Poor Ted Cruz. The little fella got his feelings hurt after Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates for their statements against the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees. “(T)hey’re scared of widows and three-year-old orphans,” the president said.
And so wounded was Cruz that he publicly responded with the following challenge on November 18:
Let me suggest something Mr. President: If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face.
But before Cruz can get all whiny about Obama’s statement, maybe he should practice what he preaches.
Cruz has issued juvenile insults to respectable Americans at the same time those persons were undergoing hardship and grief. Insults that weren’t just juvenile and grossly disrespectful, but even inhumane. Just shy of kick-a-sick-dog kind of disrespect.
In June 2015, Cruz gave address at a Republican Party event in Howell, Michigan, but that sounded more like an audition for stand-up comedy than a presidential candidate’s speech. And no one laughed at his jokes either, because they were about Joe Biden. And just four days after the Vice President’s son died of brain cancer, and only one day before Beau Biden’s funeral. Here’s Cruz’s address:
Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punch line. I promise you it works. The next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, ‘Vice President Joe Biden’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing.
Not many laughed, though. After the event, some attendees even questioned Cruz about how he could issue those thoughtless statements at such a time. And when media asked Cruz about it, he only smirked and walked away.
He later issued an apology, but it was too little, too late. Cruz’s susceptibility to impulsive juvenile behavior was established.
Cruz did it again in August 2015, this time from the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair where he issued silly comments about former president Jimmy Carter.
I think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970s. I think the parallels between this administration and the Carter administration are uncanny: same failed domestic policies, same misery, stagnation and malaise, same feckless and naïve foreign policy. In fact, the exact same countries—Russia and Iran—(are) openly laughing and mocking at the president of the United States. Why is it that that analogy gives me so much hope and encouragement?
His sarcastic (and quite untrue) comments came out just one day after Carter told press of a recent brain cancer diagnosis (the same as Beau Biden’s, incidentally). And while Cruz issued half-hearted apologies after the fact to Joe Biden, he felt no obligation to apologize to Jimmy Carter. After that Iowa insult, Cruz told press that Carter was fair game.
So if Cruz wants to get upset and whine about the president’s comment regarding Republican xenophobia, maybe he should practice what he preaches first. Otherwise, he looks even sillier and more insensitive.
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