November is right around the corner, which means the midterm elections are heating up. In Texas, the Senate race between Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke and Republican Senator Ted Cruz is one of the most anticipated elections. That is why some organizations are launching campaigns to let the public know who they think is the right person to represent Texas in Washington.
President Trump has recently endorsed Ted Cruz for Senate however, a GoFundMe campaign is using money to remind Texans of Trump’s previous ideas of Cruz.
CREDIT: Image courtesy of Antonio Arellano.
The campaign is using money raised for billboard throughout Texas featuring tweets by Trump about Cruz.
Trump went on vicious and person attacks against Cruz when they were running against each other fo rthe Republican nomination in 2016. Now as president, he’s changed his tune. Last week, Trump tweeted: “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas—weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!”
Trump’s new perspective on Cruz prompted Antonio Arellano founder of USA Latinx, Claude Taylor, and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to team up and show voters Trump’s contradictory opinion.
Hey @davidhogg111 How about this. Let’s do a mobile billboard truck with Trump’s tweet and we can move it around Texas. Let’s work on putting that together-like this truck but with (edited) Trump tweet. What do you think? pic.twitter.com/OfFjnYjC5A
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) September 1, 2018
“Help support the billboard with Trump’s tweet about Ted Cruz outside his Texas rallies with Ted, donate here,” Hogg tweeted this weekend.
In just three days, the campaign surpassed it’s goal of $6,000, reaching almost $10,000.
Later, Hogg tweeted: “We did it!!!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed.”
The big question remained: which Trump tweet would they use for the billboard?
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 2, 2018
In an interview with mitú, Arellano said that for now one mobile billboard would drive around certain parts of Texas, but hinted they may do more.
“We are considering other tweets but will be continue strategizing that in the days to come not ruling anything out yet,” Arellano said.
One of the reasons the organizers pushed for this kind of campaign is education.
We are hoping to have the #TrumpTweetTruck on the road within a week telling Texans what Trump really thinks about Lynin Ted! cc thanks to our partners in this project @davidhogg111 and @USALatinx pic.twitter.com/UiKIGOPn09
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) September 3, 2018
The organizers want to educate Texans on how they are viewed by different politicians. Last week, Trump escalated his feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions by calling him a “dumb Southerner.” The insult has drawn criticism from Southern representatives in Congress.
“Texas is ground zero for our efforts because of the historic demographic shift that is happening,” Arellano said. “In the next four years — by 2022 Latinos will be the majority of the demographic in Texas. We are working towards making sure our local politics give our communities the authentication representation we deserve.”