Texas Sen. Ted Cruz mistook Western Australia’s Facebook page for that of Washington state in a failed attempt to attack Democrats over Covid policies, Newsweek reports.
Cruz shared a tweet that included a screenshot of comments on the Western Australian government Facebook page. In one comment, the government advises a woman that dancing is not permitted at private New Year’s Eve events under the regions harsh Covid protocols.
Cruz mistook “WA Government” to mean the Washington government and tried to use the comment to attack Democrats.
"Blue-state Dems are power-drunk authoritarian kill-joys,” Cruz wrote. “Washington State: NO DANCING ALLOWED!!! Any rational & free citizen: Piss off."
He soon deleted the tweet after his mistake became apparent.
Cruz’s colleagues from both parties could not help but dunk on Cruz’s Twitter faux pas.
"Since @tedcruz deleted this, I'll post as a reminder to all of us to DO YOUR RESEARCH before posting misinformation," wrote Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
"Hey Ted, WA is Western Australia. But cool tweet," wrote California Rep. Eric Swalwell.
"I, like Ted Cruz, am upset I cannot dance in Western Australia because I wanted to club in Perth,” joked Georgia State law professor Anthony Michael Kreis.
Cruz tangled with Australian official:
Cruz previously took issue with a different part of the country, lashing out at Michael Gunner, the chief minister of the country's Northern Territory.
"I've always said Australia is the Texas of the Pacific," Cruz tweeted earlier this year. "Covid tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad. Individual liberty matters. I stand with the people of Australia."
Gunner replied that the territory doesn’t “need your lectures.”
"Here are some facts. Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths in the Territory," he wrote. "You know nothing about us. And if you stand against a lifesaving vaccine, then you sure as hell don't stand with Australia. I love Texas (go Longhorns), but when it comes to COVID, I'm glad we are nothing like you."