Ted Cruz's social media team has reached a dark new low.
Right before Senate hopeful Beta O'Rourke's debate with Cruz last night, where the sitting Senator skirted the question about whether police violence against African-Americans was a problem, Cruz released a seemingly innocuous video on Twitter featuring O'Rourke.
In it, Beto denounces the murder of Botham Jean, who was mysteriously killed in his apartment by an off-duty police officer.
Botham Shem Jean, who is black, was unarmed at the time of his death. It's unclear why his neighbor, a white off-duty police officer, entered his apartment and proceeded to shoot him. The case is ongoing.
Of all the videos Cruz could have shown of O'Rourke, he chose to share this one — in which the candidate denounces a seemingly cold-blooded murder, all while in a black church.
What, Twitter wanted to know, was so bad about Beto's stand?
Republicans like Ted Cruz get fake mad when anyone points out Republican politics is driven by appeals to race panic, and then pull unsubtle crap like this. https://t.co/P8J7y7uf5Y
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 22, 2018
I know how badly we want this to be another Classic Ted Cruz Self Own, but consider the possibility that he knows exactly what he’s doing here. https://t.co/1QNg0JgrsY
— Tyler HuckaKree (@TylerHuckabee) September 22, 2018
— Hasan Piker (@hasanthehun) September 22, 2018
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 22, 2018
TED CRUZ’S OPPO GUY: Amazing news...I found an old video of Beto rushing into a burning building to save a puppy. Neighbors are cheering and crying and Beto looks very humble
CRUZ: This is why I pay you five million dollars per year
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) September 22, 2018
Honestly, this tweet is far worse than the one Cruz liked about porn.
Here's a video of O'Rourke playing the air drums to cleanse your moral palette:
ICYMI: Beto O’Rourke went to Whataburger after the Ted Cruz debate last night and played the airdrums to Baba O’Riley pic.twitter.com/XimtqmikNj
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) September 22, 2018