Week 23: Villain – Senator Ted Cruz

by George_East on June 8, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week is Senator Ted Cruz for his ‘joke’ at the expense of a mourning Vice President Joe BidenTexas_villain 

Two Saturdays ago Beau Biden, military veteran and former Attorney General of Delaware and Vice President Joe Biden’s son lost his battle with brain cancer and died.

President Obama had this to say about Beau Biden:

He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146. He left nothing in the tank… That’s what our country was built on—men like Beau….Here was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the possibility of privilege for the harder, better reward of earning his own way…Here was a soldier who dodged glory, and exuded true humility. A prosecutor who defended the defenseless. The rare politician who collected more fans than foes, and the rarer public figure who prioritised his private life above all else.”

This reaction to Beau Biden’s death was not uncommon but sadly neither was it universal.  Texas Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was speaking to a conservative political dinner in Michigan on Wednesday, a mere four days after Beau Biden’s death and decided that this was a prime moment for ‘a joke’ about Joe Biden, which went like this:

“You know the nice thing. You don’t need a punchline. I promise you it works. At the next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, ‘Vice President Joe Biden,’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing.”

As Sarah Teather has previously demonstrated what this mostly shows is that politicians shouldn’t do jokes.  In ordinary circumstances it would not even be worthy of a Prat of the Week Award.  But these were not ordinary circumstances, this was only a few days after Joe Biden had lost his son.

Crass, classless and yes, villainous too.  Cruz is a symbol of everything the Republican Party has become.

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