Senator Ted Cruz's latest attempt to be relatable and clever ended up blowing up in his face on Friday morning after he weighed in on the announcement from Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians that they will change their mascot to the Guardians next season in honor of iconic statues close to the stadium.
The team had announced previously they would be dropping the Indians' name after eliminating the cartoonish and offensive Chief Wahoo logo.
Seeing a multitude of conservatives gnashing their teeth at the name change -- calling it "cancel culture" -- Cruz dove in by writing "Why does MLB hate Indians?" over a link from MLB displaying the new array of Guardian logos.
Needless to say, Cruz's attempt at what he probably thinks is funny or trenchant social commentary didn't gain the Texas Republican any new fans as some of the comments below show:
@tedcruz All these attempts and still none of your lame jokes have landed.— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) 1627051201.0
@tedcruz Imagine if Ted Cruz was even a fraction as concerned about his own state as he is about Ohio and Georgia a… https://t.co/7JjiAfiG0C— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1627051924.0
@tedcruz You are such a dope. Like, how do you not fall down more when walking?— Crushing (@Crushing) 1627051338.0
@meltedpotmama @tedcruz That would mean he'd have to interact with them and we all know that is not going to happen… https://t.co/XvvraqvF8Q— Xondra Day (@Xondra Day) 1627053168.0
@tedcruz Maybe focus on policy-making, your constituents’ needs, literally ANYTHING in your job description, rather than this???— Wit Beyond Measure ⚡️ (@Wit Beyond Measure ⚡️) 1627052460.0
@tedcruz Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous.— napacab (@napacab) 1627052076.0
@CMReischman @tedcruz That the American taxpayer is paying for, no less.— Connor @ 🏠 (@Connor @ 🏠) 1627052355.0
@tedcruz I think you might be a touch confused about what's happening here— Daniel Arias (@Daniel Arias) 1627052038.0
@tedcruz The MLB doesn’t, Indians don’t want to be a mascot and they have that right. If Texas Rangers changed thei… https://t.co/0LlyAtjsWO— CEOShamer (@CEOShamer) 1627052134.0