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Ted Cruz autographed ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ so it’s time to get memeing

Cruz tries, but he can't escape the internet.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Apr 28, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 9:08 pm CDT

Ted Cruz, a flesh-man theoretically in contention for the presidency of the United States of America, is sometimes asked for his autograph by admirers and trolls. He gives it freely, which is a mistake for him and a blessing for the Internet at large. 

On Thursday, Cruz was asked to sign Marx and Engels’s crucial The Communist Manifesto “as a joke,” and Cruz, an outspoken opponent of communism and socialism, complied. 

“Millions have suffered because of this,” he scrawled. “Ted Cruz.” 

Cruz may have momentarily felt like he got one over on the jokester. Someone wanted him to endorse Marx, but Ted Cruz is too smart for that, yessir. 

He’d given the same passive-aggressive assent months ago, when asked to sign a printout of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, a law that some believe disqualifies Cruz from the presidency. Cruz signed, but not before underlining the parts he claims make him eligible. 

Unfortunately for Cruz, Photoshop exists, and the Internet’s ability to remove context knows no bounds. When he signed the Manifesto, he gave the world an invitation to mischief.

And, of course, this meme is easy to tie in with the biggest, shark-jumpingest Internet meme about Ted Cruz: that he is the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Unlike Cruz’s alleged victims, this Zodiac Killer thing just refuses to die. 

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2016, 7:32 pm CDT