Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued an inflammatory challenge to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other House Democrats to visit the “Biden cages” holding migrants at the border.
“Mr. President, every Democrat who stood up and lamented kids in cages, in the House of Representatives, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, has a famous photo of her grasping her head by the kids in cages,” Cruz said. “Well, I’m going to give a simple challenge for Representative Ocasio-Cortez and for every Democrat in this body. Go see the Biden cages with your own eyes.”
The photo Cruz referenced is from Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 visit to a facility housing migrant children in West Texas. The congresswoman received widespread criticism for the photos, with some calling it a staged photo-op.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office responded to the criticism at the time, saying the allegations are “in no way related to reality or truth.”
Cruz made his comments during a Senate floor speech amid the ongoing border crisis that saw over 14,000 Haitian migrants under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
“Why does Joe Biden refuse to go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if he goes, the TV cameras will come with him,” Cruz said. “Why does Kamala Harris, who’s supposed to be the border czar, she’s supposed to be in charge of this, why won’t she go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if she went, the TV cameras would come and would show the Biden cages.”
“Nothing to see here. Anyone want to know what Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor is? That’s the news!”