As the 2020 election approaches, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is smiling and recommending fellow Republicans do the same.
At the Faith, Family and Freedom forum hosted by conservative advocacy group Texas Family Values in Austin over the weekend, Cruz encouraged the crowd to “be happy” and “lighten up.”
“The left right now, they’re so consumed with rage,” Cruz said, referring to the Democratic party. “They hate the president. It is all-consuming, it’s all they can see. As conservatives, let’s not respond to that. Like, just lighten up. Just have some fun.”
To prove his point, Cruz brought up a viral Twitter meme that resurfaced in June. The original tweet features a picture of Cruz against an American flag backdrop, captioned “This man ate my son.”
His response: “I retweeted it and said ‘He was delicious,’” Cruz said to thunderous applause. “When one party is going nuts, we gotta respond with joy, we gotta respond with smiles.”