Ted Cruz mocks AOC for pretending to be handcuffed during arrest at pro-abortion rally and says his pronouns are ‘I don’t give a s***’ in speech to young Republican voters
The Republican legislator used Ocasio-Cortez’s arrest as a punchline while denouncing the sky-high 9.1 percent inflation rate seen just last month as a failure of the Biden administration.
He also took a shot at California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell for his past links to an alleged Chinese spy named Fang Fang.
‘Inflation is out of control. Food is skyrocketing. Electricity is skyrocketing. Health care is skyrocketing,’ Cruz told his audience.
‘It is so bad, ANTIFA can’t afford bricks. It’s gotten so bad, Eric Swalwell can’t afford Chinese dinners.’
He added, ‘It’s gotten so bad AOC can’t afford fake handcuffs.’
Cruz’s audience of mostly Republican teenagers and young adults erupted in laughter.
The senator earned another standing ovation when he mocked progressives’ use of preferred pronouns, telling the crowd: ‘My preferred pronouns are “kiss my a**.”‘
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was one of the speakers at the first night of Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit
Hundreds of young Republican voters descended on Tampa for the multi-day event
Cruz received the most enthusiastic welcome out of the three senators who spoke on Friday night, the other two being Josh Hawley and Mike Lee
He made the comments at Turning Point USA’s annual Student Action Summit. The right-wing activist group’s multi-day event in Tampa, Florida is hosting a litany of national Republican figures – some of whom are speculated to be likely presidential candidates in 2024.
Cruz, who received a more enthusiastic reception than either Senators Josh Hawley or Mike Lee before him, unsuccessfully ran for president n 2016 but dropped out and ultimately became one of Donald Trump’s most loyal allies.
But he’s generating White House buzz again – and has refused on previous occasions to say he’d support the ex-president if he declares another campaign.
At one point he referenced the sound of a fierce thunderstorm outside the venue’s walls to illustrate his warning against the Democrats currently in power.
‘For a lot of Americans, prior to Biden being sworn into office, “Socialism Sucks” was just words on a t-shirt. Now you can hear the thunder in the sky,’ he said.
His crack at Ocasio-Cortez comes after the self-proclaimed Democratic-Socialist was arrested along with 16 other lawmakers during a pro-abortion demonstration outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is detained by U.S. Capitol Police Officers after participating in a sit in with activists from Center for Popular Democracy Action on July 19
Ocasio-Cortez was mocked online after videos and images showed her holding her hands behind her back during the arrest – which prompted critics to accuse her of pretending to be handcuffed
Other House Democrats who were detained by police include Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow ‘Squad’ members Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
But the New York Democrat was mocked by Republicans and other critics after video appeared to show her holding her hands behind her back as if they were restrained – despite late pumping one fist in the air as police led her away.
Omar was accused of acting in a similar fashion.
Ocasio-Cortez has since denied that she ‘faked’ being handcuffed after being accused of doing so by GOP Rep. Nancy Mace on Twitter.
‘No faking here. Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest,’ she replied just minutes later.