After Republican Senator Ted Cruz fled Texas to Cancun during a severe snowstorm that left millions without power and resulted in over 200 deaths, one shouldn’t be faulted for thinking he is an enthusiast of Mexico.
Cruz, however, is known for his anti-immigrant stances and general hostility towards our southern neighbor. He was widely ridiculed early last year for taking a trip to the southern border in which he took a boat ride while sporting full camouflage gear and making up stories of cartel members heckling him.
Cruz recently released a statement criticizing the Mexican government of Manuel Lopez Obrador by claiming that there was “deepening civil unrest in Mexico and the breakdown there of civil society, the breakdown of the rule of law.”
It’s pretty ironic for Ted Cruz to say anything about the rule of law, considering he was one of the Republican Senators who supported Donald Trump’s claim of voter fraud after he lost the 2020 presidential elections. Even after the violence of the January 6th riots at the U.S. capitol — intended to disrupt the peaceful transition of power and overturn the results of a legitimate election — Cruz voted against certifying election results making Joe Biden the 46th American president.
He has shown little remorse for that vote and on a rare instance that he criticized the violence of January 6th, he quickly walked it back in a sad public mea culpa.
The Mexican government was quick to notice the hypocrisy displayed by Cruz and issued a response. “I invite you to look at what happened in our national election,” said Mexico’s ambassador to the United States Esteban Moctezuma. “Without exception, all of the political parties accepted the results and got on with the task of strengthening our democracy and freedom of expression.”
Mexican President López Obrador brushed off Cruz’s remarks when asked about them.
“If he praised me, I might start thinking we weren’t doing things right,” López Obrador said. “But if he says we are wrong, well that for me is something to be proud of.”
Cruz just can’t seem to stop embarrassing himself. Late last year, he was shot down by Face The Nation moderator Margaret Brennan when he claimed on the program that, e right now have a substantial chunk of our country that has real doubts about the integrity of the election,” and that “voter fraud is real”.
Brennan immediately pushed back on Cruz, saying “there is no evidence of fraud that would have drawn the outcome of the election into doubt. You know that.” It doesn’t matter to Cruz though, as long as he can keep currying favor with Trump and his MAGA base, he will continue to debate himself by spreading idiotic and false conspiracy theories.
Ted Cruz should look inwards at the damage he has caused to American democracy before pointing fingers at others. He is unfortunately too self-serving to ever do something like that.
Thomas Kennedy is an elected Democratic National Committee member representing Florida. He tweets from @tomaskenn.
is a former reported opinion columnist and roving correspondent. He's an elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida and a fomer Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.