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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.”
A beautiful day in South Texas. pic.twitter.com/QUWV9wrp7x
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 5, 2020
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.
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. https://t.co/nPzfhpriW8
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 6, 2020
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:
Lol at the replies. I’ve always found it crazy when people who eat animal products or own leather are anti-hunting. That deer lived a longer, freer, less painful life than any chicken, hog, or cow that died for your McSandwich or boots.
— Joel (@Joel_inPA) December 6, 2020
Greg, isn’t getting outdoors & away from everyone that might have Covid a good thing?
Also having a lot of “cases” of testing positive doesn’t always translate into hospitals filled with Covid patients!
PCR tests are so inaccurate, that some ppl test positive from a Flu shot.
— Biden IS NOT my President (@JohnnyAdamczyk) December 5, 2020
Nothing says “real man” like a weakling killing a defenseless animal with a gun. https://t.co/SPnymCmQgN
— Fernando Espuelas (@EspuelasVox) December 5, 2020
The amount of hateful comments about you shooting a deer is incredible.
If only the same people had this much fervor for the unborn…
So sad to see man worshiping the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25)
Hypocrisy runs deep…
— Dan (@introversitive) December 5, 2020
What’s that I hear? The faint sound of thousands of triggered screams. pic.twitter.com/vlUxizvMQj
— What Say Me 🇺🇸 (@WhatSayMe_USA) December 5, 2020
Congrats! Absolutely gorgeous, Senator Cruz.
My husband will love this photo. That is one beautiful buck.🦌
— Grace Bosch 🇺🇸 (@GraceBosch2018) December 5, 2020
🤣🤣🤣libs trashing Ted for killing a deer while they stuff their faces daily with beef/pork/chicken raised in cages and slaughtered as soon as it hits market weight…nice dear btw Mr. Cruz
— Q (@gripes81) December 5, 2020
Let me explain hunting to those that don’t understand. We are OVER POPULATED! They are a danger to humans, 10’s of thousands of car accidents happen every year. Harvesting is done in the most humane way possible, I would be Ted thought long and hard before he pulled the trigger.
— 4NerdWorld (@4nerdworld) December 5, 2020
I can’t stand this man but everyone commenting how horrible this is doesn’t understand that we would be overrun with deer if people didn’t hunt. They have no natural predators left in the US. Only humans.
— Karen (not a Karen) (@KarenR_Tn) December 5, 2020
Claims to be horrified by a killing.
Finds joy in wishing for the killing of a human.
— Colin – Free Radical (@TheFutureLover) December 6, 2020
I grew up in a family of hunters, much of the time it was imperative to our family of ten eating or not. My dad was a fisherman, hunter and trapper; this is how he was able to keep us in food, clothing, shoes a home and in school. Thank God my dad was not a crybaby liberal.
— kathy womack (@kathylang2003) December 6, 2020
— Mia Anstine (@MiaAnstine) December 5, 2020
You murder beautiful animals because you’re a weasel with no balls. Deplorable Ted. https://t.co/Ka6MQbP0LA
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) December 5, 2020
People eat deer… Also, deer populations need intervention. If left alone they will keep multiplying and eating, creating unsustainable levels of competition for other herbivores and seriously impacting the local flora. It’s deer season for a reason.
— Hollow (@HollowNkl) December 5, 2020
Even sustenance includes larger animals, and in actuality they need to be culled at some point. (Older, non-reproducing, take up resources and aggressively attack younger bucks.)
— Kensley Stewart (@Kensley_Stewart) December 6, 2020
What a Fantastic Beast – Congrats Ted.
People who buy all their food in supermarket & rely on others to grow their food, factory farm it, ship it to them in plastic containers – will never understand, where food comes from, or the difficulty/challenge & respect of hunting.
— Weasel Words 🇬🇧🏴🏴🇮🇪 (@WeasleWords) December 6, 2020
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