Ted Cruz’s social media team has been making some strange choices lately. A lot of his ads and tweets seem to almost unintentionally endorse competitor Beto O’Rourke. The campaign continues to make Beto seem levelheaded, fun to hang out with, and generally like a good dude who cares about different kinds of people. Their latest move is a real head-scratcher.
Beto recently spoke at a church. While he was there, Botham Jean came up. Jean was the young black man killed by a police officer who forced her way into his home and later claimed she thought it was her own apartment. The officer was fired and is currently facing manslaughter charges. Beto spoke about the tragedy, calling for justice and for police departments to continue addressing racial disparities in their policing practices.
A short video of the comments had gone viral recently.
Sen. Ted Cruz shared the video with the comment “in Beto O’Rourke’s own words” and people are both confused and a little terrified. There are really only two ways to take that tweet. Either Ted Cruz is endorsing Beto and the call for justice and equality featured in the video … or Ted is openly appealing for officers to be able to break into other people’s homes and shoot them. Cruz has been critical of Beto in the past, saying that he sides against the police. But even if that were true, Beto was talking about a situation where even the police sided against the police as the officer was fired and is being charged in Jean’s death.
Is Cruz now implying that the police were wrong to decide to fire and charge the officer ? And if that’s the case, does that mean Cruz is now siding against the police? Or maybe Ted is trying to say racial disparity in policing shouldn’t be addressed and doing so is anti-officer? But again, the police don’t seem to think so since this is an issue many departments are actively addressing. Is he endorsing Beto or attempting to court people who think officers are above the law? We have no idea.
Twitter is just sitting here like:
Here’s the tweet.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 21, 2018
Some people are convinced Cruz has jumped ship and gone #TeamBeto, even if it was totally unintentional.
— Jason Brechin (@brechin) September 24, 2018
“My name is Ted Cruz and I endorse Beto O’Rourke for US Congress.” pic.twitter.com/ESaMngN72Z
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) September 23, 2018
I think I figured this out. Cruz knows Beto is loved by the left. And what’s something that would hurt a liberal candidate? An endorsement from Ted Cruz. Cruz endorses Beto, depressing Beto’s numbers, now that he has Cruz’s support. Cruz wins re-election. ::fingers tap head gif:: https://t.co/eHuE7nZnzi
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 22, 2018
So…. you're endorsing @BetoORourke? Cause otherwise, this makes absolutely no sense…
— Sean Kleier (@SeanKleier) September 23, 2018
Thanks for promoting @BetoORourke to take your Senate seat! He'll be so much better than you've been. Everything you post makes Beto the best choice in Nov.
— Wyn says #WeCallBS (@WynGalbraith) September 23, 2018
Breaking news: Ted Cruz endorses Beto O’Rourke for Senate… or he’s just an idiot and thinks this is an attack ad. https://t.co/oVe3usGGH4
— Angry WH Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) September 22, 2018
Others see the failed attempt at an “attack” ad as something more nefarious.
Sure it makes sense. Ted Cruz endorses police officers no matter what they do wherever they do it. In his eyes, They are the ‘thin blue line’ that protects us from people of color taking over.
— DogWhistle (@Dogwhistle1984) September 24, 2018
I'm confused as to why you would post something so poignant, said by your opponent, on your own Twitter feed. Are you trying to endorse @BetoORourke?
Oh… I see now… You're courting the racists.
— The Grumpler (@The_Grumpler) September 24, 2018
These days in order to be a 'true' Trumpian conservative you have to treat Beto's word as if they were in any way controversial
— Chris Hancock (@hancockcjz) September 24, 2018
Wow.. I was trying to figure out what his angle was.. so he's openly supporting the officer's actions? That's disgusting…
— Rilan Srikanthan (@keepinitREALan) September 24, 2018
Yes Ted. When a person is shot in their own home by a drunk cop who was in the wrong house, that is a problem
— Rick Ferris (@Rick816) September 24, 2018
There’s a reason Cruz’s team posted this. There’s a reason it’s still up.
It’s not because O’Rourke offers a common sense proposal that black people shouldn’t be shot in their homes. It’s because Cruz is trying to appeal to racists.
That’s it. That’s the answer. https://t.co/sNZkjj9Mwb
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 23, 2018
What do you think Cruz’s intention behind the tweet was? Sound off in the comments.