That’s based on the rebuke the White House Twitter page made in response to the smarmy Republican senator on Wednesday.
Last week, Cruz tweeted that the passage of a bill that would upgrade highway sections of the Ports-to-Plains corridor was a “great bipartisan victory.”
But was it?
Although Cruz and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to an omnibus bill passed earlier this year that designated part of the Ports-to-Plains corridor as a future addition to the nation’s interstate highway system, Cruz voted against the bill that would have funded it, according to The Hill.
Still, he seemed quite willing to take credit for the project, such as during an interview he did with Lubbock ABC affiliate KAMC TV that he included in the tweet.
The Ports to Plains highway will run from Laredo all the way up to North Dakota and into Canada.
This project will bring jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state.
A great bipartisan victory! pic.twitter.com/GTgmn0Iliy
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 12, 2022
Cruz also took credit for the project in an official release, but in both cases, he left out one very important detail: He actually voted against the bill that funded the project he was praising.
The White House Twitter page was very happy to fill in that blank.
Senator Cruz voted against this. https://t.co/mht1OgtvwL
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 21, 2022
Ryan Chandler, the KAMC reporter who interviewed Cruz about the freeway, chimed in that he pressed the senator on why he didn’t vote for the bill and included a clip of that moment ― which Cruz inexplicably left off his earlier self-serving tweet.
Cruz tried to explain away the hypocrisy by claiming he supported the project, but not the bill that funded it.
“That happens frequently in the United States Senate … I vote against the giant mess of a bill, but at the same time, enact the legislative victory that’s focused on jobs in the state of Texas,” Cruz said, without irony.
And we asked him why. Here's his response. pic.twitter.com/3OImvbskz3
— Ryan Chandler (@RyanChandler98) September 21, 2022
Twitter users seemed quite amused at the clapback, which came a few weeks after the White House publicly called out Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and other Republican lawmakers who criticized student loan debt relief, even as they had loans forgiven from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.
The White House has had more than enough of Ted’s shit, folks. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) September 21, 2022
TY @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris@WhiteHouse for letting us along with the gun-toting people of Texas know, @SenTedCruz had zero to do with bringing these jobs and millions of $$$ to Texas.
In fact, @tedcruz is a fraud and an empty suit of a senator.✌🏾#UrbanAgenda#BOSpoli#MApolihttps://t.co/M4utREWhwf
— Notorious VOG (@NotoriousVOG) September 21, 2022
I love it. I don't really like calling people out for honest mistakes we all make, but if someone continually behaves in bad faith pretty much 24/7...yes. Hold them accountable. https://t.co/pggGw7SCmT
— Nick Craver (@Nick_Craver) September 21, 2022
A civics lesson for @tedcruz - when you vote “NO” on legislation it means… wait for it… you DO NOT SUPPORT the bill, therefore you should not take credit for something you didn’t vote for & support. Thx to the senate Dems who care more about TX priorities than their Senator.
— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@harrisonjaime) September 21, 2022
— William Haston (@WilliamForGA4) September 21, 2022
Senator Ted Cruz never met a partisan victory he hadn't completely voted against.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) September 21, 2022
HuffPost reached out to the senator for comment, but no one immediately responded.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.