Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th president, died 11 years ago today. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)—who, like every other Republican presidential candidate, wants to be seen as the next Reagan—marked the occasion by tweeting that he missed Reagan and asked his followers to share their favorite memories of the conservative movement’s hero.
We miss you, Mr. President. What is your favorite Reagan moment? pic.twitter.com/oWkQe0KNdG— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 5, 2015
But while conservatives remember Reagan’s presidency fondly, the rest of America remembers the things he did that his disciples would rather forget or mischaracterize. Cruz’s tweet offered Reagan’s critics the perfect opportunity to sound off with the requisite Twitter snark.
.@SenTedCruz when he invented crack to destroy low income communities.— Shinjawn (@FanSince09) June 5, 2015
@SenTedCruz When he started going senile and spent all his time eating jelly beans.— Safdie Brothers onlyfans (@dumblilbea) June 5, 2015
And then some flat-out macabre stuff.
@SenTedCruz when he died— Jose Rios (@RiosJose559) June 5, 2015
But it’s worth remember that as much as Reagan did to promote a conservative vision for America and the world, there are still people on the extreme fringe of the right-wing movement who think he didn’t go far enough.
@SenTedCruz the one where he raised taxes. Oh nono, the one where he granted immigrants amnesty. Waitwait, the one where he didn't send troo— Bukayo Saka Liker (@3k_) June 5, 2015
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