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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) failed miserably in trying to lash out at his former U.S. Senate opponent and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
It all began after news publication The Rebel posted an online clip of O’Rourke at CNN’s seven-hour town hall—in which the current 2020 Democrats spoke on their policies regarding climate change. When it came time for O’Rourke to speak, he gave an anecdote about his son questioning if their city of El Paso, Texas, could still be sustainable to human life, despite rising temperature and climate change.
“When I was talking to him the other night, he asked me, ‘dad if you win and you become president we get to live in El Paso, right.’ And I said no, ‘if we win … we would live in Washington D.C.,” O’Rourke shared. “But he knew because I had told him about the warming that we face, that our community will be uninhabitable–will not sustain human life along this current trajectory unless something dramatically and fundamentally changes.”
Beto O'Rourke says his 8 year old son told him that they cannot live in El Paso in the near future because it "would not sustain human life unless something dramatic changes" with climate change.— The Rebel (@RebelNewsOnline) September 5, 2019
Yeah, okay. pic.twitter.com/i2Gxe4eYyX
For some reason, Cruz responded to the clip of O’Rourke with the caption: “Um, El Paso is land-locked.”
Um, El Paso is land-locked. https://t.co/ORXqu5ojCz— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 5, 2019
And what followed was a lot of confusion, but also a lot of jokes.
“Climate change doesn’t just affect areas near the water…,” said @Daniepwils.
Climate change doesn't just affect areas near the water...— DPW 🌹 - Keeping the status quo = privilege (@Daniepwils) September 5, 2019
Clearly, O’Rourke was talking about the three-digit temperatures El Paso has been having lately, referring to the fact that the blistering heat in his city could make it uninhabitable.
However, it seems Cruz was thinking about rising sea levels and potential flooding to the area. Hence, why he pointed out that El Paso was landlocked. He failed to realize that flooding and rising sea levels are not the only dangers climate changes pose.
“You know “uninhabitable” can mean things besides “under water,” yes? Similar to if someone said Trump “humiliated you,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re talking about how he lied about your dad. They could also be talking about how he called your wife ugly. For instance,” said @JoePort.
You know “uninhabitable” can mean things besides “under water,” yes? Similar to if someone said trump “humiliated you,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re talking about how he lied about your dad. They could also be talking about how he called your wife ugly. For instance.— Joe Port 🇺🇸 (@JoePort) September 5, 2019
Um...he said nothing about water.— SmithStreet (@smithstreet1969) September 6, 2019
But, that wouldn’t fit your antagonistic agenda, now, would it?!?
This would be so laughable except there’s millions of people that believe this. #climatechangeosfake— Garrett (@Garrett40535806) September 5, 2019
“I also hear there are parts of Texas where you can fry an egg [on the] sidewalk in summer. Imagine what it will be like once Climate Change comes with its unrelenting oppression,” said actress Patricia Arquette.
I also hear there are parts of Texas where you can fry an egg not he sidewalk in summer. Imagine what it will be like once Climate Change comes with its unrelenting oppression.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 5, 2019
Cruz has not responded to the backlash. But that’s because by now he’s probably used to it.
Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.