Ted Cruz tried to fear-monger about Elizabeth Warren — but it blew up in his face

Ted Cruz tried to fear-monger about Elizabeth Warren — but it blew up in his face
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. // Credit: Gage Skidmore

During an appearance on Fox News this week, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fear-monger by claiming that if former Vice President Joe Biden wins in November, he will pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren for secretary of the Treasury. But what was meant to be an attack on Biden and other Democrats is being hailed as a good or excellent idea by Warren’s admirers on Twitter.

On Sean Hannity’s show, video of Democrat Stacey Abrams aired in the background while Cruz declared, “If these guys win, we’re going to wake up in January with Elizabeth Warren as treasury secretary.”

Journalist Ed Mazza, in HuffPost, notes, “Many Twitter users didn’t see that as the threat Cruz intended, given her support of consumer protections and regulations on big banks. Warren is also the sixth most popular Democrat in the nation, according to YouGov, and is even more popular within the party, with 66% saying they have either a somewhat or very favorable opinion of her in the organization’s most recent survey.”

This wasn’t the first time a well-known political figure mentioned Warren as a possible candidate for a high-ranking position in a hypothetical Biden administration if he defeats Trump. Warren was among the contenders for Biden’s running mate before he ultimately decided on Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has commented that he thinks Warren would make an excellent U.S. attorney general given her history of encouraging financial and banking reforms.

But on Twitter, Warren’s admirers have been weighing in specifically on the type of Treasury secretary she would make. Here are some of their comments:

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