Ted Cruz challenges actor Ron Perlman to wrestle Jim Jordan after attack on Gaetz

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match against Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanGOP divided over bills targeting tech giants Hillicon Valley: Biden, Putin agree to begin work on addressing cybersecurity concerns | Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees | Rick Scott threatens to delay national security nominees until Biden visits border Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show MORE (R-Ohio) on Monday, with Cruz predicting the "Sons of Anarchy" and "Hellboy" star couldn't last five minutes with the former collegiate athlete and coach.

The challenge came after Perlman and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzKatie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House GOP divided over bills targeting tech giants Kinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' MORE (R-Fla.) got into a Twitter spat over U.S. Soccer removing a requirement to stand during the national anthem before matches, which included Perlman calling Jordan "the ugliest politician walking.”

"Listen Hellboy. You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen," Cruz tweeted. "But I’ll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn’t last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?"


Perlman responded with some colorful language before saying he would wrestle Cruz while offering to donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter if he were to lose.


The back-and-forth came after Gaetz tweeted that he'd "rather the U.S. not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem."

"You shouldn’t get to play under our flag as our national team if you won’t stand when it is raised," Gaetz added in a tweet that generated more than 175,000 likes and nearly 50,000 retweets as of Monday morning.

Perlman later replied to Gaetz while tagging President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE.

Gaetz retorted by calling Perlman a “racial justice warrior” while also criticizing him for playing a fictional white supremacist on the FX series “Sons of Anarchy."

Perlman has a history of criticizing Trump on social media while supporting Democratic candidates.

The 70-year-old endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris send well wishes for Father's Day The U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation MORE's (D-Calif.) presidential campaign while joining other actors and performers in calling on a boycott of Georgia shortly after Republican Brian Kemp defeated Stacey Abrams (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race in 2018.