Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz came under criticism over a school shooting in his state at a press conference when he offered his condolences to those affected but also to migrants at the border in an attempt to slam President Joe Biden. Changed subject quickly.
At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, following a fight-inspired shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, Mr. Cruz said: “I know we are raising all students and teachers in prayer, and before respondents, and parents.”
“There are a lot of these in schools, and so we are grateful for the courage and heroism of the first responders, and we hope that all students or individuals who may be injured will come through and survive,” he said. said.
Four people were injured in the shooting, which Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Colby said was “not a random act of violence”.
The family of the suspect, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, has claimed he was bullied and robbed before the shooting.
Mr Simpkins’ cousin Sint Wheat posted on Facebook: “At the end of the day my little cousin got bullied. I don’t know how to feel about it. He’s not a bad kid [sic]”
Carol Harrison Lafayette identified herself as a family member and said Mr. Simpkins was “robbed. Recorded.”
“It didn’t just happen once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was scared,” she said.
Mr. Simpkins turned himself in. He has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $75,000 bond.
Following his message to those affected by the shooting, Mr. Cruise went to immigration and the border.
“We are here today to talk about the Biden border crisis that continues on the southern border,” he said.
Twitter users were quick to criticize Mr Cruise for spending so little time speaking about the shooting to bash Mr Biden over the border situation.
“Of all the lewd, disgusting, dehumanizing, fake outrage displays I’ve seen Ted Cruz, this pivot from a school shooting that just hasn’t happened far enough, to rip Biden about the border, just might be the worst. is,” lawyer Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
Matthew Dowd, chief strategist of the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign and the current Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Texas wrote That “Ted Cruz, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick have done absolutely nothing to fix our broken immigration system or stop gun violence in Texas. Nothing. In fact, what they have done has made it more spoiled. They are responsible”.
“Ted Cruz ruins a moment when he can offer condolences to the families affected by the school shooting today so they can come to the center. What a shame,” another Twitter user couple.
“Ted Cruz is using the school shooting as an opportunity to slam President Biden… Ted Cruz,” one account holder wrote.
in a statement to Granthshala, A spokesman for Mr. Cruz said: “Only a truly biased hack can turn a story as sad as the high school shootings and rearrange it for an online gossip smear piece. Using the horrific shooting to their own clickbait advantage. Senator Cruz expressed his support for the victims and first responders at the scene – you should do the same.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Ted Cruz