Do You Believe Ted Cruz Swallowed a Fly on Fox News?

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Do You Believe Ted Cruz Swallowed a Fly on Fox News?

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has being criticized on Twitter when a video of him swallowing a bug during a Fox News interview resurfaced.

Early on Thursday, the hashtag #ToadCruz started trending on Twitter, a play on the lawmaker’s name and a reference to toads, which devour flies.

The Complaint

On Thursday morning, Twitter users uploaded what looked to be a short video clip of Cruz on Fox News.

An insect of some kind can be seen crawling up Cruz’s face and beneath his mouth in a six-second video with no sound, which was also posted as a GIF.

Cruz appears to consume it in this version of the video, then coughs and sips water from a bottle.

The video and GIF were taken at face value by many on the social media platform. The senator was mocked after they identified the creature as a fly. According to Trends24, the hashtag #ToadCruz was trending number one in the United States for a moment, barely ahead of #FriendsReunion.

Some people used the video to mock Cruz’s politics and make jokes about flies and toads.

Oh, no. My. Goodness. He swallowed a fly! https://t.co/SFBfkWzxA8

May 27, 2021 — John Aravosis (@aravosis)

The Details

The clip is taken from an interview Cruz gave to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on June 28, 2019. A full video of this interview, which is 8 minutes, 26 seconds, was posted to the senator’s YouTube account.

Within the first few seconds of the interview, Hannity asks Cruz about criticisms of then-President Donald Trump.

Cruz begins to answer but appears to have something in his throat, coughs and takes a sip of water from a plastic bottle.

No insect of any kind can be seen on Cruz’s face, nor does he swallow one.

“Take a sip of water,” Hannity says. “By the way, that’s your Marco Rubio moment.”

Hannity was referring to a 2013 incident on which Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was made fun of for drinking from a bottle of water while giving the official Republican response to then-President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

A six-second clip of Cruz “eating” an insect was shared to Reddit in 2020 and posted in. This is a brief summary.

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