December 6, 2013 10:49 am -

Texas Senator Ted Cruz posted his praise of Nelson Mandela, but his Facebook friends took him to task for it.

Cruz issued a solemn statement to mark Mandela’s passing on Thursday, but his diehard fans responded with vitriol, posting slurs describing the South African leader as a “terrorist, communist, scumbag and murderer,” in comments on Cruz’s Facebook page.

The outspoken Tea Partier had issued a statement about the former President’s death at age 95, saying the anti-apartheid leader would “live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty.”