Ted Cruz is in another Twitter spat, this time with "Star Wars" actress Daisy Ridley.
The Texas Republican U.S. senator took to Twitter earlier this month to defend Gina Carano, who lost her role on the popular Disney+ series "The Mandalorian" over her controversial social media posts.
"Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi," tweeted Cruz, referring to Ridley’s Jedi-in-training Rey.
Cruz added that Carano's character, Cara Dune, "played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her."
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Cruz's diss was brought to Ridley's attention Tuesday during her interview with Yahoo Entertainment. The "Star Wars" actress said she wasn't aware of Cruz's tweet, but didn't hesitate to respond.
"I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn’t leave their state when it’s having a terrible time," Ridley told the outlet.
Ridley was referring to Cruz's highly controversial decision to fly to Mexico as Texas was weathering the aftermath of a deadly winter storm that left millions without power or running water in freezing temperatures. Cruz said his daughters had requested a trip somewhere warm after they lost power and school was canceled.
At least one person did appreciate Cruz's sentiments. Carano responded to his tweet, writing, "Thank you Ted."
Carano received backlash online earlier this month for sharing a series of incendiary social media posts and memes mentioning Jeffrey Epstein and comparing conservatives in the U.S. to Holocaust victims. Lucasfilm later confirmed to USA TODAY that Carano would no longer star in "The Mandalorian."
In a statement on Feb. 11, Lucasfilm said it didn't currently employ Carano and there were no plans for her to be in future episodes of "The Mandalorian." Lucasfilm simultaneously denounced Carano's posts as denigrating people's cultural and religious identities, calling them abhorrent and unacceptable.
Carano was a frequent guest star on "The Mandalorian" since the first season, with Dune often helping the title character (played by Pedro Pascal) on his mission to keep Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) safe from Imperial forces hunting the tiny alien creature.
She has since been hired by The Daily Wire, co-founded by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, to produce and star in an upcoming film.
Contributing: Brian Truitt, Christal Hayes
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Daisy Ridley fires back at Ted Cruz's defense of Gina Carano