Viral tweet from Ted Cruz using a pattern for all mass shootings debunked

A viral tweet that claims to show Senator Ted Cruz using a pattern to respond identically to mass shootings in the US has been debunked by a CNN reporter.

The tweet in question contains an image that appears to show 12 tweets from the Texas Republican using the same language to react to the mass shootings, only changing the name of the location where they occur.

“These mass shootings are happening so much that Ted Cruz really has a role model ready to tweet whenever they happen,” Twitter user @1DOPEKEV wrote.

Responding to the tweet, CNN reporter Daniel Dale, who verifies political claims, wrote Thursday, “This viral tweet is filled with fake images of things Ted Cruz didn’t actually tweet. Cruz’s tweet in the photo about the Uvalde shooting is real, but the rest of the pictures are fake. I added X’s over the fake ones.

Cruz’s tweet reacting immediately to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 21 people, including 19 children at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, said, “Heidi and I are prayerfully raising the children and families from the horrific shooting in Uvalde. We are in close contact with local authorities, but specific details are not yet known. Thank you to the heroic law enforcement and first responders for acting so quickly .”

A spokesperson for Cruz said Newsweek in an email on Friday that the “only tweet sent by Sen. Cruz was Uvalde’s tweet. Everything else is fake.”

Earlier this week, when a reporter for Britain’s Sky News network pressed him on whether or not gun reform was needed in the country after Tuesday’s deadly shooting, Cruz walked away from the interview. .

The Texas senator is also expected to attend a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention this weekend in Houston alongside other prominent Republican officials. Several musicians have pulled out of the event since filming.

A tweet claiming that GOP Texas Senator Ted Cruz is using a pattern to respond identically to mass shootings in the United States has been debunked. Above, Cruz listens during a prayer during a vigil for the 21 victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 25 in Uvalde, Texas.
Michael M. Santiago

Meanwhile, some Texas Republicans, who were due to appear, also decided to skip the convention, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, according to The Texas Tribune. .

Referring to the conference in an interview with local news station KTVT on Thursday, Cruz said, “I’m going to be there because what the Democrats and the press try to do in the aftermath of every mass shooting, c is that they’re trying to demonize law-abiding gun owners, try to demonize the NRA.”

Cruz is part of a group of Republicans who have received funding from the NRA over the years, with the group giving the Texas senator just over $175,000.


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