Sen. Ted Cruz’s use of a limerick to criticize President Joe Biden’s upcoming travel plans has backfired and landed him in the hot seat on Twitter
On Tuesday November 16, Cruz tweeted, There once was a man from Nantucket …” The tweeted portion of the limerick also included a link to an article detailing the president’s plans for the Thanksgiving holiday.
According to Newsweek, Cruz’s tweet “is the opening line for one of several well-known limericks, most of which are sexual in nature.” While Cruz didn’t include the rest of the words to the poem, he inspired a number of Twitter users to come up with their own.
Twitter users actually began trolling him with limericks criticizing his leadership. One Twitter user slammed Cruz with a poetic reference to his decision to flee the country during the Texas winter storm.
“There once was a small ‘man’ named Ted.
Who in a crisis to Mexico fled.
He said with a smirk
Because he’s a terrible jerk
‘Don’t blame me, blame my daughters instead.””
There once was a small \u201cman\u201d named Ted.\nWho in a crisis to Mexico fled.\n He said with a smirk\n Because he\u2019s a terrible jerk\n\u201cDon\u2019t blame me, blame my daughters instead\u201d.pic.twitter.com/75AHukc0WC — Jo (@Jo)1637093019
The second poem, which is a revision of the first, also put a different spin on Cruz’s winter storm failure.
“There once was a Senator named Ted When the going got tough he fled A margarita he sipped While Texas temperatures dipped His girls were to blame he said”
“The dog left behind
Put Ted in a bind
One lie after another he told
From Green Eggs and Ham
To border mayhem
He grew increasingly bold”
“Long days spent tweeting
In lieu of meetings
Talk of masks and vaccines not heard
Said I’d rather be a jerk Than ever work.
Then he picked a fight with Big Bird.”
Yes! And another…\n\nThere once was a Senator named Ted\nWhen the going got tough he fled\nA margarita he sipped\nWhile Texas temperatures dipped\nHis girls were to blame he said. \n1/3 — Kathryn Griffin (@Kathryn Griffin)1637096017
Long days spent tweeting \nIn lieu of meetings\nTalk of masks and vaccines not heard\nSaid I\u2019d rather be a jerk\nThan ever work. \nThen he picked a fight with Big Bird\n3/3 — Kathryn Griffin (@Kathryn Griffin)1637096123
As the third most active Senator on Twitter, Cruz has a tendency to walk into situations like this. Per Newsweek, reports have indicated that Cruz tweeted more than 800 times just at the start of 2021 alone.