After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Donald Trump’s presidency “fun to watch” in an epistle penned for Time‘s “100 Most Influential” issue, the senator’s Democratic challenger called him out for making light of the ills of the administration.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) wrote in a Medium post that Cruz “refers to the man who attacked his family — and the administration that has undermined so much of the decency and dignity of public life — as ‘great fun to watch.'”
“I don’t think that comment represents Texas,” O’Rourke continued. “Because it’s not been great fun to watch President Trump refuse to condemn the racist and dangerous behavior of Klansmen and white nationalists marching with torches in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.”
“Nor was it a laughing matter,” he wrote, “when he insulted women, attacked a Mexican American judge based on his ethnicity, threatened the rights of LGBTQ Americans, and called the press the enemy of the people.”
The Senate hopeful that has consistently beat Cruz in fundraising without the help of super-PACs went on to blast the incumbent for making a comment that disregards Americans threatened by the GOP’s proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the more than 200,000 Texan DREAMers that “face the real possibility of being sent to a country they don’t know.”
“As he stoops to bow to President Trump in the pages of Time,” O’Rourke concluded, “Ted Cruz reminds us that we can do much better. That with the right leadership in Texas we can lead this country past the divisiveness, the meanness, the paranoia and the smallness.”