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Sen. Cruz Jokes About Sen. Sasse's Dr Pepper: 'He's Cut Off'

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Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Cheriss May/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:23 PM

Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, let off a little steam on Twitter on Wednesday after a tense exchange in the Upper Chamber, joking about a Dr Pepper ban and a long-running conspiracy theory about Cruz and the infamous Zodiac killer.

After a heated exchange between Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Sessions' contact with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign, Nebraska's Sasse apologized for a distraction during the questioning, CNN reported.

"I dumped a Dr Pepper on Sen. Cruz, so that was what was distracting us on this side of the dais," he said, CNN reported.

Cruz responded via Twitter, posting a joking ban on Sasse from the office fridge — generously stocked with Dr. Pepper, a favorite in the Lone Star state, where it was created in 1885.

One Twitter poster shot back they "might do worse" if they were "sitting with the son of the guy who killed Kennedy" – a reference to a 2016 campaign moment in which now-President Donald Trump made reference to a debunked conspiracy theory published in the National Enquirer that linked Cruz's father to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Sasse then retweeted that comment, adding: "full disclosure: i was wearing my 'Lee Harvey Oswald Was Framed' t-shirt."

To which Cruz responded with a series of zodiac symbols – an Internet meme that promotes the impossible conspiracy theory he has the never-apprehended Zodiac Killer.

The serial killer's last confirmed murder was in 1969; Cruz was born in 1970, The New York Times noted.

According to the Times, the meme-tracking website Know Your Meme noted that joking references to Cruz being the Zodiac killer date to at least 2013.

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After a tense exchange in the Senate, Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, let off a little steam on Twitter, joking about a Dr Pepper ban and a long-running conspiracy theory about Cruz and the infamous Zodiac killer.
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