Ted Cruz Emerges From His Hole To Call For Boycott Of Protesting Black Athletes

Ted Cruz Emerges From His Hole To Call For Boycott Of Protesting Black Athletes

When your entire political career is centered on being a culture warrior for the conservative cause then I guess you feel it is your duty to take sides during the latest controversy to grip the national social psyche.

Taking to Twitter Monday, the Texas Senator and GOP presidential runner-up responded to a tweet sent by former NBA star Jalen Rose regarding the increasing number of silent protests by NFL players and other athletes surrounding the national anthem. Rose paid respect to those who peacefully protested for change on Sunday, leading to Cruz sending these two tweets calling for a protest of the protesters.



Of course, Cruz is sending out a non-too-subtle dogwhstle to his flag-wavin’ God-fearin’ faux patriotic base with these comments. Let’s face it, the vast majority of athletes quietly protesting the playing of the national anthem before games are black. Starting with Colin Kaepernick, who has cited the treatment of African-Americans in this country — specifically by the police — as the reason for his protest, more and more NFL players have joined in solidarity. And almost all of them have been black.

Despite the fact that many veterans have expressed support for Kaep regarding his protest, stating that this is exactly what they are fighting to protect, we’ve still been inundated with chickenhawks and ultra-white celebs/athletes getting on their high horse and clucking about ‘Murica or something. Cruz made sure to retweet one of them on Sunday.



(It should be noted that Upton’s uncle is conservative Michigan Congressman Fred Upton.)

We all know what Teddy’s doing here. He’s just a-pandering. He has to keep his profile high with white conservatives, especially since he’s definitely going to run for POTUS in 2020 (regardless if Donald Trump wins or loses). Since he’s been relatively quiet since burning down the RNC a few weeks ago, might as well get back in the public eye by ripping on young, rich, ‘ungrateful’ black folks. That always works in the heartland.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.