Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt at humor regarding this week's devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral fell flat Wednesday, as indicated by the massive pushback his comment received on Twitter.
The Texas Republican tweeted this two days after the fire, which caused the structure's roof to collapse and destroyed the main spire:
"Wonderful! Will we see Disney princesses in the new stained glass?"
Cruz was responding to another tweet that reported Disney has pledged to donate $5 million to the fund that will help Paris rebuild the cathedral.
Judging by the responses Cruz got, however, the joke did not go over so well.
Here's a small sampling of reactions:
Author and former Democratic candidate for Congress Rob Anderson:
"Dear Senator Cruz, You’re not amusing. Signed, Everyone."
CNN reporter Betsy Klein:
"Did a Cruz daughter hack this account"
Former Democratic candidate for Congress Dr. Dena Grayson:
"In your sick dreams, @TedCruz.🤬"
Another Twitter user told Cruz, "you are pure evil."
Another wrote, "This is the grossest tweet we’ve ever seen on this site."
Said another Twitter user, "imagine taking a genuinely good thing and then making the world's stupidest, most insensitive statement to commend it."
One Twitter user who claims to be a Parisian wrote,
"I am a born & bred Parisian who watched sobbing the fire of Notre Dame. Just wanted to let you know the stained glass was spared by the fire (as you can see from this picture taken after the disaster). But now that I am here, I realise that you would make a perfect gargoyle."
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