Ted Cruz Accuses MSNBC Host of Using “Racial Slurs” Against Him

Ted Cruz fired back at Joy Reid after the MSNBC host accused the Texas senator of voting against his own people.

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Cruz has had a tumultuous year. He began in January by helping to aid an insurrection by backing Donald Trump’s big lie. Then he humiliated himself by going on a tropical vacation while those in the state he represented struggled with weather and power outages.

Criticism for the senator continued this week when Reid slammed Cruz for his opposition to voting rights legislation. She told her audience, “Ted Cruz says a lot of stupid things. He does a lot of stupid things. But I personally, as a person of color and as a black person am beyond offended that he would dare use the word Jim Crow when his party is literally a Jim Crow party at this point.”

The host later continued, “Ted Cruz could give a damn about Jim Crow. He’s never raised one concern in his entire life, at least that I have heard about racism or discrimination.” She then compared him to the character Stephen from Django Unchained. The character of Stephen is a slave who is prejudiced against other slaves.

Cruz hit back in a tweet, writing, “I appreciate MSNBC lecturing me on how people of “my race” are supposed to vote. This arrogant condescension is a big reason Hispanic voters are moving right in large numbers. Also, why is MSNBC ok with their hosts using overt racial slurs (“Stephen from Django”)?”

Cruz is right in one way, Hispanic men voted from Trump in large numbers. Hispanic women still leaned dramatically left.

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