Liberal horror novelist Stephen King took a swing at Sen. Ted Cruz about the border crisis, but got smacked down on social media by the Texas Republican for his far left commentary.
Their Twitter tiff began last Thursday, when Cruz shared a video of his appearance on Fox News, where he pushed for a law that seeks to jail repeat illegal immigrants with criminal charges for a mandatory minimum sentence.
“I spend a lot of time at the southern border,” he captioned the video. “I spend a lot of time with our border patrol agents.
“It’s never been remotely this bad. This is an invasion & our families are less safe because Joe Biden is president.”
I spend a lot of time at the southern border. I've spent a lot of time with our border patrol agents.
It's never been remotely this bad.
This is an invasion & our families are less safe because Joe Biden is president. pic.twitter.com/2jHC8CxMtn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 22, 2023
Cruz detailed that current immigration policy has allowed suspects on the Terror Watch List to illegally enter the United States at an escalating rate since 2020.
He noted that in the first half of 2023, Border Patrol agents have encountered 125 people on the Watch List, up from 98 in 2022, and staggeringly higher than the cumulative 18 in the two years prior.
King replied to Cruz’s post with a jab at the trip to Cancun he took during the Great Texas Deep Freeze in February 2021, which caused the power grid to collapse during three severe winter storms that left 10 million Lone Star state residents without heat or electricity.
Am worth more than that (as the son of a penniless immigrant), but I gladly took a 90% pay cut to fight every day for 30 million Texans.
Because rich Hollywood liberals simply… https://t.co/wEGirK2mNh
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 26, 2023
“You’ve also spent a lot of time in Cancun. That’s pretty south, right?” the Pet Sematary scribe jabbed.
Cruz schooled the It author for taking issue with “Kate’s Law,” which was named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed by an illegal migrant with multiple felony convictions and had been deported from the country five times.
“Multi-millionaire Leftist @StephenKing sits in his mansion in Maine and laughs at the kids being abused & the women being sexually assaulted on our Southern border,” the conservative senator continued the argument on Monday.
“He doesn’t give a damn about their suffering—or about the 853 migrants who died last year or the 100k Americans who died of drug overdoses. Nope. What does he want to talk about? Cancun.”
Not to let Cruz get the last word, King refused to let the Cancun trip reference drop.
“You’re worth three mil yourself, Teddy,” he snipped. “Guess you can go to Cancun pretty much whenever you want. How are your constituents doing?”
Cruz once again maintained the upper hand, by turning the tables on the liberal Hollywood elite.
“Am worth more than that (as the son of a penniless immigrant), but I gladly took a 90% pay cut to fight every day for 30 million Texans,” he concluded.
“Why does @StephenKing ignore EVERY WORD I said about the people hurt by the #BidenBorderCrisis? Because rich Hollywood liberals simply don’t give a damn about the people their policies hurt.”
Hello, Texas! I suppose you are going to elect Ted Cruz again, but admit it: he's kinda creepy, ain't he?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 7, 2018
This isn’t the first time that King has taken aim at Cruz on social media, their feud began back in 2018.
“Hello, Texas! I suppose you are going to elect Ted Cruz again, but admit it: he’s kinda creepy, ain’t he?” the Firestarter author tweeted in April 2018.
In July he endorsed Beto O’Rouke over Cruz. “Hey, Texas! I suppose you’re going to re-elect Ted Cruz, but I hope you don’t. Beto O’Rourke is mega-cool. Smart, too.”
Limousine liberal @StephenKing preaching socialism (but not his millions!) to Texas is pretty scary, kinda like Carrie riding Cujo, chopping through a door with an ax and saying “heeeeeeeeere’s……..Johnny!” https://t.co/6iKQ61Fmqd
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2018
“Also, jeez, do we have to look at Ted for another six years?” he went on.” The mind reels.”
Cruz snapped back with a tweet referencing several of King’s novels, including 1977’s The Shinning.
“Limousine liberal [King] preaching socialism (but not his millions!) to Texas is pretty scary, kinda like Carrie riding Cujo, chopping through a door with an ax and saying “heeeeeeeeere’s……..Johnny!” He replied.
Ted Cruz called me a limousine liberal!
He's never ridden in one himself, I suppose.
Come on up to Maine, Ted, I'll give you a ride on my Harley. It was made in America before your boy Trump fucked up the company.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 11, 2018