Ted Cruz Ridiculed Over Flag Day Pledge of Allegiance Twitter Video

Ted Cruz was mocked and criticized after posting a video on Twitter showing him taking the Pledge of Allegiance while standing next to the American flag.

The Texas Senator posted the 14-second clip on Monday, along with the caption: "This didn't use to be controversial #flagday." The clip has since been shared more than 1.5 million times.

It's unclear what prompted Cruz to share the video, but some social media users questioned why Cruz decided to post the clip when he should be focusing on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) warning there may not be enough power to meet demand and that there may be further blackouts in the state.

ERCOT said a significant number of forced generation outages and potential record electricity use in June have resulted in tight grid conditions. The energy company is asking Texas residents to reduce their electricity use by turning off lights and pool pumps and to avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers in order to help conserve power.

"Texas is broken. This is one of the guys that broke it. The grid is about to collapse again and this is Ted Cruz's response," tweeted comedian Christopher Titus. "He's done nothing for Texas but damn is he a carnival barker of fear mongering and bulls**t.

"I guess all the flights to Cancun were booked," Titus added in reference to the previous condemnation Cruz received after he was found flying to the Mexican city as millions of Texas were without power in freezing temperatures during February's severe winter storm.

Remember when your supporters beat cops with that flag? We do, you seditionist. pic.twitter.com/wFMY3mvyVi

— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 14, 2021

I think the controversy here is that you are violating the flag's personal space. (That and the fact that you are pledging allegiance to it after inciting a treasonous riot.) https://t.co/2eICsPxIZQ

— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) June 15, 2021

This hypocrite... https://t.co/pnU5qC6WwW

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 15, 2021

I served on active duty. Democrats support:
-The Flag
-Child tax credits
-Science
-Baseball

Democrats oppose:
-Insurrections
-Voter suppression
-QAnon
-Unreliable electrical power

None of this is controversial. https://t.co/n5sVwYxIo7

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 15, 2021

Replying to Cruz's tweet, Jeff Tiedrich, a popular Twitter user who frequently criticizes Donald Trump and the GOP, added: "Stop the performative grievance-baby nonsense, you grandstanding huckster, reciting the Pledge is not controversial. pledge to the flag all you want — the next time you're in a Cancun airport while your constituents are freezing in the dark, for example."

Others also accused Cruz of inciting the violence that led to the January 6 attack on the Capitol by continuing to amplify false claims that Trump lost the election due to widespread voter fraud. Cruz still voted to reject the electoral votes even after the insurrection attempt disrupted the counting process.

Others also ridiculed Cruz for his continuing support of Trump despite the former president's attacks against his own family.

"Certified election results didn't used to be controversial, you traitorous t**t," West Wing actor Bradley Whitford tweeted. "Neither did defending your father and your wife."

Singer Richard Marx wrote: "It's 'used to be,' Rafael, you illiterate clown. What IS still controversial is inciting an insurrection; leaving your state's residents during a deadly crisis to chill in Mexico; and licking the taint of the man who called your father a murderer and your wife ugly."

Cruz has been contacted for comment.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gestures as he speaks during a news conference on the U.S. southern border and President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, in the Hart Senate Office Building on May 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images