Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) creates controversy almost every time he opens his mouth, but at the passing of the great humanitarian leader Nelson Mandela, Cruz was just as reverent and non-partisan as everyone else. Cruz posted this note on his Facebook page:
"Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, 'Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.' Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.
"We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa."
A nice, simple, unoffensive tribute. Unoffensive, that is, unless you are a nutcase that supports Ted Cruz. Here is a small sampling of the insanity that followed in the comments section.
There is a mix of pro-Mandela and "Mandela was a commie terrorist" on Cruz's Facebook page, but be assured that I'm not cherry-picking here (and hmm...who else has the far right called a commie terrorist?).
And of course, there's more. There are thousands of comments under Cruz' post. This is a mere taste of the trainwreck of humanity on that thread.
One thing we can take heart in is that the top voted comment summed up the basic reaction most people had to Cruz's followers: