The posting in question reads as such:
“Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free. We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.”
Needless to say, Cruz’s comments were not what his fellow Tea Partiers wanted to see, let alone digest. To some, the Republican firebrand crossed the line in his praise of Mandela. The result: a slew of Facebook replies that didn’t hide how they really felt about Cruz and the man he honored.
“Let’s not forget that Mandela called Castro’s Communist revolution ‘a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people,’” Mike Bates stated.
“Go home ted your drunk. He was a communist terrorist who targeted people for no other reason than being white [sic],” Shane Spade expressed.
Cruz’ Tea Party cred was further questioned by Matt Helm, who yearned for the good ole days as he stated that South Africa was better off before Mandela was president.
“Yeah…not with you on this one, Ted. Might want to reign in the warm and fuzzy interns posting on your page on your behalf, Mandela was not a hero and South Africa is NOT better off because of his work,” Helm said.
Even more offensive were those who voiced their happiness in Mandela’s death.
“Mandela wasn’t worth the loss of a single tear. This is a time for celebration. He’s just lucky he never got justice handed to him for the cruelty he and his government inflicted on people,” Benjamin Broda said.
Despite comments about the racist and hate-filled messages, it wasn’t enough to silence the majority of commenters, who believe that Cruz is “selling out to the politically correct establishment and that Nelson Mandela is not a revolutionary that literally changed the course of history, instead he’s a terrorist murderer who hates white people.”
The Texas politician’s praise of Mandela may ultimately come back to bite him via disappointed voters who regret choosing him to lead them.
“Well I’m sorry I voted for you Cruz. Really disappointed in [c]onservatives tonight for they’re [sic] ignorance about him,” said Taylor Hartmann.
“I didn’t realize we conservatives glorified racist, Marxist, terrorists but I guess all you politicians are the same,” a disappointed Cruz voter wrote.
With heat coming from both sides, the next election looks to be very interesting for Mr. Cruz. Stay tuned…