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Ted Cruz rips Kevin Bacon for sharing Beto O’Rourke’s NFL anthem answer

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Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday went after Kevin Bacon on Twitter
for sharing a viral video featuring his Democratic
opponent.

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  • Republican Sen. Ted Cruz took to Twitter to blast actor
    Kevin Bacon for sharing Democratic Senate candidate Beto
    O’Rourke’s viral speech on NFL national anthem
    protests.
  • O’Rourke, who currently represents Texas’s 16th
    Congressional District, is vying to unseat Cruz this
    November.
  • A video of O’Rourke explaining his position on NFL
    players who kneel during the national anthem has taken the
    internet by storm over the past few days. 

  • Initially, the El Paso native was pegged as a
    long-shot candidate, but a new NBC News/Marist poll showed
    him just
    4 points behind Cruz
    .


Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday took to Twitter to rip actor
Kevin Bacon for sharing Democratic Senate candidate Beto
O’Rourke’s viral speech on NFL players’ protests during the
national anthem.

“Most Texans stand for the flag, but Hollywood liberals are
so excited that Beto is siding with NFL players protesting the
national anthem that Kevin Bacon just retweeted it,” Cruz
tweeted. “That means all of us us can now win Six Degrees of
Kevin Bacon!”

O’Rourke, who currently represents Texas’s 16th
Congressional District, is vying to unseat Cruz this
November.

Initially, the El Paso native was pegged as a long-shot
candidate. But a new NBC News/Marist poll put
him just
4 points behind Cruz
, a former presidential candidate in
2016. 

During a recent campaign stop, O’Rourke explained why he
supports NFL players who protest during the national anthem when
questioned about it by a man in the crowd who said he found it
disrespectful. 

“Nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country
are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention
and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it. That is
why they are doing it,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke added: “I can think of nothing more American than
to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any
time, anywhere, in any place.”

The Texas congressman’s nearly five-minute explanation was
captured on video and went viral. In recent days, O’Rourke’s
remarks have been shared and praised by from figures including
the NBA’s LeBron
James.

The viral speech has
placed O’Rourke in the national spotlight
and some have
pegged him as a future leader in the Democratic Party.

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