April 25, 2014 10:01 am -

No too-cute deed goes unpunished.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is used to getting under people’s skin.

But what he probably thought was a harmless joke (or a deliberate poke at the left) enraged animal rights advocates Wednesday night when he tweeted, and posted on Facebook, a photo of him and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) kneeling beside a tiger skin rug.

Cruz’s spokeswoman Catharine Frazier says he was kidding, and had no intention of bringing the tiger pelt back to Washington. He had hosted a fundraiser in his home state for Lee and “they ran across it in Houston and took a picture.” She could not say whether it was real.

Tigers are an endangered species. The mere act of making light of a skinned tiger set off an angry torrent of tweets and posts, with one tweeter suggesting the tiger should come alive and eat Cruz.*

“If the rug is real, Ted Cruz’s use of it reduces a majestic once-living being to a doormat,” PETA said in an “immediate release.”

And how does Cruz’s spokesperson, Catharine Frazier, respond? By bringing up abortion, of course:

“It’s unfortunate the same outrage isn’t displayed by the left when it comes to defending the lives of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies aborted every year,” she said in an email.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.