Cruz laughs off 'attack meme' against him using band Kiss

Cruz laughs off 'attack meme' against him using band Kiss
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE (R-Texas) on Monday laughed off a doctored photo that imagined him as a member of the rock group Kiss, which he called "pretty damn funny."

The original post, which photoshopped Cruz into the band, was sent out by someone voicing support for Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Redistricting: 'The next decade of our democracy is on the ballot' in November MORE (Texas), Cruz's Democratic challenger in November's midterm elections.

Cruz told conservative comedian Steven Crowder in an interview last Friday that he "reads all the bad things [about him] on Twitter" and shows the funniest to members of his staff.

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"If you ever have something that's actually clever and funny, I'll read it to the team," Cruz said, agreeing that an insult that stings is usually "hysterical."

Cruz has been the object of less-friendly political opposition as well, such as two weeks ago, when he and his wife were run out of a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

"They surrounded us, they screamed at us," Cruz said, describing the encounter on Fox News to Sean Hannity. "They basically shut down the restaurant and made it impossible to have dinner."

O'Rourke is giving Cruz a surprisingly strong challenge in deep-red Texas. The Cook Political Report currently rates the race as a toss-up.