Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) called on her counterpart from the other side of Congress, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), to inform Twitter users about the history of America’s opposing parties, prompting Cruz to give an unexpected reply.
The impetus for the Twitter back-and-forth came after Cruz commented on Florida’s travel advisory from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which suggested the state “devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color.”
On Sunday (May 21), Cruz took to Twitter to describe the NAACP’s travel advisory as “bizarre” and “utterly dishonest.”
Cruz elaborated that “In the 1950s and 1960s, the NAACP did extraordinary good helping lead the civil rights movement,” but suggested that “Dr. King would be ashamed” of the organization because of “how profoundly they lost their way.”
A Twitter user replied to Cruz’s tweet, suggesting that the Texas Republic would have been “first in line to filibuster” voting rights acts and civil rights acts.
“Nonsense,” Cruz retorted, relaying that it was Democrats who led the filibuster and Republicans “proudly voted for the Civil Rights Act” by a much higher percentage than the racist Dems.
Ocasio-Cortez then entered the fray, asking Cruz to “tell people what happened to the parties after that.”
Cruz took the Democrat up on the offer, responding in a tweet saying, “Of course,” and then relayed how Democrats “founded the KKK… wrote Jim Crow laws,” and then filibustered the Civil Rights Act.”
He then turned his attention to what Democrats were currently doing, including filibustering “school choice,” which he claimed trapped “millions of black kids in failing schools.”
Cruz added that Dems are pushing to defund the police resulting in the murders of many black people, and blamed Democrat Senators for voting against his bill to stop D.C. from removing 40 percent of black children from schools because they were unvaccinated.