As the Congress held hearings about UFOs for the first time in decades, Ted Cruz was out blaming the Biden administration for an “alien invasion” of another sort!
The Texas Senator recently tweeted, “Over 2 million illegal aliens streamed across the border last year. This is an invasion we’re seeing because Joe Biden refuses to enforce the law!”
The tweet included a clip from a May 16 radio interview where Cruz said, “it is an invasion we’re seeing, the state of Texas and across the country.”
Almost all Republicans and many Americans share Cruz’s belief that Joe Biden is failing miserably on immigration. However, the Senator’s use of the word “invasion” is eerily similar to wording used in the manifesto of the Buffalo shooter who took the lives of 10 in an apparently racially motivated attack.
To his credit, Cruz’s tweet came after he condemned the shooter’s actions, tweeting on the Monday after the horrific events, “The racism & antisemitism that purportedly motivated this killer have no place in America.”
But, still, some think it’s time right-wing politicians like Cruz tamp down the “invasion” rhetoric. In fact, the Houston Chronicle called the Senator out for the use of that word after the shooting occurred.
A spokesman for Cruz shot back, saying, “Sen. Cruz has resoundingly condemned the Buffalo shooter and his racist, antisemitic motives. Last we checked, the Houston Chronicle is based in Texas and should care about the fact that the number of illegal migrants who tried to cross the US-Mexico border just last month was more than the number of Russian soldiers that Putin had mobilized on the Ukrainian border in February to invade the entire country of Ukraine.”
Thus implying that Cruz’s use of the word “invasion” is justified and not bait for white supremacists.
Indeed, Cruz is far from the first Texas Republican to refer to migration at the border as an “invasion.” US Reps. Chip Roy of Austin, Troy Nehls of Houston, and Ronny Jackson of Amarillo are among the Texas Republicans who have repeatedly referred to an “invasion” on the border as recently as last week.
And last month, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush joined calls from the right-wing for the state to take the extreme step of declaring illegal border crossings an “invasion” under the Constitution in order to expel migrants immediately, bypassing the federal government’s authority over immigration.
But the term is now a bit of a lightning rod for the left as the writings of the Buffalo shooter included the word “invader” 10 times, according to Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.
It’s a worldview similar to that of the gunman accused of killing 23 people at an El Paso Walmart in 2019. The shooter allegedly shared a hate-filled document claiming a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
In light of these shootings, many believe that – intentionally or not – the use of the word “invasion” is a dog whistle to those on the fringe that believe in the “Great Replacement Theory,” which holds that minority ethnic groups are engaged in a plot to take power from whites, with the ultimate goal of domination or extermination of the white race.