Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer Tweet

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Ted Cruz revives Zodiac Killer meme with suspicious tweet

Well, this is suspicious.


Andrew Couts

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Posted on Oct 18, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:58 pm CDT

Is Sen. Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer? No—but his latest tweet has us concerned.

While Cruz has never specifically denied being the infamous mass murderer, the Texas Republican on Wednesday fueled speculation by tweeting out an image of the cryptogram the Zodiac Killer sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969.

Cruz’s tweet came in response to Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who referenced President Donald Trump’s false 2016 presidential campaign accusation that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Yes, there’s a lot going on here.

It all started when Sasse spilled a soda on Cruz in the Senate today.

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who claimed to have murdered dozens of victims in California during the 1960s and 1970s. His identity was never discovered. Speculation that Cruz is the Zodiac Killer—an impossibility given that he was born after the murdering spree began—has been a meme for years. Some even believe Google attempted to cover up the wild rumor by tweaking its search suggestions for “Ted Cruz” and others joked that CNN dropped proof of his “real” identity when the senator dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary in May 2016.

Others have taken the joke so far as to print “Ted Cruz was the Zodiac Killer” T-shirts to raise funds for abortion services—something the conservative lawmaker staunchly opposes.

Alas, Cruz is not the Zodiac Killer—but he clearly isn’t doing anything to help that old joke die.

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*First Published: Oct 18, 2017, 1:56 pm CDT