Elizabeth Warren Has No Patience For Ted Cruz's Whining
Once again, Elizabeth Warren is gifting the world with her impressively sharp insight and fearless criticism of political hypocrisy. This time, Warren's target was none other than Ted Cruz. Warren showed off her savage side on Tuesday with a series of 12 tweets criticizing a recent Cruz campaign fundraising email, in which Cruz listed the "significant sacrifice[s]" he makes on the campaign trail. "Are you kidding me, @TedCruz? We’re supposed to pity you because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! 2 words: Boo hoo," she said in one tweet.
Warren continued her Cruz condemnation by juxtaposing Cruz's words with his legislative actions on socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. "Know who gets no personal time? People who work 2 min wage jobs to support their families. @TedCruz opposes giving them a raise," Warren tweeted. "Know who’s facing 'constant attacks,' @TedCruz? Hardworking American immigrants, Muslims, LGBT folks, women. Your constant attacks." Fox News Latino reported that the Cruz campaign declined to comment about the tweets.
To be totally fair to Cruz, his complaints are a little valid. A presidential campaign must be unimaginably hard work, and dealing with that while also being away from your wife and kids probably makes the whole thing even tougher. But Warren's criticism is accurate as well. Complaining about running for president and then asking people for money to make you feel better is like complaining about being a celebrity after you've just won an Oscar. Running for president is difficult, but it's supposed to be an enormous and humbling honor, not a favor you're doing for the American people for which they have to repay you.
Furthermore, the email's almost blatantly insensitive tone is kind of perplexing, considering Cruz's fundraising totals, which aren't too bad right now. Cruz has the most successful fundraising operation of the three remaining GOP candidates, with over $122 million raised since the beginning of his campaign, and he's still got over $8 million in cash on hand. Campaign fundraising is a delicate balancing act to ensure that candidates are earning even more quickly than they're spending, but it seems like there was time to think through the potential repercussions of this particular email a little bit more.
The candidates are heading into another intense set of primaries next week, so this bad publicity on top of Cruz's thorough defeat by both Donald Trump and John Kasich in New York might not bode well for his performance in these coming mid-Atlantic primaries. Either way, Warren's well-aimed and well-articulated attack on Cruz is necessary in exposing just how out of tune with the American public he seems to be.