In the footage from the trip, Cruz pointed into the bushes near the Rio Grande and spoke of unseen smugglers on the other side.
“Just a few minutes ago there were multiple smugglers on the other side who were shining flashlights at us, who were yelling at us, who were taunting us,” he said. “Who were taunting, I think they probably assumed we were Border Patrol, but they routinely taunt the Border Patrol.”
Cruz also complained in footage he posted on his Twitter feed last week about the “taunting.”
But given that Cruz is often taunted elsewhere ― especially on Twitter ― more than a few critics did so again and several refered to a scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” featuring a literal taunter:
Cruz’s latest trip came more than a month after he visited the other side of the border for a very different reason. He abandoned his home state in the middle of a major disaster to take a vacation in Cancun. As Texans struggled with freezing temperatures and sweeping power outages, Cruz and his family hung out at the Ritz-Carlton.
Cruz returned the next day once word got out, tried to blame the trip on his daughters, then blamed the media and ultimately attempted to make jokes about it. For that and other reasons, the taunting followed Cruz from the border to Twitter:
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) March 30, 2021
I can’t believe Ted Cruz survived this. How harrowing. pic.twitter.com/nzoXBD6xDe
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2021
The tiny flashlight has killed me. I am dead pic.twitter.com/Oepz7Dma4c
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 30, 2021
Obviously, they had a smug look on their faces as they were taunting him. And then they did this. pic.twitter.com/9aWj5m4ghv
— Occam's Epilady 🍑🌊 (@comboverwhelmed) March 30, 2021
— scott linnen (@ScottLinnen) March 30, 2021
If someone's taunting Ted Cruz there's every likelihood they're Americans.
— Progressive Twit-Not a Tall Man (@ProgressiveTwit) March 30, 2021
The taunting? That was me. https://t.co/EuitOtq0J7
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) March 30, 2021
What trip do I have to take to get to taunt Ted Cruz. I'm there.
— Jim Belushi of Speech Openings (@FlyingMezerkis) March 30, 2021
"Go back to Washington, Ted Cruz, or we will taunt you a second time!" -cartels, I guess.
— Ian Rose (@ianrosewrites) March 26, 2021
And they were yelling things at me like “Hey Ted! You left your sunscreen!” https://t.co/6JFxMfGcQP