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The controversial cyclist, who himself once hinted at a run for office, tweeted his endorsement for O’Rourke, a Democratic congressman from El Paso, on Thursday.
“Dear my fellow Texans, we have a choice,” Armstrong wrote. “This guy or Ted Cruz. It’s time for reasonable and balanced talk on ALL issues … WE are for @BetoORourke!”
Armstrong shared his comment along with a video of O’Rourke defending NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
In the viral clip, O’Rourke gives a passionate defense of the players’ protests, saying he “can think of nothing more American.”
A recent NBC News/Marist poll shows Cruz leading O’Rourke by 4 points in the race. Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in decades.
A number of social media users responded to Armstrong’s tweet, mocking him, saying his endorsement shouldn’t be trusted because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs and efforts to cover it up during his cycling career. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012.
“Guessing the Cruz campaign will be sending you a thank you note for this one,” one person wrote.