U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is joining the right wing pile-on attacking liberals for a ban that does not exist on Dr. Seuss books – but the Republican from Texas is going one step further, placing blame for the non-existent ban directly on President Joe Biden.
Among those lying about the "cancel culture" banning of Dr. Suess are Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, who said on Tuesday, “There's this cancel culture trying to cancel Dr. Seuss now." Donald Trump, Jr. also lied, telling Earhardt, "You know they're canceling Dr. Seuss from reading programs," which is false.
Glenn Beck lied, saying, “They have now banned six books from Dr. Seuss," although like everyone else, he never said who "they" are.
There is absolutely no "ban" on Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss has not been banned, nor has Dr. Seuss been canceled.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises last year decided six of the beloved author's 60 books do not meet their standards. Some were written nearly a century ago, and the company that owns the copyright to the Seuss books decided to stop licensing those six lesser-known books over depictions of racism they admit are "hurtful and wrong."
Enter Senator Cruz, fresh from lying last week about Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland.
Senator Ted Cruz has decided the "they" in "they are banning" is none other than President Joe Biden.
Wednesday Cruz tweeted a photo that supposedly depicts the top eight best-selling Seuss books – none of which are being discontinued.
He claimed President Biden is responsible for increased sales of the books.
Who knew Joe Biden was such a great book seller. pic.twitter.com/7SNmUOQGaB
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 3, 2021
Perhaps being dissatisfied with the degree of lying – in this case apparently thinking he had not lied enough, Cruz dashed off yet another tweet, this time trying to make some cash on the deal.
Could Biden try to ban my book next? One Vote Away was the #1 Bestseller on Amazon a couple of months ago...maybe Joe could get it back there? GET it HERE: https://t.co/qts9gyKX1A https://t.co/C7nrpwQhPr
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 3, 2021
Many on social media expressed outrage. Some noted that Cruz's book was a bestseller in large part because it was purchased in bulk which may have violated FEC rules.
WTF is this all about. Cruz is smart enough to know that Biden had absolutely no involvement with the decision of the Dr. Seuss estate to stop selling a few of his books. (Not any of these bestsellers.) But Cruz thinks people are dumb enough that this will be effective. https://t.co/S2JZrfuuAo
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 3, 2021
This had literally nothing to do with Biden but I don't think Cruz had the literacy to read the publisher's announcement. https://t.co/N79d0nZXVW
— Josey (@joseyfish) March 3, 2021
Kinda weird that you're touting a “best seller" list as an example of “banned" books. Of course, that's completely on brand for you
— Kyle Kolbe (@kkolbe77) March 3, 2021
— BellaB (@Divadoll2014) March 3, 2021
Your book was purchased in mass by GOP PACs to make it a best seller. It's a common trick notably done by Trump.
— Skipp Maiden (@skippmaiden) March 3, 2021
You should be banned from holding office for you participation in the insurrection 1.6.21
— barbara M (@blmck3) March 3, 2021
I feel like this attempt to stir up ignorant anger in your base is more transparent than usual.
— Amanda (@AmandaGaBaBa) March 3, 2021
Hey how's fixing the grid and people's water supply coming along? No? Nothing yet? AOC had to pick up the slack... @givetedtheboot https://t.co/mPlYGOgd3t
— Abbott Kills (@sportsidiocracy) March 3, 2021
When are you going to start working and stop tweeting this nonsense Rafael? you are paid to WORK not tweet, like wtf! https://t.co/iz0gSUfL0p
— 🌜Kimberly🌛 (@bierhere) March 3, 2021
Biden had literally nothing to do with the Dr. Seuss thing but go off I guess https://t.co/M0QokbfLZR
— Bridget (@Vrazumikhin) March 3, 2021
They didn't discontinue The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham and Joe Biden had nothing to do with a company's decision to stop publishing racist stuff. As I asked on my show last night: can Cruz get through any week/day without saying something ridiculous or dishonest? https://t.co/bNuX5flZhw
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 3, 2021
It's all a grift, always has been, always will be. They would prefer to not talk about a bill that is supported by 78% of Americans, and instead find ways to dupe their supporters into being outraged and wringing a few bucks from them. https://t.co/pbtyVuzDQy
— Josh Caplan (@TheJoshCaplan) March 3, 2021
Repeating myself... Hey, did you know that it was the estate of Dr. Seuss'that initiated these actions? Not anyone in government. Does that change your ranting at all?#DrSeuss #FactsMatter https://t.co/2E3ZV3gLDM
— justin greywolf (@GreywolfJustin) March 3, 2021
Omg I just realized that none of those books were “canceled". Plus it's Dr. Seuss's estate that's “cancelling" them, not Biden. But Cruz never lets facts get in his way. https://t.co/pXnzqKeBLk
— Lisa Wetzelberger (@LisaWetzelberge) March 3, 2021
Yesterday Cruz tweeted 5 times about Dr. Seuss, today an elected official makes it look like the government outlawed the book. The campaign of lies and propaganda is alive and well with republicans.
— Glen DRF (@Gleninmtl) March 3, 2021