Sen. Ted Cruz does not apologize for quoting Frederick Douglass after Mara Gay, a member of the editorial office The New York Times said that the abolition of the Civil War era has nothing to do in your mouth.
Cruz had quoted a speech made by Douglass in response to the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick partly quoting the speech that criticized the US in a fourth July tweet.
"You cite a mighty and historic speech by the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, but without context many modern readers will misunderstand," said Texas senator.
"Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his name has no business in your mouth," Gay tweeted in response. "
" "You respond to any view you dislike, not with facts or reason, but with a hominem attack, "Cruz tweeted back." And you seem horrified that I bind to Douglass's whole speech so readers can judge for themselves. You represent your employer well. "
Let's see. You are on the NEW editorial board. You respond to any view you don't like, not with facts or reason, but with a hominem attack, seems to be appalled that I Connected to Douglass's entire speech, so readers can judge for themselves. You represent your employer well. https://t.co/c8168yiCgY
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz)
July 5, 2019
Gay responded to Cruz and said she felt Douglass's powerful words were used to lessen an American who's been trying to make the country fairer to everyone & # 39; and wanted him a happy independence day weekend.
You're right. Everyone should read these comments in their entirety. I was offended because I felt Douglass's powerful words were used to diminish an American who has been trying to make the country fairer for everyone. In that spirit, peace and joyous independence day weekend for you.
– Mara Gay (@MaraGay)
July 5, 2019
Cruz's first response to Kaepernick said his Twitter record lacked context and continued to provide more Douglass quotes.
Kaepernick's post comes shortly after it was revealed that he was helping to stop the sports firm Nike from selling Air Max 1 Quick Strike 4th of July sneakers that featured Betsy Ross's American flag. Kaepernick complained that the flag was offensive because it marked an era when there was slavery in the United States.