Whereas funerals are ongoing for the victims of the Uvalde, Texas college capturing, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is tweeting about his Poker After Darkish look. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
“Ridiculous enjoyable” on Poker After Darkish
On the week when the nice individuals with weapons sat on their arms for an hour whereas 19 kids and two lecturers had been being massacred in an elementary college in his residence state of Texas, Republican Senator Ted Cruz went to the NRA Conference to defend gun rights, insisting that “the existence of evil is without doubt one of the absolute best causes to arm law-abiding residents.”
Ted Cruz was brag-tweeting in regards to the “ridiculous enjoyable” he had taking part in poker
On the day when a number of of these kids had been being buried, Ted Cruz was brag-tweeting in regards to the “ridiculous enjoyable” he had taking part in poker on a just-aired episode of PokerGO’s Poker After Darkish.
It was past tone-deafness from the Texas senator. It was insensitivity to the purpose of callousness, insouciance to the purpose of sociopathy, cruelty to the purpose of heartlessness.
Idiot me as soon as, grandma
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham as soon as mentioned that “should you killed Ted Cruz on the ground of the Senate, and the trial was within the Senate, no person would convict you.” In the course of the 2016 Republican presidential major race, fellow candidate Marco Rubio mentioned “Ted has had a tricky week as a result of what’s occurring now could be individuals are studying extra about him.”
Suffice to say, Cruz has all the time been unpopular in his personal occasion and it’s onerous to think about his rise to energy with out his use of Robert Mercer-funded political RTA (Actual-Time Help) within the type of Cambridge Analytica. He basically lacks the appeal, charisma, and folks abilities usually related to even essentially the most detestable of politicians so it was attention-grabbing to see how he would come throughout on Poker After Darkish, a present that famously leaves within the boring bits and has the commentator play second fiddle to the desk speak.
the younger Cruz cried all the way in which residence
In a fast interview, Cruz defined how he realized poker as a younger boy. He informed the story about little “Rafael” (his actual title) saving up his 50 cents allowance for ten weeks and bringing the $5 to his grandmother’s kitchen-come-poker desk. Meemaw was clearly a card shark so the cash didn’t final lengthy and the younger Cruz cried all the way in which residence.
That received me excited about how that will need to have been a formative second for Cruz who was decided to by no means once more be outplayed by some wily previous timers. I remembered how, in 2018, his marketing campaign used suspicious mailers to trick aged Texans into donating to his marketing campaign. Then, I recalled how in December 2021, he refused to put on a masks within the presence of dozens of aged of us at Bob Dole’s funeral.
“Idiot me as soon as grandma…”
Lucifer within the flesh
The poker world knew this poker look was coming. Again in August, Phil Hellmuth tipped us off to the information that Cruz was going to be on a future episode of Poker After Darkish.
The lineup was accomplished by poker legend Doyle Brunson, chess participant and commentator Alex Botez, conservative broadcaster/pundit Clay Travis, actual property investor Graham Stephan and YouTube celebrity MrBeast. As quickly because the episode dropped, Cruz took to Twitter to publicize it.
Some within the poker group responded positively and even recommended that this could be a optimistic step for on-line poker’s probabilities of legalization on the federal degree. Brunson tweeted his personal endorsement of the Texas Senator.
Then it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Hellmuth was getting in on the act.
The overwhelming majority of individuals, nonetheless, had been disgusted, many providing colourful critiques of the person as soon as described by Republican Former Home speaker John Boehner as “Lucifer within the flesh.”
Cruz’s tweets and look sparked outrage within the poker group
Because the nation mourned the twenty seventh college capturing of the 12 months and the third worst in its historical past, Cruz adopted that up that preliminary tweet with three extra tweets about his poker exploits, a lot to the disgust of American poker and chess professional Jennifer Shahade:
The present might have been recorded in August, however Cruz has been a controversial determine in American politics for 20 years. He helps the overturning of Roe v. Wade. He opposes identical intercourse marriage and civil unions. He rejects the scientific consensus on local weather change. He opposes increasing gun management laws.
With that little doubt in thoughts, EPT champion Ben Wilinofsky positioned among the blame at Cruz’s tablemates, who would certainly have identified the lineup forward of time:
Cancún Cruz accused of not being there for his constituents once more
This isn’t the primary time that Senator Cruz has been inconsiderate at a time when his constituents wanted him to behave like a statesman. In February 2021, Texas suffered extreme energy outages throughout a snowstorm. As hundreds of thousands of individuals confronted the freezing temperatures – and 246 died – Cruz was noticed boarding a flight to Cancún, Mexico.
After pictures of Cruz on the airplane went viral, the senator returned to Texas. Going through harsh criticism, he spun an unlikely cowl story that he did the 1,000-mile round-trip to merely “accompany his daughters” for whom he was simply “attempting to be a great dad.” It was a reasonably clear bluff.
Cruz ought to be main the cost, however as a substitute he’s complicit within the systemic issues
Right this moment, Texas remains to be reeling from a heartbreaking tragedy. In some ways, America is numb to the mass shootings which have grow to be a horrific a part of on a regular basis life. It ought to be a time for motion; for gun reform and for big investments in psychological well being providers. Cruz ought to be main the cost, however as a substitute he’s complicit within the systemic issues, within the pocket of the NRA, and the only largest recipient of cash from pro-gun people and teams of anybody in Congress. That’s the reason these “enjoyable” tweets are so particularly contemptible.
CNN and Telemundo contributor Ana Navarro-Cárdenas was significantly appalled by the timing of his tweets:
Qasim Rachid went so far as to recommend that Cruz’s lack of sympathy was intentional:
Classes not realized
When it got here to the poker itself, Cruz was on the nittier facet, defending his massive blind greater than he defended his spouse Heidi from Donald Trump’s verbal assaults, however lower than he defended a ban on intercourse toys in 2007.
Within the one hand of significance that he performed, he three-bet Phil Hellmuth with pocket nines and received The Poker Brat to fold King-Ten. Poker veteran and raconteur Barny Boatman was on kind as ordinary together with his commentary, alluding to how, on January 6, even because the Capitol was being ransacked by home terrorists, Cruz supported the efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.
Cruz’s political positions and actions have made him a polarizing determine in American life, however separate from that’s his constant lack of humanity in moments that requires compassion. There are occasions when it’s best to put partisanship to at least one facet and simply be an honest human being.
In June 2015, on the evening earlier than Beau Biden’s funeral, Cruz made enjoyable of Joe Biden in a public speech. He later apologized, calling it a mistake to behave so flippantly “throughout his time of grief.” The Senator clearly by no means realized his lesson.