“… violent extremist militia,” performance artist Senator Ted Cruz (R-Quintana Roo) rants during a Senate FBI oversight hearing while slamming his footwear on desk. “Well, I will self-report right now that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzales battle flag on the back of them.”
I think the point the Canadian-born Cruz is trying to make is that he’s super-cool because he wears boots adorned with a drawing of a cannon and the saying “Come and Take It” emblazoned on it. His point is in regards to the FBI investigating domestic terrorists who are fighting law enforcement officials, relating to the Republican-led January 6th domestic terrorist attack on Congress as well as other white nationalist attacks.
First, put your damn shoes back on, Ted. You’re stinkin’ up the joint, and you wearing cowboy boots is like an NFL kicker wearing flippers: it doesn’t make sense because you’re not a fucking cowboy. Second, it’s a cannon on the flag, not a gun. The US government bans the private ownership of cannons unless in very specific circumstances–primarily ceremonial.
The Gonzales Flag, by the way, was one waved by Texas fighters–during the brief time Texas was an independent country–as the Mexican army invaded their sovereign territory. It wasn’t waved at police and law enforcement agencies protecting the citizenry and defending the Constitution.
Can Republicans please stop electing performance artists to political positions, particularly one as stupid as Cruz who picks fights with Muppets and reads Dr. Suess on the floor of the Senate–without actually understanding the moral of the book he’s read.