U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is being mocked and chastised after claiming on Monday that "nobody is banning" critical race theory, the now-highly contentious school of study used to examine societal issues and institutions that propagate and perpetuate systemic racism. Conservatives like Cruz have decided that any anti-racism instruction should be called "critical race theory," with Fox News using the term 1300 times in under four months.
"Trump Derangement Syndrome is astonishing," Cruz tweeted, inexplicably bringing the disgraced former president in to the conversation to attack anti-Trump conservative Charlie Sykes, "who used to be conservative, Cruz claimed, and "is now defending critical race theory."
"He proffers a series of straw men, eg, don't 'ban' it. Nobody is banning it; but we don't have to allow schools to teach our kids to hate each other based on race."
In fact, as NBC News reported, as of last week 21 states across the country are in the process of (16 states) or already have (5 states) banned the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms.
Critical race theory does not "teach kids to hate each other based on race," or based on anything else.
Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt unleashed his anger onto the Republican Senator from Texas.
"This is what racial demagoguery looks like in 2021," Schmidt, a student of history, declared. Senator Cruz "is coloring in his part of the toxic mosaic, speaking in a code that when assembled completely says, militant black people who hate you and want to take your pocessions [sic] away are trying to brain wash your kids into hating you."
Ted Cruz "is doing what he has always done," Schmidt continued. "He is lying and trying to scare dim witted and vulnerable people into maintaining his political power by conning them into believing they need protection from something that in fact doesn't exist in primary and secondary educational curriculum. It's not real."
educational curriculum. It's not real. @tedcruz is a vandal. He has been from the moment he arrived in Washington. From the nonsensical government shutdowns and brazen displays of cowardice, around even defending his wife and dad, Cruz is a living refutation of manly virtue. 3
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 21, 2021
Schmidt was far from the only one to go after Cruz.
Florida just banned it
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 21, 2021
The problem here, Rafael, is that "kids" aren't being taught this. CRT is taught in some college courses and you know this very well but you coninue to lie about.
*Checks notes Oh, yeah. Lyin' Ted. I forgot for a second. Carry on then, Rafa. — Scapper 💙 (@realscapper) June 21, 2021
Not allowing something in schools is literally banning that thing from schools
— Jason (@Jason_MF_Miller) June 21, 2021
Literally banned in Florida. https://t.co/TIEe6YNYuI
— M.D. Lafrance (@MD_Lafrance) June 21, 2021
By the way, Sykes replied. Twice.
Shorter Cruz: Let's ban it. And say we didn't. https://t.co/KuK1laLB3g
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021
Cruz: "Nobody is banning it." Florida: Hold our beer -- > https://t.co/4KkKCrvB5d Bonus --> https://t.co/KwPNey3Y4L https://t.co/KuK1laLB3g — Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021