According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, Ted Cruz’s attempts at humor during a speech to some Texas firefighters didn’t go over so well. As a matter of fact, he totally bombed.
In an amazingly cringe-inducing video, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) didn’t see to appreciate Cruz’s jokes during his 30-minute speech at their conference in Dallas on Tuesday.
From the Dallas Morning News:
One applause line after another – when he’s addressing a friendly group of conservatives – drew dead silence Tuesday morning at the International Association of Firefighters Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum.
Repeal “executive amnesty.” The joke about the Texas definition of gun control (“hitting what you aim at”). Silence.
Abolish the IRS? Crickets. Though the follow-up– a joke about sending all those IRS agents to the U.S.-Mexico border — drew scattered chuckles.
With a friendly audience like the one Cruz enjoyed at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month, those lines are surefire winners.
The senator’s effort to tailor his broadside on Obamacare for the union audience – IAFF is part of the AFL-CIO — didn’t pay off, either.
Watch footage from Cruz’s speech below, via MSNBC: