It’s not every day you see a politician promoting his political opponent, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) did just that this weekend when he shared a video of his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke (D) on his Twitter account.
In a tweet with the caption: “In Beto O’Rourke’s own words,” Cruz shared a video that showed O’Rourke preaching about the social injustice in America and calling an end to police gunning down innocent, unarmed black men.
In particular, the video shows O’Rourke talking about the death of Botham Shem Jean, who was shot and killed in his own apartment by a white police officer who claimed that she thought he was robbing her home.
What was more disgusting is that Dallas police tried to discredit the victim by raiding his apartment and finding a small amount of marijuana.
“How can it be, in this day and age, in this very year, in this community, that a young man, African-American, in his own apartment, is shot and killed by a police officer?” O’Rourke asks a crowd assembled in a church.
“And when we all want justice and the facts and the information to make an informed decision, what’s released to the public? That he had a small amount of marijuana in his kitchen,” O’Rourke continues.
“How can that be just in this country? How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers? That is not justice. That is not us. That can and must change.”
Here’s the video Ted Cruz shared:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 21, 2018
In response, people were shocked that he would endorse his own political opponent.
Ted’s a Beto fan too. Who knew!
— Rob Bartholomew (@RobBartholomew1) September 22, 2018
I had to look twice to make sure this was from the Cruz account. I thought for sure it was a Beto ad. I agree with everything Beto said here.
— James Thornton (@Calabim696) September 21, 2018
Where is the lie? pic.twitter.com/GwsTzY9L3m
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 22, 2018
— Kat (@_RogueMermaid) September 21, 2018
— Krissy (@krissyjrude) September 22, 2018