Ted Cruz Posts Border Rickroll After AOC Demands Resignation

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is turning to memes to continue his pressure on President Joe Biden over the situation at the southern border, with the GOP citing what its members are calling a "crisis" as proof of the White House's inadequate immigration policy.

Cruz posted a tweet late Thursday with a link promising: "EXCLUSIVE video of Biden's secret plan to secure the border." The video link took users to the music video of Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up." The "Rickroll" is a common online joke by which users are unwittingly directed to the video via a misleading link.

EXCLUSIVE video of Biden’s secret plan to secure the border: https://t.co/2JRdjmEPU6 pic.twitter.com/qbl30RV1Rt

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 2, 2021

Cruz has been a leading voice in criticizing the White House over the situation at the southern border, where personnel and facilities have been overwhelmed by a spike in new arrivals—particularly of unaccompanied minors.

For Cruz and other Texas lawmakers, the border situation is also a helpful distraction from the state-wide energy crisis following February's storms. Cruz became a lightning rod for popular anger after he flew to Cancun for a vacation even as Texas voters struggled without power.

Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are keeping up the pressure, with the New York congresswoman on Thursday pressing Cruz to resign.

Criticizing Cruz's latest border remarks, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: "Maybe Mexico shouldn't let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún...A reminder that your resignation is 84 days past due. At least."

Cruz had criticized Ocasio-Cortez for attacking years of controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection detentions at the border. Cruz characterized the Democratic stance as demanding "full open borders. Which would make the #BidenBorderCrisis even worse."

Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the tweet. "Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico," she wrote. "Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you're complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff."

Biden and his team have faced criticism from the right and the left over the situation, which the White House is refusing to label a "crisis."

Democrats and Republicans expressed horror at leaked footage from inside detention facilities that showed severe overcrowding, inadequate coronavirus safety measures, and unaccompanied children detained for hours.

Republicans see the chaos as vindication for former President Donald Trump's tough line on immigration, accusing Biden of encouraging migration with his more lenient policies. Biden's team have blamed the Trump administration for gutting capacity at the border.

The border situation is helping the GOP distract from its own internal conflicts, its failure to support broadly popular coronavirus relief, and concerns about the party's attempts to restrict voting rights in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Ted Cruz at Texas border during tour
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the media after a tour of part of the Rio Grande river on March 26, 2021 in Mission, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images