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Here’s What People Have To Say About Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz Mocking His Opponent For Using A Nickname

Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, R-Texas, seems to be taking tips from the President of the United States. In a new campaign ad, Cruz, who is seeking re-election to the Senate, took a jab against his opponent Democrat candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. Cruz’ Senate campaign released a radio ad jingle referencing how O’Rourke goes by Beto and not his given name, Robert.

Here’s the song released by Cruz’s re-election campaign.

The lyrics include: “You gotta be tough as Texas / And honest about your plans/ If you’re gonna run in Texas / You can’t be a liberal man / I remember reading stories / Liberal Robert wanted to fit in / So he changed his name to Beto / And hid it with a grin.”

The song implies that O’Rourke is pandering to Latinos and Democrats by going as Beto.

The name Beto would have you believe that perhaps it’s a nickname for Ernesto, but  O’Rourke, who is not Latino, decided to go by Beto because he didn’t want to be confused with his father who bears the same name. According to Rolling Stone, O’Rourke has been going by Beto since he was a young boy.

People on social media are criticizing Cruz for calling out O’Rourke particularly because he also changed his name from Raphael to Ted.

Cruz’s middle name is Edward, which is why he goes by Ted rather than Rafael, his father’s name.

Cruz was named after his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz,  who is a Cuban-American preacher, Rolling Stone reports.

In a response to his ad poking fun at O’Rourke, CNN asked Cruz about his own name. He said CNN: “You’re absolutely right. My name is Rafael Edward Cruz,” Cruz said. “I am the son of my father Rafael Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba who came to Texas with nothing.”

Cruz said the ad was supposed to be funny.

“In terms of the jingle, some of it is just having a sense of humor,” Cruz said on CNN. “We had some fun with it.”

Beto responded to the song and threw Ted the best subtle shade ever.

#Repost @nonsisamai ・・・ Ted Cruz, è un senatore repubblicano del Texas. Quando decise di candidarsi alla Casa Bianca, Trump lo affondò in maniera spettacolare mettendo in giro la voce del tutto infondata che suo padre fosse coinvolto nientemeno che nell'omicidio di John Kennedy. Lui però dopo la sconfitta alle primarie, non abbandonò la politica, è ancora qui purtroppo e sta anche cercando di farsi rieleggere. Ieri, per esempio, ha detto che i democratici sono il partito di Lisa Simpson mente i repubblicani sono il partito di Homer. Come tutti sanno, Lisa è il personaggio più intelligente della famiglia Simpson, ma lui non lo intendeva come un complimento, lui si rivolge agli Homer non alle Lisa. Grazie al cielo, Beto O'rourke sta cercando in tutti i modi di salvarci da tutto questo. Tutti erano scettici all'inizio e invece, sembra davvero che possa avere qualche chance di diventare il nostro nuovo senatore. Beto è giovane, intelligente e ha le mani più grandi di Gianni Morandi, io dico che sentiremo ancora a lungo parlare di lui. ?? #expatlife #texas #texaspolitics #tedcruz #betoorourke #gobeto #betofortexas #hope #ELECTION2018 #bluewave #resist #indivisible #midterms2018 #dallas #houston #elpaso #sanantonio #corpuschristi #democrats

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O’Rourke said on CNN: “I just don’t think that’s what folks in Texas want us to focus on.” He added: “We can get into name-calling and talk about why the other person is such an awful guy, or we can focus on the big things we want to do for the future of our country, for the generations that will succeed us,” he said. “We can focus on the small, mean, petty stuff, or we can be big, bold, courageous, and confident.”


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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Fell Asleep While President Biden Spoke About Immigration

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Sen. Ted Cruz Fell Asleep While President Biden Spoke About Immigration

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On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden gave a speech to the joint session of Congress. Biden’s speech covered everything from gun control, to COVID-19, to immigration reform, to his new $1.8 trillion “families plan”. But one person, in particular, didn’t seem to care about any of it. That person, of course, was Ted Cruz.

When President Joe Biden was in the middle of speaking about the current immigration crisis going on, the camera panned to Ted Cruz who appeared to be nodding off.

Joe Biden, speaking on immigration, was saying, “If you actually want to solve a problem, I’ve sent a bill to take a close look at it,” but Rafael Cruz, apparently, wasn’t awake to hear about the problem that needed to be solved. And it wouldn’t be the first time Cancún Cruz checked out when facing a crisis.

“Look, immigrants have done so much for America during this pandemic and throughout our history,” Biden continued, while Cruz was snoozing. “The country supports immigration reform. We should act. Let’s argue over it. Let’s debate over it. But let’s act.”

Twitter quickly exploded when they saw that Rafael Cruz was falling asleep. The hashtag #TedSnooze started to trend almost immediately.

“Since @tedcruz lives in Texas and Biden is talking about exactly the immigration issue he and his constituents scream about, could Ted stay awake for just a minute or two?” wrote one angry Twitter user.

“Daydreaming about being in Cancún and screwing his constituents over again,” wrote another.

But some weren’t so convinced that Cruz’s sleepiness was authentic. After all, this is a man who isn’t afraid to engage in theatrics to keep the spotlight on him. “My first & persistent thought seeing the pics: ‘That’s someone pretending to sleep to be a jerk [because] he has nothing better to offer. Troll,'” wrote one skeptical Twitter user.

Later, when he appeared on Fox News to recap Biden’s speech, Cruz wanted to make sure that the entire nation knew what he thought of Biden’s speech: boring.

“You could sum up tonight’s speech in three words: boring but radical,” he said to Sean Hannity. “The speech by design was calm and dulcet tones. I challenge you to remember a single line from the speech.”

Since then, Ted Cruz has been retweeting images of him “sleeping” during Biden’s speech like it somehow proves how “boring” Biden’s speech was. Cruz’s behavior lends credence to the theory that he was, in fact, faking his sleepiness.

Based on Sen. Ted Cruz’s past shenanigans, we wouldn’t put it past him to have pretended to fall asleep on Wednesday just to keep the headlines revolving around him. In the end, that’s what’s most important to him.

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