Ted Cruz bombarded with mockery as his tweet attacking ‘criminal’ Lev Parnas backfires
Sen. Ted Cruz -- (R-TX)

After being granted with gallery tickets by Sen. Chuck Schumer's office to be a spectator of President Trump's impeachment trial this Wednesday, indicted Ukraine-born businessman Lev Parnas had his hopes dashed when he was turned away by Senate security because he was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor -- a violation of Senate rules that ban all electronics from the chamber.

The news amused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who took to Twitter and wasted no time pointing out Parnas's status as a defendant.

"Scenes from the impeachment trial: Schumer invited Lev Parnas to be his personal guest today at the trial," Cruz tweeted. 'Minutes ago, Parnas was ejected from the gallery...because he’s wearing an ankle bracelet mandated bc he’s a criminal defendant accused of serious felonies! #CantMakeItUp"

In response, President Trump's critics on Twitter wasted no time in pointing out what they see as the irony in Cruz's sentiment: