Last updated on April 4, 2021
“Listen Hellboy.”So began one of the weirdest episodes in what has been one of the weirdest years in politics, well, ever.The author of those words was none other than Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was responding to a tweet from actor Ron Perlman (aka “Hellboy” from the 2004 film of the same name and its 2008 sequel) bashing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for his looks.Cruz, who apparently had nothing better to do, decided to wade into the Twitter scrap.“Listen Hellboy,” Cruz wrote. “You talk good game when you've got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen. But I'll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn't last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?”
And of course Perlman is afraid of dip shits like Cruz and Jordan:
Ã¢ÂÂ MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) June 15, 2020
MJ Hegar, one of two Democrats vying to challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in November, took a veiled swipe at Cornyn's fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz’s (R) war of words with actor Ron Perlman in a tweet Monday afternoon.
“Hey Texas, just want to let you know, if you make me your US senator… I handle my own fights,” Hegar, a former Air Force pilot, tweeted Monday, including a photo of herself lifting weights.
The tweet does not mention Cruz by name but comes the same day Cruz, responding to a heated back-and-forth between “Sons of Anarchy” star Perlman and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), challenged Perlman to wrestle Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for charity.
Well played. Of course, Hegar is one of two Democrats going up against U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX), but first she must win her primary runoff election on July 14th against State Senator Royce West (D. TX). By the way, West scored a big endorsement:
Benjamin Crump, a high profile civil rights attorney who has represented the family of George Floyd since the police killing in Minneapolis that sparked an uproar nationwide, weighed in on the Texas Senate race on Monday, throwing his support to state Sen. Royce West.
“I’ve represented the families of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and dozens of other families all across America,” C.rump says in an endorsement video. “I know firsthand how important it is to protect our children and to fight for our children. That’s why Royce is my choice for the US Senate.”
West, a Dallas Democrat, faces a July 14 runoff with former Air Force helicopter pilot M.J. Hegar for the right to face Sen. John Cornyn.
Trotting out endorsements is standard fare.
But Crump’s involvement signals that West, who would be the state’s first African-American senator, aims to capitalize on the uproar over racial disparities and excessive use of force against minorities.
Hegar, too, has put a focus on policing and race relations. One endorsement she touted last week came from Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that includes Moms Demand Action.
She tweaked Cornyn for denying the existence of “systemic racism” in policing after Floyd’s killing — a tenet that has become a litmus test between Democrats and Republicans — and accused him of doing little during his Senate career to address police brutality.
West and Hegar struck much the same note during a June 6 debate. Both said the Floyd killing showed the need to improve how police treat minorities, and both condemned looting and violence at protest that erupted afterward.
Fort Hood, a massive military installation in Central Texas, is named after Confederate military leader John Bell Hood.“I was asked that question yesterday,” Cornyn said, a nod to comments he made Thursday to reporters in which he pushed back against the notion of changing base names. “And since that time I’ve learned actually that the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted in a bipartisan vote to issue a study, a commission to come back with recommendations to Congress. I think that’s the appropriate way to handle it.“I realize these are contentious issues,” he continued. “What I don’t want us to do is to try to erase our history because, frankly, if you forget your history, you’re condemned to relive it.”Pressed Thursday about changing Fort Hood's name, Cornyn said, “I am for looking forward, not looking backward.”
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