Texas Senator Ted Cruz was criticized for sharing a video of himself having “ridiculous fun” playing a charity poker game shortly after the first funerals for victims of the Uvalde school shooting began.
On Wednesday, Cruz tweeted a link to a Poker after dark He stars in this episode alongside other well-known figures such as Outkick founder Clay Travis, YouTuber MrBeast and professional poker player Phil Hellmuth.
Hours later, Cruz tweeted another clip of him playing a hand with Hellmuth, adding, “Going head-to-head against a legendary poker player like @phil_hellmuth was ridiculous fun!”
Cruz explained in a follow-up tweet that the episode he appeared in was taped “a few months ago” but is only just beginning to air online.
However, social media users still condemned the Republican, who was also criticized for his reaction to the Robb elementary school shooting and his subsequent appearance at an NRA event in Houston days later for airing the episode so shortly after the first Child burials for the victims were held.
Amerie Jo Garza and Maite Rodriguez, both 10 years old, were buried in Texas on Tuesday.
Wednesday was the day that Robb Primary School teacher Irma Garcia, who was also killed in the Uvalde mass shooting, was buried with her husband Joe, who died two days later of a heart attack.
Cruz also shared poker footage the same evening as a gunman killed four people in a mass shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sparking renewed debate about the need for gun reform in the country.
Film producer Kim Sherell tweeted, “Aren’t you glad Ted Cruz is having ridiculous fun knowing America’s schools, theaters, malls, churches and hospitals are being shelled?”
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan tweeted, “There is absolutely no reason for a Texas Senator not to be having ‘ridiculous fun’ right now. None at all.”
The account for campaign group Sleeping Giants wrote: “It’s safe to say there’s so much to be outraged about right now, but given that this senator had 19 children in his state massacred by an AR-15 last week, might be this tweet only play a part in the Outrage Hall of Fame.”
Russell Foster, a former Texas congressional candidate, said: “Several mass shootings today and Ted Cruz is too busy talking about poker games instead of the violence in America. From podcasts to poker shows to interviews on propaganda networks, does he even do anything? in the Senate next to the use of the basketball court?”
Professional chess player Jennifer Shahade added: “Who cares if you had nines when nine-year-old kids are buried in your state?
“This is the worst poker tweet I’ve ever seen and that says a lot.”
His Twitter colleague Paul Leslie wrote: “You’re either insanely stupid or insanely callous. Possibly both. Your timing and actions with these tweets today show who you really are. Despicable.”
Cruz was also criticized on Wednesday for his previous suggestion that Robb Primary School’s “single door that goes in and out” would have helped prevent the Uvalde massacre, rather than stricter gun laws.
Social media users condemned proposals by Cruz and other Republicans to stop mass shootings after a gunman carried out the attack on Tulsa’s Saint Francis Hospital on Wednesday.
“What ‘solutions’ will the GOP propose after today’s Tulsa hospital shooting? Fewer hospital doors? Arm the nurses? Teach patients self-defense when they come in? See how silly these ideas sound? Anti-Donald Trump political group MeidasTouch.
Cruz was contacted for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/ted-cruz-poker-funerals-uvalde-school-shooting-texas-1712346 Ted Cruz shares a video of him playing poker as Uvalde’s funeral begins