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Ted Cruz pleads with Twitter to share reasonable discourse about ‘space pirates’
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He wanted to know why only ‘snarky leftists’ were included in the Twitter Moment.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey late Wednesday that only “snarky leftists” were included in a Twitter Moment about comments he made about needing to protect against space pirates.
“Hey @jack how come Twitter’s ‘moment’ quotes all the snarky leftists making fun of my comments, but doesn’t include my tweets in response explaining the real point that NATIONS like China have already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites?” the senator wrote on Twitter late Wednesday night.
Hey @jack how come Twitter’s “moment” quotes all the snarky leftists making fun of my comments, but doesn’t include my tweets in response explaining the real point that NATIONS like China have already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites? https://t.co/dwkM5ndXj3
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 16, 2019
“Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space,” Cruz said during the hearing. “In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
The complaint from Cruz tracks with complaints among conservatives that social media companies have a bias against them. The White House launched a portal on Wednesday for social media users to log instances of what they believe is bias on the various platforms.
That being said, Cruz’s complaint—like his initial comments—was mocked widely online.
This is the saddest tweet I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/YztBJuA478
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 16, 2019
Go fill out the White House complaint form, Ted. https://t.co/qkE260CFIk
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 16, 2019
it's been 30 minutes since i first saw this tweet and i can't stop laughing at it https://t.co/Aukf2TSPYl
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 16, 2019
Hey @jack, I toured Twitter HQ & didn't see a snarky leftist dept. Where you hiding the millions of employees you must need to monitor all Republicans just so you can mess them up?
Also, are you scared of space pirates like Sen Cruz? And can you give this post lots of retweets? https://t.co/4juntAILma
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 16, 2019
BECAUSE YOU TALKED ABOUT GODDAMN SPACE PIRATES https://t.co/l0oJF9OJQP
— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) May 16, 2019
Arrrr matey thar be space pirates https://t.co/gOv513gRJM
— Wheeler Walker Jr (@WheelerWalkerJ7) May 16, 2019
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).