Sen. Ted Cruz blasted “squad” member and freshman Rep. Cori Bush on Monday following a pair of tweets posted over Independence Day claiming blacks still aren’t free and Americans live on “stolen land.”
Calling her widely criticized rhetoric “divisive” and “hateful,” the Texas Republican torched Bush while advising Americans to believe left-wing extremist politicians like her when they show disdain for their own country.
“Hateful, divisive lies,” Cruz noted on Twitter. “The Left hates America. Believe them when they tell you this.”
He went on to mention former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whom he said “tried to spread the same lies on July 4” two years ago, and shared a link to a July 2019 story that mentioned his tweets in which he clapped back at the one-time San Francisco 49ers signal-caller. “I responded with the wisdom of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass.”
Hateful, divisive lies.
The Left hates America. Believe them when they tell you this.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2021
Continuing in a Twitter thread, Cruz wrote that Douglass, who was black, “loved America.”
“He rightly denounced the grotesque evil of slavery, which in 1852 was tragically still legal. But, thanks to the heroic leadership of Douglass & other abolitionists—and a bloody Civil War—we ended that abomination,” the Texas senator continued.
“Douglass closed, ‘I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from “the Declaration of Independence,” the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age,'” Cruz added.
“Douglass rightly—and ferociously—called out injustice. But contrast Douglass’s hope, optimism, passion for justice, and unifying call for America to live up to her grand ideals with the ‘Squad’s’ angry, hateful, consistently anti-American venom,” the 2016 GOP presidential contender continued, adding the words of another black American civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King.
“All of us should reject fear & anger. We should fight to further our Nation’s founding promise that ‘all men are created equal.’ And we should be encouraged by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s exhortation, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,'” Cruz concluded.
But others on the left supported Bush, including former MSNBC anchor Touré who echoed a false claim made by The 1619 Project that American colonists rebelled against Britain because they wanted to preserve slavery.
“F**k Independence Day. Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery. Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement?” he wrote.
Several other House Democrats also tweeted anti-Independence Day rhetoric and were excoriated for it.
“July 4th… & so, the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men? Only white men?” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) wrote. “Isn’t it something that they wrote this in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved? They weren’t thinking about us then, but we’re thinking about us now!”
She then went on to falsely claim that “17 states have enacted voter suppression laws” in recent months while listing the names of black men killed by police.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 5, 2021
Added civil rights activist Shahid Buttar: “It’s almost as if our entire country has been brainwashed to ignore our history — and how its worst elements continue today — despite our self-congratulatory rhetoric.”
One black lawmaker, freshman Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), called out Bush.
“What Cori tweeted is ridiculous,” he told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
“Black people are free in America. That is what has happened since 1865. That is the state of play in 2021 America,” he added. “So I look at her tweet, I shake my head, I don’t agree, and to be truthful, most black people just don’t agree with that and most people don’t agree with that.
“We live in the greatest country in the world,” Donalds added. “More black people have accomplished and achieved more wealth here in the United States than any country in the world. We should actually celebrate that.”
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