09/26/2013 01:32 pm ET

#TedCruzIsAsLatinoAs Taco Bell, Says Twitter (TWEETS)


As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took the national spotlight with a 21-hour faux filibuster from Wednesday to Thursday, Twitters revisited the old theme of the senator’s ethnicity.

The hashtag #CruzIsAsLatinoAs appeared, with many poking fun at the light-skinned politician’s heritage.

We’ve pointed this out several times: Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant and a non-Hispanic American mother, is every bit as Latino as any other person of Latin American heritage who chooses to identify that way. Latino is not a race, and it’s certainly not a political ideology. In fact, anyone familiar with Cuban-American politics in South Florida would recognize Cruz’s ideas as representative of a large chunk of the 1960s exile group.

Not everyone’s convinced. Twitters users jumped on the hashtag to hurl a steady stream of slights at Cruz.

But it wasn’t just the haters who jumped on the #TedCruzIsAsLatinoAs bandwagon. Others turned the hashtag on its head, or used it to make more nuanced point.

Peruvian writer and Executive Producer of Radioambulante Daniel Alarcón chimed in with:

Cruz has faced attacks on his Latinidad since hitting the campaign trail for his Senate seat. The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa told the Houston Chronicle last year that Ted Cruz was “as much Hispanic” as Tom Cruise. In May, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Cruz shouldn’t be defined as Hispanic because of his politics.



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