Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced backlash online on Sunday after he suggested restaurant servers are grifting government money instead of working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruz made the remarks during an appearance on the CBS program Face the Nation.
“I’ve spoken to small business owners all over the state of Texas who are trying to reopen,” the senator said, “and they are calling their waiters and waitresses, they are calling their bus boys and they won’t come back.”
Cruz added: “And of course they won’t come back because the federal government is paying them in some instances twice as much money to stay home.”
Restaurant servers and their families immediately lashed out at Cruz on Twitter.
Many argued that Cruz should focus his attention on getting wages up instead of attacking wait staff. Others warned Cruz to think twice before eating out next time.
Read some of the comments below.
Hey @tedcruz, perhaps all those people across Texas don't want to go back to work because there's a major outbreak… https://t.co/1By3KhG5EH— Advice for Dodos (@Advice for Dodos)1595775878.0
Ted Cruz on F the N talking about how waitstaff should not get $600.00 week unemployment because they do not make m… https://t.co/U8oR5hqbgY— Donna 🌏👩🏻⚕️🙀🇺🇸 (@Donna 🌏👩🏻⚕️🙀🇺🇸)1595776266.0
Ted Cruz does not get it. He refuses to help the 40 million Americans out of work ! He needs to know how it feels… https://t.co/eYZDsdYLBV— Johnco (@Johnco)1595776533.0
That’s right @tedcruz punish those w/ few resources & opportunities, just getting by w/o a job. Punish “busboys” wh… https://t.co/oK9Z3ECjuU— Carol Plemons (@Carol Plemons)1595777223.0
OMG Ted Cruz on @FaceTheNation, says the House plan to continue the $600 supplement is just "shoveling trillions o… https://t.co/TT617YDSEb— Chris (@Chris)1595779196.0
Did anyone watch Ted Cruz on Face the Nation? Ted harped a lot about getting back to work, opening schools. He doe… https://t.co/Hx3gZYsIFc— LMelendez #GoodTrouble🌊🌊🌊🇨🇱🌹 (@LMelendez #GoodTrouble🌊🌊🌊🇨🇱🌹)1595780285.0
Someone spit in Cruz's dinner plate..Ted Cruz spews disgust at ‘waiters and waitresses’ who he says don’t deserve $600 unemployment checks— DrinkitPlain (@DrinkitPlain)1595780790.0
Ted Cruz in Sunday’s Face the Nation. He needs a reality check, his GOP cronies gave millions relief money to busin… https://t.co/H6p65mrJ0a— Sandra E. (@Sandra E.)1595781696.0
Let me tell you @tedcruz, my sis owns a huge salon in LA County, she is trying to survive. No stimulus money to he… https://t.co/6MCtWJU9Vk— CjoMolly (@CjoMolly)1595782772.0
Ted Cruz says waiters and waitresses don't deserve $600 checks. I would like to see him work one shift as a waiter.… https://t.co/W6qq6kuXg9— Kathmandu1214 (@Kathmandu1214)1595784024.0
Dear @tedcruz, Waiters and waitresses vote. You may want to remember who you work for.— Myonlinealias 🇺🇸❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (@Myonlinealias 🇺🇸❤️🧡💛💚💙💜)1595784119.0
Wow. @tedcruz on @FaceTheNation says their are 2 crises in America: the pandemic and the economic collapse and th… https://t.co/qEppEtJrYc— A Stack of Pancakes (@A Stack of Pancakes)1595784152.0
Ted Cruz, if you what Nancy Pelosi is recommending for lower paid people then maybe you should try doing the job th… https://t.co/oeWThdsSRL— Pixie-Dawn 🍁💙🌊🌈👱♀️🧑🏿🦽🍁 (@Pixie-Dawn 🍁💙🌊🌈👱♀️🧑🏿🦽🍁)1595784221.0
#TedCruz your an idiot, how do you expect people to go back to work with a killer virus, your Texas is on the brink… https://t.co/axxZl6HhMh— Jacob Darrah (@Jacob Darrah)1595784226.0
My son was a waiter at a high-end NYC restaurant, and pompous POS @tedcruz wouldn't even make it through the training period.— Suburban Guerrilla Ω (@Suburban Guerrilla Ω)1595784487.0
I think if we all band together and work really hard, we might be able to get @tedcruz on unemployment. Maybe then… https://t.co/aNYOSsG6CG— El Roacho (@El Roacho)1595785008.0
Let's work on getting Ted Cruz to resign or to step down immediately he is out of touch with the people. He's got m… https://t.co/tHKIUYVNN7— Rudedogg (@Rudedogg)1595785294.0
Waitpersons should not vote for Ted Cruz. He holds you in contempt for some reason.— Paul Cogan (@Paul Cogan)1595785353.0
When senators like @tedcruz and @senatemajldr mention that the additional $600 people are getting in unemployment i… https://t.co/LCscBBjp10— Jesse Poppick (@Jesse Poppick)1595785399.0
The real problem is too many Americans aren't making enough money to survive. The extra 600$ a week goes to show th… https://t.co/p26GyLkY66— Connor J. Kennedy (@Connor J. Kennedy)1595785914.0
Hey @tedcruz! Good luck eating out, servers & bartenders are hurting more than you think. But I'm not the guy that lost to @realDonaldTrump.— John Romard (@BostonAttitude) (@John Romard (@BostonAttitude))1595786000.0