There is certainly no love lost between bestselling author Stephen King and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, especially since King keeps trolling the Senator on Twitter and calling him a crawdad.
Earlier in the month, King took to Twitter and urged voters to get out and support Cruz’s challenger for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Beto O’Rouke (D-TX).
King said in the post:
“Hey, Texas! Polls say Cruz is pulling away. Please Dems and Indies, vote Beto so I don’t have to look at that slimy crawdad for the next 6 years. I might not live that long! Yikes!”
Hey, Texas! Polls say Cruz is pulling away. Please Dems and Indies, vote Beto so I don’t have to look at that slimy crawdad for the next 6 years. I might not live that long! Yikes!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 15, 2018
Then, again this week, fellow writer Don Winslow asked a question on Twitter…
Legitimate question for the people of Texas:
If @tedcruz will sell out his wife and father – and allow @realDonaldTrump to denigrate them both publicly and even accuse his own father of murder – all just to get Trump's endorsement – how long before he sells you out?
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) October 31, 2018
… and King leaped at the chance to answer, once again calling Cruz a crawdad.
It’s true. Ted Cruz only cares about Ted Cruz. He’s one slimy crawdad. https://t.co/xfns6oCOfV
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 31, 2018
We’re not 100% sure why crawdads are the crustation bearing the burden of the Cruz moniker, but people seem to be rolling with it.
Insult to crawfish everywhere. Oh well the crustaceans will get over it.
— Butch Yost (@butch3fan70) October 31, 2018
Seriously. It is difficult to find a life form which wouldn’t be insulted to be compared to 45 so I usually default to slime-molds.
— Rude Fulk (@RudeFulk) October 31, 2018
King wasn’t letting up. A couple days later he came at Cruz again with the crawdad slam, this time giving him the nickname “Ted the Crawdad.”
Hey Texas Dems and Indies: Remind your Republican friends what they already know: Ted Cruz is a crawdad. You won't upset them, they know it already. Just whisper, "You can vote Beto and tell the exit pollers you voted for Ted the Crawdad."
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 2, 2018
As a Coastal boy who grew up catching and boiling those little water bugs, I feel like this is more an insult to Crawdads than to Cruz
— Salty McSaltersons (@ctoller11) November 2, 2018
Dadgum right! My first crawfish were pulled out of a ditch in Nederland in 1968 or '69. The only reason I agreed to move to Oklahoma with my wife: there is a crawfish place nearby.
— Gary Pitchford (@garyteacher) November 2, 2018
— ❄️ Jeanne K. 🌊🌊🌊 (@SnarkAmendment) November 2, 2018
The nickname seems to be catching on.
People are certainly listening to the master of horror.
We've been phone banking for @BetoORourke and it's exciting and promising how many people are on board for him. So much so, that I don't understand how the polls show Cruz in the lead.
— Kambri Crews (@kambri) November 2, 2018
Kids are creating a movement to spur their friends to vote. They’re going to walk out if their classrooms at 10:00 to go vote. Join me in being there to cheer for them! Tuesday! 10:00am!
— trump’s Mushroomhead (@jonesin_16) November 2, 2018
Vote Beto ! We can do this ! Flip Texas Blue ❤️ pic.twitter.com/K2XvD2E1UA
— Steph S. (@StephSEcologist) November 2, 2018
Hahaha! I voted for Beto. Can you believe Cruz is only one year older than Beto? I can’t wait to see Beto ride his skateboard all the way to Washington.
— FanOfJustice (@FanOfKindness) November 2, 2018
There is even a song about Cruz…er…crawdads.
Whatcha gonna do when the lake goes dry, honey?
Whatcha gonna do when the lake goes dry, babe?
Whatcha gonna do when the lake goes dry?
Sit on the banks and watch the crawdads die, honey, baby pie.
— JC (@JCLRRA) November 2, 2018
Whistle, sing, or shout — as long as you do it on the way to vote!