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'He Was Delicious.' Ted Cruz Responds After Being Accused of Eating Someone's Son

Speaking to the 41st annual National Conservative Student Conference held by Young America’s Foundation, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a special request of Republicans.

“Have fun,” Cruz said, “look, frankly, too many Republicans, too many conservatives, they act like they’ve got a stick inserted somewhere it don’t belong. Like just lighten up and laugh, would it kill you to have some fun?”

Then Cruz, a man who clearly enjoys a good sense of humor, recounted a tale about a recent exchange on Twitter.

“A number of weeks ago,” Cruz said, “someone on Twitter tweeted out a meme that you can find all over the place that is ‘Ted Cruz ate my son.'”

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That could have made Cruz mad or he could have been completely ignored the tweet. But Cruz used the opportunity to have a little fun.

“I promptly retweeted it,” Cruz admitted through his sly grin, “and said ‘he was delicious.'”

Watch Cruz’s entire speech here.

Cruz is no stranger to the savage comeback on Twitter, but he may be at his best when he is using humor.

But is Cruz right to claim there is a need for conservatives to choose humor over fury, to choose lightheartedness over rage?

There is certainly a time for righteous fury, but if conservatives cannot laugh at themselves or with others, then their message will be lost. Conservatism, like any ideology, is only as effective as its advocates are at winsome persuasion.

As a Bible-thumping church boy raised in the humid flatlands of the Delta, I was familiar with the preachers whose only tact was to scream about the damnation of hellfire and the doom of all sinners. If there wasn’t some yellin’ and some pacin’, then there were a few pew-people who felt like they hadn’t really been to church.

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But fortunately, my father, also a small-town pastor, used his pulpit in a very different way. He was humble, slow to speak, and eager to teach. He didn’t compromise or water down the truth of the Bible in order to gain a following, but with faithfulness and kindness stayed focused on the message of the Gospel.

I think of that strategy when I hear Cruz tell his audience that constant anger will be counter-productive. There is a time to fight, but there is also a time for kindness, understanding, and yes, laughing.

Cruz encouraged people to not just be angry with political opponents, but also willing to find the humor in their words.

Do you agree that conservatives need to lighten up and laugh more?

“Could anyone think of any comedy that could be done, say, of the Democratic debates we are watching?” Cruz rhetorically asked. “By the way, I will tell you I’m probably the only person in this room who has in fact received a special back rub from Joe Biden.”

“Having fun matters,” Cruz said, “because when the left is so angry, so bitter, so filled with rage, don’t give in to the temptation to be just as angry on the other side. Be happy warriors. Be cheerful. That is powerful. It is winsome.”

“We’ve got an easy reason to be happy and truthful,” Cruz said. “Because what we’re saying works — because freedom works.”

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Culture, Faith, Politics




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