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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match against Rep. Jim Jordan (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 Gaetz (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 Trump.

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 Harris’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.

Tags Donald Trump Hellboy Jim Jordan Matt Gaetz ron perlman Sons of Anarchy Ted Cruz U.S. Soccer
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