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October 22, 2014

Ted Cruz Kills It on Social Media

Sen. Ted Cruz did a little troll hunting April 23, baiting the entirety of the Internet-enabled world with a perplexing pic of an urban safari that incited carnage across the social mediasphere.

The Texas Republican set the trap by innocently (?) blasting out a snapshot of him and Utah Republican Mike Lee — staff told HOH the tea party pals have been tag-teaming fundraisers across the Lone Star State this week — posing atop a snarling animal pelt.

 

 

Had this Senate bromance finally gone lethal?

What endangered species might be next on the Cruz-Lee extinction tour?

Or was Cruz yet again practicing the art of pressing everyone’s buttons?

“The senator was kidding,” a Cruz aide explained of the spontaneous photo op with a totally fake tiger skin rug. “He ran across it between meetings in Houston yesterday and wanted a picture.”

Joke or not, the stunt unleashed a torrent of passionate reactions on Twitter and Facebook.

After sifting through the thousands of comments furiously scribbled on Cruz’s social media boards, the brunt of popular opinion falls into three main camps:

No Remorse

Ted Cruz Kills It on Social Media

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The God That Failed

 

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The Thing That Should Not Be

 

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* No actual tigers were harmed in the production of this blog post.

** Or during this trip last fall to the Natural Resources Committee room:

 

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  • Layla

    What’s sad about this is that the same people have no problem killing unborn babies. Doesn’t bother them in the least.

    • View From The Left

      What’s sadder is that the same people who claim to be “pro-life” then have no problem with the killing of animals so they can be a run on the floor.

      • Layla

        Now that is just plain false, rude and mean. No wonder we have no jobs.

        God, I hope you don’t have children or pets.

        • brillo1

          Right! If they would have used a tarp more jobs would have been created.

        • View From The Left

          And I hope you neither vote…or procreate. This nation can’t afford any more stupidity. What I wrote it 100% TRUE, and I include YOU in that! You alleged “pro-life” people are ALWAYS the biggest hypocrites in that they support the death penalty, big game hunting and abortion for rape, incest and health of the mother,
          Yeah, that’s some “pro-life” record you’ve got there, you little ignorant, hypocritical liar.

        • John ‘Genryu’

          Except Layla that the previous poster is spot on. As for rudeness, the only one being rude and mean here is you. You are thoroughly despicable.

          • Sara

            And calling someone a “little ignorant, hypocritical liar” and “thoroughly despicable” is gracious?

            My, what a mountain of stones you’ve got in your possession! Do you plan on throwing them all?

          • John ‘Genryu’

            I see, you seem to have mistaken me for a nice guy. Let me put you straight very quickly. I am not nice to those who are ignorant, to fascists, or to those who support animal cruelty and abuse. In fact I spend a lot of time outing such people and making sure that they get the justice that they deserve. If you want nice, you’re fantasising and need to wake up.

          • Sara

            You claimed Layla was the only one who was mean and rude here.

            I was merely pointing out that you had joined her.

          • John ‘Genryu’

            Calling a liar a liar isn’t rude and you’re still not getting it. I don’t have to be nice to fascists. It sends the wrong message entirely and frankly gets in the way of outing them and ensuring that they get what they deserve. You also entirely missed the fact that it wasn’t me that said what you quoted but another poster, who was by the way spot on. Those who condone in any way the killing of animals for ‘sport’ by the way, even indirectly, are sociopaths at some level and deserve to be treated as such.

          • Sara

            So, having your picture taken with a FAKE animal rug is condoning the killing of animals for sport?

            I see it as the opposite – by only purchasing the fake ones, you could put the hunters/poachers out of business! By showing that the fake looks realistic, you show there is no need for people to buy the real ones.

      • ladycygnus

        To say that “human life should not be purposefully killed” says nothing about whether other animal life should be killed. It is FAR MORE contradictory and sad that some people get more upset about the IMAGE of an irrational animal skin – than about the innocent human lives lost every day.

        And sometimes tigers do have to be killed, like when they become man-eaters and start killing the humans nearby.

        Our world is so backwards – more protection is given to an irrational beast than a human child – and people laud this because they believe lies.

    • brillo1

      how do you kill a baby if it is unborn? Spell oxy-moron.

    • Cammi Hudson

      Ok..I
      get their point about abortion, but where are they defending these lives are born and living in society and also when they go
      homeless, hungry, bad schools, etc etc…NOWHERE!!!!! Defend them in the womb and then oh well its society’s problem now not ours. If you defend the baby in the womb you have to defend it as a living person. Oh wait I dont have to I’m a hypocrite I dont have to.

    • Cammi Hudson

      Ok..I get their point about abortion, but where are they defending
      these lives are born and living in society and also when they go
      homeless, hungry, bad schools, etc etc…NOWHERE!!!!! Defend them in the womb and then oh well its society’s problem now not ours. if your so gun-ho about life in the womb why aren’t you the same about life outside the womb? oh wait I dont have to because I’m a hypocrite.

      • Sara

        Where are they defending?
        On the local level – where it makes the most sense.
        Also through volunteer work and donations.

        • Cammi Hudson

          I agree with your point about local level help. It should happen more often. My point is that they are so gung ho about no abortion and then when the kid is born its lets forget about that kid since its now born, we dont have to worry about them now onto other unborns we will pay no attention to once they are born. If you are so gung ho about unborns you should be that gung ho about the kids that are born.

          • Sara

            All of the pro-lifers I know are that “gung-ho” about the kids and the mothers.

            Pro-all of life.

    • don76550

      Well I guess after these killers murder their baby, they probably shouldn’t take the corpse to a taxidermist.

    • John ‘Genryu’

      Don’t you dare equate outrage about this joking about an endangered species with a woman’s health. How utterly loathsome of you.

      • Poppa Homage

        right on John. This picture is offensive and there is NO excuse for their behavior. I know 5th graders who know better

        • John ‘Genryu’

          Thank you Poppa. :)

        • Sara

          Are you also offended by teddy bears?

  • Half-Evil D

    i see a tiger rug and 2 morons. That’s all there is to the story, isn’t it?

  • hatemongerlibtard

    now THAT’S a rug

  • Official Teabagger

    Where’s the Hoveround?

  • Cammi Hudson

    Ok..I get their point about abortion, but where are they defending these lives are born and living in society and also when they go homeless,
    hungry, bad schools, etc etc…NOWHERE!!!!! Defend them in the womb and
    then oh well its society’s problem now not ours. If you defend the baby
    in the womb you have to defend it as a living person. Oh wait I dont
    have to I’m a hypocrite.

  • Jonathan Leibowitz

    Understanding the ignorance of each of us is vital to understanding the development and benefits of morality, liberty, and civilization.

  • Cal Quelus

    Many of collectivism’s erroneous arguments are based upon the untenable illusion that private property and free enterprise are responsible for human discontent.

  • YONATAN C

    The Republican party has done a huge disservice to itself, for taking the position against the unemployment extension bill in the senate. With 2.6 Million angry potential voters having been affected by their refusal to pass the bill; the coming election will prove to be the Republican’s downfall. These families were left hung out to dry since late last December, and they will not forget the anguish that they have suffered because of it. Many of these families have become ruined financially, they have witnessed their credit being destroyed, they have faced evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. How can they not forget which party was at fault for this? The Republicans have been using these families for political leverage, and bargaining chips, to further their party’s political agenda. They have shown their party’s true distain for the Average American family, and the suffering that these families have been going through being jobless without benefits to support their children. Senators like John Boehner are what makes the Republican party look bad in the people’s eyes. As a “FORMER” Republican of many years, I can honestly say that I will NEVER vote for another Republican again, and actively persuade my friends and family not to likewise. The Republican party will find itself VOTED OUT in the next election

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