June 22, 2022

Ted Cruz has ridiculous fun in TV poker game as Texans demand gun reform

Senator Ted Cruz bragged about having “ridiculously good fun” in the televised poker game – as Texans demanded gun reform after the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Texas Republican took to his Twitter to share a link to share the fun time he had in the game of charity poker during an episode of Poker after dark.

The link featured Cruz alongside professional poker player Phil Hellmuth, Outkick founder Clay Travis, and YouTuber MrBeast.

Hours later, Cruz shared a clip of him playing a game with Hellmuth.

“Head-to-head against an iconic poker player like @phil_hellmuth was ridiculously fun!” he captioned the clip.

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In a follow tweet, Cruz noted that the poker game was pre-recorded “several months ago” and “they just aired the first game.”

Despite this, people on Twitter still condemned Cruz, who also faced backlash for his response to the Robb Elementary School shooting and his appearance at an NRA event in Houston a few days later, and for sharing the episode shortly after the first child funeral for the victims was happening.

Tuesday, Amerie Jo Garza and Maite Rodriguezboth aged 10, were buried in ceremonies in Texas.

And on Wednesday, Irma Garcia, teacher at Robb Elementary School – who was also killed in the shooting at Uvalde, was buried alongside her husband Joe – who died two days later of a heart attack.

Cruz also shared the poker footage the same night a gunman killed four people in a mass shooting at a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which naturally sparked a debate about the need for gun control in the United States.

“And there’s absolutely no reason a senator from Texas shouldn’t be having ‘ridiculous’ fun right now. None at all,” MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan wrote.

Former Texas congressional candidate Russell Foster added, “Several mass shootings today and Ted Cruz is too busy talking about poker games instead of violence in America.”

IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger, who referenced how Cruz “tackled” the issues facing Texas wrote‘: “While the Texans were struggling with the blackout, Ted Cruz went to Cancun.

“As the Texans grappled with a mass shooting at a school, Ted Cruz was playing poker.”

Jemele Hill, a writer who contributed to Atlantic simply added, “Gotta believe Texas wants better than that.”

Elsewhere, the politician has also faced criticism for propose “to have a door that goes in and out” of the elementary school could have helped prevent the mass shootings in Uvalde, rather than stricter gun laws.

Indy100 contacted Cruz for comment.