The Texas Republican responded to Friday’s announcement with this post:
Critics went to bat for the team:
wait I thought businesses were free to make their own decisions free of government meddling
— Karl Bode (@KarlBode) July 23, 2021
Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous.
— napacab (@napacab) July 23, 2021
Maybe focus on policy-making, your constituents’ needs, literally ANYTHING in your job description, rather than this???
— Wit Beyond Measure ⚡️ (@WitBeyondHP) July 23, 2021
Imagine if Ted Cruz was even a fraction as concerned about his own state as he is about Ohio and Georgia and Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin and California and
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 23, 2021
I admit the new name isn't as catchy as the Cancun Cruzs pic.twitter.com/FBq6zPcQtU
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) July 23, 2021
It's not that MLB hates Indians - it's that "Americans" dislike racism.
RepubliQans don't - but Americans do.
— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022 (@Judson4Congress) July 23, 2021
There is a team named after jazz music in Salt Lake City, and two teams named after socks.
— Kent Straith, Who Would Never Ever Do A Coup (@kstraith) July 23, 2021
Is this what a Senator does all day?
— Gerald Long (@crazypoliticos) July 23, 2021
Why are you (the federal government) trying to meddle in the decisions of a local business? https://t.co/dkVpYAU9jv
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 23, 2021
Yeah changing a name to eliminate its racial overtones can only be driven by a hatred for that race, totally agree Rafael
— Harry (@DocEgonSpengler) July 23, 2021
Great point Ted it's like Cleveland decided to just abandon them and go to Cabo while their city was suffering and then blamed it on their daughters
— Miguel Jose (@migueljose_85) July 23, 2021
Extremely good use of your time, Senator
— Collin Reischman (@CMReischman) July 23, 2021
Because they didn't honor native Americans, they cartooned and stereotyped them. https://t.co/KKv0rzrOM9
— Nick Weig (@tbweig) July 23, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.