Cruz’s campaign kickoff is trolltastic
Shortly after midnight last night, Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President via Twitter.
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
Today, Senator Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign at Liberty University.
Of the many things I learned about Cruz in his 2012 Senatorial bid, one to keep in mind is that the man is nothing if not deliberate. Cruz gave a great speech (he never gives bad speeches), but his campaign launch was littered with several liberty-embellished easter eggs. The result? Some masterfully executed trolling.
Troll 1: Launching his campaign at Liberty University (a Christian university that has a strong anti-BDS stance)
Troll 2: Cruz’s speech was teleprompter free. Cruz does best when he’s speaking off the cuff. He’s also not prone to falling for gotcha questions. Good luck with that one, Media.
Troll 3: Today marks the exact day five years ago that Obamacare was signed into law.
Troll 4: Today marks the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s unforgettable “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech.
Troll 5: Cruz spoke openly about faith, Christianity, and how Christianity changed his family (Liberty is a Christian university, of course)
Cruz’s campaign kickoff speech here:
Many members of the fourth estate weren’t too impressed though:
If I were launching campaign to win support of majority of American people for my presidency, wouldn't announce at right wing Liberty Univ.
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) March 23, 2015
Liberty’s glass ceilings—& those of the religious constituency that Cruz is courting—could complicate his message http://t.co/ZDSBySJYz4
— Elizabeth Dias (@elizabethjdias) March 23, 2015
My piece on Ted Cruz's announcement: Good luck with those women voters, Cruz. http://t.co/v0GCxz3szc
— Kay Steiger (@kaysteiger) March 23, 2015
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) March 23, 2015
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) March 23, 2015
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) March 23, 2015
And then the White House:
JOSH EARNEST: "There was a candidate for Pres in 2012 who pledged to repeal the #ACA and that pledge didn't work out too well for him"
— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosaDC) March 23, 2015
The troll force is strong.
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