Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is trying to fight back social media observations that he was sleeping during President Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress, retweeting footage of the event that appeared to show him closing his eyes. But his response drew immediate mockery from across the internet.
Cruz called the speech “boring but radical” on social media and in interviews, suggesting Biden’s proposals for sweeping policy changes would alter the country.
“Joe is deliberately being boring, but the substance of what he’s saying is radical,” Cruz said on Fox News.
Many online commentators dubbed Cruz “Sleepy Ted,” in reference to the similar nickname former President Trump used to refer to Biden during the 2020 campaign.
The Lincoln Project, the political action committee made up of former Republicans, suggested Cruz was bored “because the building isn’t being attacked by violent Trump supporters.”
Check some of the reactions below.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 29, 2021
When you're bored because the building isn't being attacked by violent Trump supporters. pic.twitter.com/FrJldDUBZj
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 29, 2021
I’m sure the speech wasn’t as exciting as abandoning your constituents during an emergency for a vacay in Cancun. Putz.
— NightwindSent (@nightwind_sent) April 29, 2021
Ted Cruz could just leave? No one is forcing him to sit there and pretend to sleep to “trigger the libs”
— GOP Ethics (@GOP_Ethics) April 29, 2021
— Marti (@Marti00903058) April 29, 2021
It’s hilarious how little you care about doing your job. So cool how you disrespect your office and responsibilities.
We are not paying you take a nap
— ɹɐɔsO 🐶👽🤑 (@Eye1Write2Think) April 29, 2021
Hi, I’m Ted. I have so little respect for the institutions of our great democracy that I can’t even stay awake. Oh, and don’t forget the insurrection I supported and the election I tried to undermine. See, I really farking hate democracy.
— Filosofermonkey (@filosofermonkey) April 29, 2021
I guess only an insurrection could keep you awake. pic.twitter.com/cTiDnoBFnC
— BB (@misscooper57) April 29, 2021
Sleepy Ted Cruz, was literally unable to comprehend anything that was said tonight. He is used to listening to an orange con man speak at 4th grade level.
Also, Ted missed the racist verbal attacks, & fascist rhetoric of the former guy.
Yes, Ted is better suited for sedition.
— ChudoNow (@TimeToSayGood15) April 29, 2021
Sleepy but seditionist pic.twitter.com/rApGOWcBfe
— LauraB’sProVoting #TeamDemocracy 🇺🇸⚾️🌭🥧 (@lulujb520) April 29, 2021
Such a disrespectable do nothing Retrumplican. pic.twitter.com/G7FLfmimAP
— LPK (@YippySkippy46) April 29, 2021
I think you are really bad for Texas. A very good view from Canada 🇨🇦
— Diane Crawford 🇨🇦 (@retiredknitwit) April 29, 2021
— Morgan Wallace (@Aced00d) April 29, 2021