw9h6sd0
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 26, 2021
Did a single one of you protest the deliberate strategy of separating children from parents and keeping them from being reunited? Did a single one of you hold an oversight hearing on sexual abuse and other physical abuse at the camps during Trump's administration?
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) March 26, 2021
HECKLED? My God, the depravity! Wait…is Ted sure he wasn’t having flashbacks to being heckled in the airport on his way to the Ritz Cancun? pic.twitter.com/ashOkCQixV
— Diletta, Suburban “Housewife” (@lividddh) March 26, 2021
Im a big boy, I was able to take care of myself during the ice store. Didn't need Ted to do anything for me. Im what you call responsible.
— Cooper Griffith (@CooperGriffith9) March 26, 2021
just the most unbelievably corny nerds on the planet https://t.co/9hLgURCgop
— Ashoka Mukpo (@unkyoka) March 26, 2021
We were absolutely roasted by cartels
The cartels screamed “WHAT ARE THOOOOOOSE” over the border
Statler and Waldorf during their blue period-levels of roasts
Just a deliberate destruction of our ego and sense of self-worth, it was really something https://t.co/4vdxhQZWS8
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) March 26, 2021
"heckled by cartels"? Beyond parody. https://t.co/HNXebSpyoo
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 26, 2021
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) March 26, 2021
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 26, 2021
The only thing Ted Cruz was getting "heckled" by in the video he posted is crickets https://t.co/rg5mWqk6I2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2021
Ted Cruz: *breathes*
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2021
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