Supporters of President Joe Biden ridiculed Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz Saturday after he described the new administration’s first six weeks in the White House as “boring but radical.” This comment, posted to Twitter, prompted critics to mock the contradiction as a sign the Republican Party is promoting confused messages, and offered many a chance to express their support of having less chaos in the Oval Office.
Cruz on Saturday reiterated his Thursday suggestion to Fox News that Biden is deliberately being “very boring” in order to “hide his radical policy agenda.” The dubious declaration reflects longtime right-wing conspiracy theories that claim Vice President Kamala Harris and other “radical left” factions of the Democratic Party are actually in control. As HillReporter.com noted Saturday, “Republicans have been juggling how to portray Biden as both bumbling and nefarious, both senile and dangerous” for months, even prior to his November election win.
“Three words to describe the first weeks of the Biden administration: boring but radical,” Cruz tweeted Saturday morning, prompting rampant accusations that he and other GOP lawmakers “prefer disarray” in Washington.
Cruz, who kickstarted a campaign to make “#BoringButRadical” trend this week, was mockingly referred to as a “radical centrist” and accused of botching the “Schrödinger’s cat” thought experiment that says something can be both alive and dead at the same time. Other critics accused the Republican Party of honing in on cultural controversies such as Mr. Potato Head’s gender because they don’t have any alternative pandemic plans in which to counter Democrats.
Some also noted Cruz’s decision to leave Texas for Cancun, Mexico, when his state experienced severe winter last month, resulting in widespread outages of electricity and water.
“You decided to flee instead of lead. Sit down,” replied the vigilantly anti-Trump conservative group Lincoln Project, snapping back at Cruz on Twitter Saturday.
Cruz’s seemingly paradoxical description of Biden’s short time in office follows a 2020 presidential campaign in which former President Donald Trump alternated between calling Biden “senile” and simultaneously painting him as a “radical left” supporter of antifa.
The Texas senator accused the Biden administration of being “willing to destroy your business. He is willing to destroy your job. He is willing to destroy your family.” A longtime opponent of mask mandates, Cruz claimed to Breitbart Saturday that “there’s no testing” going on for undocumented immigrants, but U.S. citizens are forced to remain in “lockdown.”
Cruz reiterated on Fox News and to reporters this week his belief that Biden is purposefully being “boring”—as compared to Trump—in order to push through a “progressive” agenda.
Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package, which passed through Congress with zero Republican votes, did not include several proposals from progressives such as the $15 minimum wage hike. But Cruz nonetheless states that Biden and the news media are working in lockstep to promote a “boring but radical” image. Cruz said he understands that many Americans are simply “relieved not to have the drama and not to be worrying about what the president had said that day,” a reference to Trump’s daily Twitter exchanges.
“You incited an insurrection, you abandoned your constituents during a time of crisis, you kiss the ass of the President who insulted your wife and father, you are a disgrace,” replied columnist and U.S. military veteran David Weissman.
“Competent government leadership is an existential threat to the modern GOP,” remarked another top Twitter reply to the Texas senator’s “boring” claim.
Newsweek reached out to Cruz’s office as well as the White House Saturday afternoon for additional remarks.