Did Ted Cruz mistakenly release a pro-Beto O'Rourke video?
Ted Cruz speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

It's rare that a political candidate effectively endorses their current opponent, but that appears to be what Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) just did.

Ahead of his Friday night debate with Democrat Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Cruz posted to Twitter a dynamic, amazing, compelling, wonderful video (below) of Beto O'Rourke talking about the killing of Botham Shem Jean, a Black man shot to death in his own apartment by a white police officer. Dallas police, in a move clearly made to try to discredit the victim, later revealed they had found marijuana in the apartment.

"How can it be, in this day and age, in this very year, in this community, that a young man, African-American, in his own apartment, is shot and killed by a police officer?" O'Rourke asks a crowd assembled in a church.

His words, empathy, and delivery are reminiscent of Barack Obama. Some have compared him to Robert F. Kennedy.

"And when we all want justice and the facts and the information to make an informed decision, what's released to the public? That he had a small amount of marijuana in his kitchen," O'Rourke continues.

"How can that be just in this country? How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers? That is not justice. That is not us. That can and must change."

Ted Cruz posted the video clip, tweeting, "In Beto O'Rourke's own words."

Yes, those are O'Rourke's own words. His own amazing, rousing, brilliant, insightful, and one-hundred percent righteous words.


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It's hard to imagine anyone watching this video and not thinking O'Rourke is absolutely correct.

Some responses to Cruz's tweet: