Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) joked that Democrats would “ban barbecue” across the state should they win the elections this November.
“When I got here someone told me that even PETA was protesting and giving out barbecued tofu, so I got to say, they summed up the entire election: If Texas elects a Democrat, they’re going to ban barbecue across the state of Texas,” he said to the crowd in Columbus, Texas, according to Austin American-Statesman.
The Texas senator then went on to thank People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“You want to talk about an issue to mobilize the people, and I’m talking everybody,” Cruz said, according to the newspaper.
“So I want to thank PETA, and I do want to tell PETA you’re going to have to disclose to the [Federal Election Commission] that by coming and protesting and giving away tofu, that you have given an in-kind contribution to my campaign by demonstrating just how bad things can get.”
The Hill added:
Cruz is facing a tough reelection battle against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D).
According to a recent poll conducted by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth and Dixie Strategies, Cruz and O’Rourke are neck and neck in the race, with the Republican leading his challenger by only 4 points, within the margin of error.