Ted Cruz used a bizarre Jason Bourne reference to mock the CIA's inclusive recruitment ad. It did not go well
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is being mocked on social media yet again for his latest blunder suggesting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had "come a long way from Jason Bourne," a fictitious agent from a film.
According to Newsweek, Cruz jumped on the bandwagon of conservatives criticizing the CIA's latest announcement to encourage diversity within the government organization. One part of the video, which was posted to the federal agency's YouTube channel under "Humans of CIA," featured a 36-year-old Latina woman who described herself as a "woman of color" and a "cisgender millennial."
The video, which was originally shared back in March, has caught the attention of many social media users but conservatives have been quite critical of the ad while raising concerns about how it will be perceived. The Texas senator also tweeted in agreement with opposing conservatives as he sarcastically mocked the video.
"If you're a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un...would this scare you?" Cruz tweeted. "We've come a long way from Jason Bourne."
If you’re a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un...would this scare you? We’ve come a long way… https://t.co/TK6SdICtD3— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1620095105.0
One Twitter user wrote, "Jason Bourne was so cool and real. Remember when Harrison Ford was POTUS in real life and threw that guy out of Air Force One?"
"Ted thinks the Jason Bourne Movies were documentaries...yikes," another Twitter user said while mocking the lawmaker.
The woman in the photo also fired back with a message for Cruz. "Hey [Ted Cruz], pretty sure I had no issues getting the information I need during my time as a CIA officer and FBI agent," she tweeted. "Tropes like the one you perpetuate are the reason women are severely underrepresented in NatSec and LEO jobs."
Hey @tedcruz, pretty sure I had no issues getting the information I need during my time as a CIA officer and FBI ag… https://t.co/3Gk1YEuWyI— Tracy Walder (@Tracy Walder) 1620147090.0
@tedcruz Jason Bourne may not be real, but Naveed Jamali is — and this brown, first generation, and non-traditional… https://t.co/Uen1i5rgRn— Naveed Jamali (@Naveed Jamali) 1620133753.0
@tedcruz Fictional character Jason Bourne would have NEVER left anyone behind, freezing in Texas, to go stay at the… https://t.co/iWuHE1JTEq— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1620143125.0
@tedcruz Interesting that you didn't say anything about Russia 🤔 FYI Jason Bourne is a movie based on a book not reality— Eric Garcia for Congress (@Eric Garcia for Congress) 1620098050.0
@tedcruz You literally fled the country because your house was chilly. Have a seat, Rambo.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1620141528.0
The CIA's video signals that its goal is to expand and diversify despite backlash from conservatives.
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