Reprinted with permission from Alternet
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was one of many Republican lawmakers who expressed faux outrage over the Major League Baseball (MLB) announcement of Cleveland's new mascot. On Friday, July 23, Cruz took to Twitter with a quick post sharing his reaction to the Cleveland Indians being renamed the Cleveland Guardians.
The Texas lawmaker tweeted, "Why does MLB hate Indians?"
Why does MLB hate Indians?https://twitter.com/mlb/status/1418574083634171907\u00a0\u2026— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1627051168
It certainly did not take long for Twitter users to step up to the plate. With their responses, they hit a home run with relentless insults leveled toward the Republican lawmaker. One Twitter user wrote, "Wait, I thought businesses were free to make their own decisions free of government meddling."
wait I thought businesses were free to make their own decisions free of government meddling— Karl Bode (@Karl Bode) 1627054342
Another Twitter user challenged Cruz with a question about the blatant disregard for indigenous people. That person wrote, "Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous."
Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous.— napacab (@napacab) 1627052076
Why does Ted Cruz hate TX?pic.twitter.com/DBdYfqw9f5— Steven, Cholula crawfish season (@Steven, Cholula crawfish season) 1627062852
Great point Ted it's like Cleveland decided to just abandon them and go to Cabo while their city was suffering and then blamed it on their daughters— Miguel Jose (@Miguel Jose) 1627055652
It's not that MLB hates Indians - it's that "Americans" dislike racism.\n\nRepubliQans don't - but Americans do.— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022 (@Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022) 1627061021
Imagine if Ted Cruz was even a fraction as concerned about his own state as he is about Ohio and Georgia and Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin and California and— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1627051924
Cruz's latest remark comes just months after his previous, baseless remark arguing that the name change was a partisan effort that appeared to be in favor of one political party. Speaking to reporters back in April, Cruz said, "If they're gonna play partisan enforcer, they shouldn't expect to see special goodies from Washington when they are dishonestly acting to favor one party against the other."
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