Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t just receive a drubbing at the polls on Tuesday night; he was also raked over the coals online on Tuesday for attempting to invoke the seminal basketball film Hoosiers.
As Gawker reported, the Tea Party lawmaker was campaigning in a Knightstown, Indiana high school gymnasium when he attempted to re-enact a scene from the film, asking a staffer to measure how high one of the basketball rims was — an homage to a famous scene in the movie where coach Nathan Dale (Gene Hackman) inspires his team.
“The amazing thing is that basketball ring here in Indiana, it’s the same height as it is in New York City and every other place in this country,” Cruz said, botching the most basic of basketball terms. “And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do.”
Cruz, who would go on to lose all five Republican Party primaries during the evening, was also mocked by Twitter users, as seen below:
— Jeff Warden (@JeffDWarden) April 27, 2016
When you hear Ted Cruz call a basketball goal a "basketball ring" pic.twitter.com/Ycrru1Za5z
— Pro Hoops History (@ProHoopsHistory) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz called a basketball hoop a "basketball ring" and that still doesn't crack the top 50 for dumbest things said this election
— Jay Smith (@_SmithJ_) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz's campaign went to the trouble of having the Hickory sign and everything. And still proceeded to call it a basketball ring 😐😐😐
— Central Scrutinizer (@treyphanastasio) April 27, 2016
Wow, @tedcruz referred to a hoop at the Hoosier gym as a "basketball ring". As a Texan, I apologize for the monster we created.
— Richie Branson (@richiebranson) April 27, 2016
— Rints (@SharpSk8s) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz called a basketball hoop a "basketball ring" in tonight's speech pic.twitter.com/cpLmoJLS6x
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) April 27, 2016
— Colin Capps (@CWCapps22) April 27, 2016
Ted Cruz has ruined the sport of basketball forever. I will now go cover NASCAR or something else terrible https://t.co/KUyNe9Bvwr
— J A R E D W E I S S (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) April 27, 2016