Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is really good at being a target of criticism and mockery. This week, he denounced the alleged threat of space pirates and then whined that Twitter didn’t feature his rebuttal to detractors prominently enough, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is one of those who takes the Senator’s behavior as absolutely laughable.
Cruz had taken it as a personal affront that in a Twitter “Moment” featuring responses to his call to action against space pirates, the platform didn’t include some Twitter messages he’d posted trying to explain his position as actually very sensible.
‘I might know some pirates that can help fix this for you Ted’
I might know some pirates that can help fix this for you Ted ? https://t.co/rpIRo9XQAM
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 16, 2019
Cruz had asserted that all those featured in the collection of highlights from the topic were “leftists” who were just “making fun” of him. MSNBC host Chris Hayes quipped that Cruz’s complaint, in which he tagged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as if he was expecting some kind of personal response, was the “saddest tweet I’ve ever seen.”
Cruz’s retorts to detractors — which he apparently thought were so very clever that he was entitled to a metaphorical front page position — suggested that he’d been in the right to assert space pirates were a real threat, because there’s a supposed “threat of piracy, espionage & violence from rogue & rival NATIONS.” Changing the pirates’ origin from rogue space-traveling groups to rogues sent there by “NATIONS” really doesn’t make the quote any more tied to reality. He’s still insisting there are space pirates and refusing to acknowledge how some — many, really — could take that as absolutely ridiculous.
Sure, a frigate w/ skull & crossbones in space is unlikely anytime soon, but what MSNBC conveniently omits is the threat of piracy, espionage & violence from rogue & rival NATIONS is very real. Indeed, China has already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites in space. https://t.co/fVUZUeWVLj
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 15, 2019
There are so many tangible issues facing Americans on a daily basis — racial violence, lack of access to health care, and so on — and this is what Cruz is occupying himself with.
Originally, he had offered his insistence on the threat of space pirates as a defense of President Donald Trump’s proposal for a Space Force as a new wing of the U.S. Armed Forces.
During a hearing, he said:
‘Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a space force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.’
Whatever. Check out Twitter’s response to Omar pointing out the lunacy of his whining below…
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