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Ted Cruz tries to take down Mark Hamill on Twitter, fails spectacularly
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Hamill landed a knockout punch.
Ted Cruz just squared off with a Jedi master, and ultimately, he came up painfully short. Perhaps trying to cash in on all the excitement and enthusiasm for the release of the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, the Texas GOP senator and notoriously bad impressionist tweeted at Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, chastising him for criticizing FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s recent vote striking down net neutrality.
But Cruz flubbed the spelling of Hamill’s name in the process and drew some fire of his own from the 66-year-old actor.
.@HammillHimself Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet. That's why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net! https://t.co/nARkMvIEYk
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 17, 2017
Cruz accidentally directed his tweet to a seemingly defunct Twitter account, using the same handle as Hamill’s actual account but with two m’s in his last name. This opened up Hamill for a stinging reply, and he didn’t pass up the opportunity.
Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me @tedcruz I know politics can be confusing, but you'd have more credibility if you spelled my name correctly. I mean IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office again❤️-mh https://t.co/nHpJVG1Wpe
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 17, 2017
Hamill’s response included a jab at the senator’s alleged porn-watching habits, a clear reference to the internet-exploding moment earlier this year when his official Twitter account liked a pornographic video. Cruz denied being the one who clicked “like,” insisting it was “inadvertent” and a “staffing issue.” In any case, let this be a lesson to the Republican lawmaker―whether swinging a lightsaber or clacking the keyboard, Hamill is not so easily defeated.
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.