Did Ted Cruz Confuse Washington State With Western Australia in Anti-Democrat Tweet?


In the final few days of 2021, critics of prominent Sen. Ted Cruz seized upon what appeared to be a deleted tweet in which the Texas Republican attacked what he characterized as Democratic overreach in social restrictions aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19. But he confused “Washington state” with “Western Australia.”

For example, on Dec. 29, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger — an anti-Trump Republican from Illinois — wrote on Twitter: “Since [Ted Cruz] deleted this, I’ll post as a reminder to all of us to DO YOUR RESEARCH before posting misinformation. WA means ‘Western Australia’ not Washington state.”

Kinzinger attached what appeared to be a screenshot of an earlier tweet, in which Cruz criticized “power-drunk” and “authoritarian” Democrats in Washington state for supposedly prohibiting dancing in New Year’s Eve parties. Cruz appeared to…

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