Thanks to smartphones and social media, people feel emboldened to accost their political opponents in pursuit of a viral “gotcha” video, but if you’re a Beto O’Rourke fan and your target is Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). you’d better bring more than snark — and you should probably be smart enough to know when you’ve been shut down.
A Twitter account that calls itself “Beto for Everyone” saw an opportunity for 15 minutes of what passes as fame these days when the account owner spotted Cruz on his flight and thought he’d get clever.
Senator Cruz was on my flight, and I asked him to name any of the Uvalde victims.
He couldn’t. Texas deserves better than spineless hacks like this. Right the wrongs of 2018, and make @betoorourke our next Governor. #betoforgovernor #cancuncrus #uvaldestrong pic.twitter.com/AW34oxuUNv
— Beto For Everyone (@Nathan_VBB) September 15, 2022
“Hey, we’re in Houston?” he quipped as Cruz and the other passengers prepared to deplane. “I thought we were going to Cancun?”
Oh, snap! Did that Beto buddy reference a trip Cruz took to Mexico more than a year-and-a-half ago?
Yes, he did, but Cruz wasn’t paying attention, so the quick-witted progressive evoked the memory of dead children and whined about podcasts.
“Senator, thank you for everything you’ve done since Uvalde,” he said. “All those podcast episodes must have raised a lot of money for you.”
That did it.
Cruz then did the unthinkable: The United States Senator hit the rude rabble-rouser with facts, something the woke little wannabe troll was ill-equipped to handle.
“Just yesterday, I tried to pass the most significant school safety bill that’s ever passed,” he replied while retrieving his overhead baggage. “Your party objected to it.”
That should have been checkmate, but “Beto for Everyone” was playing checkers, so he again brought up podcasts.
“Tried to pass it?” he asked. “What were you doing? How did you have time when you were recording a sh*t ton of podcast episodes?”
“You should ask why the Democrats object to doubling the number of police officers in schools and why they object to 15,000 mental health officials in schools,” Cruz calmly answered as his confronter babbled over the top of him.
Another passenger urged the Beto bud to “listen to the man,” but he was too close to Twitter stardom to engage in a factual debate, so he mumbled something about children being “buried in peace.”
“Do you know the facts at all, or are you going to just engage in political attacks?” a bemused Cruz asked.
This was “Beto for Everyone”‘s big chance to put Cruz on blast, and he seized it.
“I know the facts,” he insisted. “Do you know the names of the Uvalde victims?”
It wasn’t quite the zinger his brain told him it was.
“I do,” Cruz replied.
“And ask why Chris Murphy objected and stopped the biggest school safety bill that could ever pass yesterday,” he added, referring to Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
But… Uvalde… names…
‘”You don’t know. You don’t care about the facts,” Cruz told the stammering troll. “You’re a partisan. That’s okay.”
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