The declassification of former Ambassador Susan Rice's email is a blow to President Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama worked behind the scenes to illegally target his campaign with the Justice Department, as Rice made it clear that Obama had demanded any counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia must go "by the book."
But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that Rice's notes actually provide evidence for "Obamagate" — and by way of analogy, Cruz invoked his favorite Star Trek series.
In Star Trek II (Wrath of Kahn - the best of the series), when Kirk says “by the book” it’s code to mean he’s lying… https://t.co/aKyJZhJsDz— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1589919615.0
Cruz's logic was met with mockery on social media. Some fellow Star Trek fans pointed out that he hadn't even gotten the reference right.
@drmistercody @tedcruz Cody, I feel like you are missing the subtly of the Esteemed Senator's point. It seems he is… https://t.co/pEnw4TAwAp— Bret (@Bret) 1589920958.0
@tedcruz do you think wrath of khan is a documentary? is this why you think space pirates are real? https://t.co/cASSxfQhnd— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1589920216.0
@JediCounselor @tedcruz Now you've gone WAY over Ted's head. lol— Joanne Mayoza (@Joanne Mayoza) 1589920313.0
@tedcruz "By the Book" doesn't mean he is lying, it means it is in code (hours could seem like days) & refers the t… https://t.co/Y6VgC4Gfaf— KIPPRLiberty (@KIPPRLiberty) 1589919907.0
@tedcruz Actually, he said it to indicate that he was following the rules. "No uncoded transmissions on an open cha… https://t.co/NCld9FadDK— Robert Tracinski (@Robert Tracinski) 1589920221.0
@jaywillis @tedcruz Wrath of Kahn was when Mel Brooks cut one of her scenes from Young Frankenstein.— MissAnneThrope (@MissAnneThrope) 1589921139.0
@tedcruz I honestly do not think quoting Star Trek is the best look for Republicans. in Star Trek, most Republicans… https://t.co/uPxojjxv5I— Democracy First (@Democracy First) 1589919907.0