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- A boy and his flag: Sen. Ted Cruz puts on a patriotic performance for Twitter.
The Texas Republican shared a clip of himself, alone in his office, hand over his heart, delivering a nasally, robotic recitation of the Pledge. "This didn’t use to be controversial," he tweeted by away of explanation, throwing in the hashtag #flagday to remind us that June 14 is the day in 1777 when the U.S. officially approved the design of the national flag.
Because, um, patriotism. Or red meat for the base. Or something. In truth, it's hard to tell what Cruz was after. Let's just say his performance doesn't come across as particularly stirring.
And as is so often the case when Texas' junior senator tries to use Twitter to gin up controversy, he instead unleashed an avalanche of mockery.
Some users picked up on the goofy surreality of Cruz's display. However, more pointed out that reciting the pledge isn't particularly controversial. Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the lawmakers who tried to overturn a legitimate presidential election and helped fan the flames of an insurrection that trashed the U.S. Capitol.
Just 5 months ago you orchestrated an insurrection against US. Your terrorists literally tossed US flags off the side of the Capitol to raise Trump flags.— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) June 14, 2021
And now for a word from this poor flag: pic.twitter.com/JjQCDvRI35— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) June 15, 2021
Dry hump it next time. It worked for the man who humiliated your wife and father. pic.twitter.com/M8E9V8sdNb— Mike Pence - Professional Mannequin (@vespertilioAJR) June 14, 2021
Bro. You're weird. This isn't controversial, it's bizarre and awkward. pic.twitter.com/RKff3l7Yao— Bruno (@BrunoTheGreat32) June 14, 2021
With Texas' shaky electrical grid once again in the news, plenty of folks also used the opportunity to renew their skewering of Cruz for jetting off to sunny Cancun while millions of Texans endured freezing temps without power.
stop the performative grievance-baby nonsense, you grandstanding huckster, reciting the Pledge is not controversial. pledge to the flag all you want — the next time you're in a Cancun airport while your constituents are freezing in the dark, for example— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 14, 2021
I pledge allegeince— kilgore trout, offer expires june 31 (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 14, 2021
to the grid
that sometimes supplies electricity
to some of the public
with liberty for just us in cancun https://t.co/ILkgHHflTv
Keep on shitposting, Ted. Apparently, it's easier than actually expending effort to do anything for the 29 million-plus constituents you claim to represent.
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