Ted Cruz struck with beer can at Astros victory parade, his children nearly missed

Like thousands of other fans, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took the opportunity to celebrate the Houston Astros winning the World Series, riding in the back of a military Humvee during Monday’s victory parade.

The only difference being that the Republican senator was struck by a beer can thrown at him from the crowd.

The incident was caught on video — Newsweek boasted that it was viewed 4.5 million times when the outlet shared the footage. Cruz is seen waving to parade goers when suddenly an apparently full can of beer is hurled at him with force. He is able to misdirect the can from striking him directly in the face, while a member of his security team further deflects the missile and points out the person in the crowd he believes threw the beer can to law enforcement on the ground.

A more troubling aspect of the story is that Cruz’s young children were in the vehicle with him as some in the crowd booed their father, and they were nearly struck by the errant missile as seen in the footage below:

The Houston Police Department announced on Twitter that Cruz was struck in the “chest/neck area” and that an arrest was made.

“A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the Senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The Senator did not require medical attention,” read a tweet from the department’s official account. “Nearby HPD officers arrested the male without further incident. He was taken to jail and faces assault charges. We will release the suspect’s name and booking photo here when formal charges are filed.”

Of course, if a Democratic senator had been the target we’d likely already know the suspect’s name, where he works and what he had for breakfast that morning.

The greater story than an unhinged lunatic firing a beer can at a Republican politician was the reaction by the left — you know, those who decry the coarse rhetoric in politics today while ignoring their own behavior.

“Ted Cruz pulled off what I thought was impossible- getting booed at a championship parade,” KPRC2 sports journalist Chancellor Johnson tweeted while sharing a clip, adding: “Millions of people booing you and chanting ‘you suck’ for a parade that lasted for two hours. Yikes.”

But that was lame compared to the efforts by some, who not only condoned the violence but celebrated it. After all, Cruz is a Republican and President Joe Biden has already declared that such individuals are not only a “threat to democracy” but are leading the nation into “chaos.”

Here’s a sampling of the jocularity seen on Twitter in response to the assault:

Then again, as one social media user pointed out, this was in Houston and there are “a lot of (rude) Democrats” in the city:

Tom Tillison


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