Ted Cruz gets a rise out of pearl-clutchers with hunting pic, circles back for the kill

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Blue-check Twitter really got itself triggered, as it were, after U.S. Sen Ted Cruz posted a self image holding the antlers of a deer that he hunted and apparently killed humanely. “A beautiful day in South Texas,” the GOP lawmaker captioned the photo, which was sent out to his 4 million-plus followers.

With rhetorical shots fired, quick-to-outrage users on the social media platform condemned Cruz as a monster and a murderer, mocked him as the equivalent of an emasculated, overcompensating male, blamed him for going on this excursion instead of addressing COVID suffering, and branded him with other terms of endearment.

For example, Monty Python actor John Cleese chimed in that “I bet shooting that unarmed creature made you feel better about yourself, Ted. At least, temporarily…” And unhinged liberal TV commentator Keith Olbermann declared that “It’s a beautiful animal. Let’s kill it. You’re not a human being, Cruz. You’re a human-shaped pile of dung.”

Reasonable people (and maybe there are a few here and there still active on Twitter) can agree or disagree about the practice and process of hunting, or sharing triumphant photos of same, and can also draw a distinction between hunting for food and for just wall trophies.

That said, unless someone is a strict vegan who never consumes any animal protein, condemning hunting appears to be yet another form of hypocrisy and virtue signaling that prevails mostly on the left.

As Twitchy writer Doug P. explained, “When properly processed and cooked (like any other meat), venison is delicious and nutritious. Many hunters also donate their harvest to charities to feed people, but those who think it’s better to buy their meat at the grocery store on styrofoam plates wrapped in plastic are free to keep thinking that’s more humane and responsible.”

Cruz, who hunts regularly rather just as an election year photo-op, took the high road when he responded directly to Cleese’s tweet, and in so doing, praised the artist’s free-speech advocacy:

“I feel great @JohnCleese. Thx for asking. It was a magnificent animal, humanely killed & it will provide many wonderful meals. I also love your comedy. Even though our politics are very different, I admire your courage speaking out against the censorship of the intolerant Left,” Cruz wrote.

Again, while the triggering was massive, others bucked the trend, so to speak, and supported the senator’s outdoor activity. Here is just a sample:


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