We didn’t roll into work on this Monday looking to get involved in the great Texas vs. California debate, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has left us with no choice.
At a campaign event in his home state — where he faces a tough re-election race against challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, — over the weekend, the former presidential candidate made a point to suggest his opponent is trying to turn Texas blue.
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Then he dragged California into his speech.
“We are seeing tens of millions of dollars flooding into the state of Texas from liberals all over the country who desperately want to turn the state of Texas blue,” Cruz said. “They want us to be just like California, right down to tofu and silicon and dyed hair.”
Now we well know how Texas and California have been pitted against each other for a number of reasons over the years. The 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers is a prime example, and we’re also well aware that plenty of Californians have moved to Texas in the past decade.
But this description of Californians is raising a lot of questions, especially on the dyed hair and tofu points. After all, Texas is the home of a $61 million soybean crop in 2017. Tofu is, ahem, a soybean product.
Maybe he should have gone with avocados? But who can say a bad thing about avocados?
What remains is his mention of “silicon” which, based on Cruz’s pronunciation of the word, seems to be a reference to Silicon Valley. As MarketWatch points out, Texas is home to a number of major tech companies — including one of the first semiconductor giants, Texas Instruments Inc. — many of which use silicon in their products.