During his speech he once again appeared to try to incite an insurrection, attacked President Joe Biden, screamed for over a minute, closed his speech by yelling at the top of his lungs, "Freedom!" and mocked U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who raised over $5 million for Texas storm victims – Cruz's constituents who literally struggled to stay alive in sub-freezing temperates for days without power or water while he vacationed in Cancun.
Cruz name-checked William Wallace, who was portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film "Braveheart." Wallace was a leader in the First War of Scottish Independence, and was put to death for treason. Gibson's character been described as a "nationalist guerrilla leader" in the film, so it's unclear why Cruz would be promoting him, given America faced an attempted coup last month.
“There is a natural pendulum to politics and the country will come back to sanity and mark my words, 2022 is going to be a fantastic election year, and so is 2024, as we stand together and defend liberty, defend the Constitution, defend the Bill of Rights of every American. In the immortal words of William Wallace, 'Freedom!'" Cruz screamed.
But before he got to that point, Cruz mocked Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.
Republican Tim Miller, who worked with Republicans Voting Against Trump and appears frequently on MSNBC, put it this way:
First CPAC mention of the domestic terrorist attack on the capitol comes from Ted Cruz.
He makes fun of AOC for being scared. — Tim Miller (@Timodc) February 26, 2021
CNN's Jake Tapper weighed in:
"AOC is telling us she was murdered," Cruz "jokes" to the CPAC crowd
This was 3 days after saying people shouldn't "be assholes" (a reference to alleged friends sharing texts w reporters about Cruz family going to Cancun during the deadly storm in Texas).... 1/ https://t.co/FFpu1CzCE8 — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 26, 2021
Democrats "control the White House," and "they control every executive branch, where they control both houses of Congress," Cruz screeched. "Bernie is wearing mittens. AOC is telling us she was 'murdered,'" he says, mocking her for accusing him of almost having her murdered because he helped to incite the insurrection.
"And the media, desperately, desperately, desperately wants to see a republican Civil War. Liberty is under assault and what are we gonna do? I'll tell you. We will fight. Liberty," he says, once again appearing to push for insurrection.
Ted Cruz made fun of @AOC for being scared during the Capitol attack that he helped to incite. #CPAC pic.twitter.com/bspJ9Ndjpo
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 26, 2021
Here's how people are responding:
NARRATOR: "@AOC raised over $5,000,000 to help the people in @tedcruz's state without power, food, and/or water, the same people Ted Cruz had blithely abandoned to lollygag by the pool at a foreign, luxury resort." #BadStandupRoutines https://t.co/Wyahstsi9U
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 26, 2021
AOC raised $5M for Texas winter storm relief. She is a congresswoman from New York. Cruz left town. He should keep his pie hole closed. https://t.co/keOwfp46UA
— Lloyd Andrews (@Thunderballs2) February 26, 2021
@tedcruz Cruz...You find what you said about AOC and Bernie funny?. You a low down, dirty, nasty, foul, and vile. It is people like you who should be put out of office. That is the White Supremacy in you. Dont worry, Democrats will continue to prevail before and after you.
— Kenneth Stanback (@StanbackKenneth) February 26, 2021
Honestly, no one listens to Ted Cruz. He has zero integrity, so we just consider the source. AOC has my thanks.
— Lyn Rising 🌊💙🖤🌊 (@LynStrange) February 26, 2021
Cruz hides his failure as a human by making fun or insulting others. Bottom line: he left the people of Texas to freeze and AOC raised millions to help them.
— Esther Fusco (@fusco_esther) February 26, 2021