giving him hell

WATCH: Actor Ron Perlman tells Ted Cruz to “go f**k” himself

Ron Perlman and Ted Cruz
Ron Perlman and Senator Ted Cruz (Photo: Shutterstock and Gage Skidmore, via CC BY-SA 2.0)

Senator Ted Cruz was among those to question SCOTUS nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, this week.

Like other senior Republicans, including Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley, Cruz’s questions pushed Jackson on culture war issues such as gender identity and critical race theory. He also asked Jackson about her past handling of child pornography cases.

In the end, Cruz overran his time and had to be cut off by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin. However, his grandstanding prompted plenty of backlash online.

Among the bluntest was actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy). Perlman posted a video message to Cruz on Twitter.

“Hi Ted, Ron here,” Perlman said. “Listen, I know how tempting it is to appeal to the real lowest form of humanity here in the United States, the bottom feeders, people who pride themselves on hatred and un-education and inability to read and inability to understand the difference between true patriotism and the bullshit you’re selling.

“I know how tempting it is to play to those people,” Perlman continued. “Because at least you have a base, but Jesus Christ Ted, for somebody with a really, really small dick, you get to be a bigger prick every fucking day. Go fuck yourself.”

Others to criticize Cruz were Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. During his questioning, Cruz highlighted several books he took issue with, including Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, and The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale. Cruz held up what appeared to be a mint condition copy of the latter book.

AOC tweeted a photo, saying: “When you’re showing off the next book you want banned with the perfect edges and everything to underscore to everyone you haven’t actually read it.”

After Cruz’s mention of the book, it shot up the Amazon sales charts, prompting a response from its author, Vitale.

Ted Cruz is a former student of the prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz, but his one-time mentor had no time for his line of questioning, blasting it as “absurd” during a live stream on Rumble.

Dershowitz took particular exception to Cruz’s comments about gender identity, asking Jackson that if someone can change gender whether he, a Hispanic man, could change to be Asian. Jackson declined to answer “hypotheticals”.

Here’s a few more responses to Cruz’s inquisition of Jackson.