Ted Cruz Embarrassed After Speech Loaded with Applause Points is Met with Silence from Audience (Video)

ted-cruz-no-applauseSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has turned his political career into nothing but a pathetic sideshow attraction.

As a Texan, it’s extremely depressing to see my state support such a babbling fool. I get that this is a “red state,” but even by Republican standards Cruz is an absolute joke. While he’s embraced by the tea party, he’s mostly shunned by the vast majority of the less crazy members of the GOP. In his short time in the Senate he’s easily become one of the most polarizing figures in all of government – and not in a good way.

Well, while giving a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Cruz absolutely embarrassed himself after several “applause points” were met with absolute silence by those in attendance.

For those who might be confused as to what the term “applause points” means, they’re basically points in a speech specifically meant to bring about a positive response from a crowd. While most politicians obviously use them, Cruz’s entire persona seems to be built on them.

“Five years ago reasonable minds could have differed on whether this was a good idea,” Cruz said of the Affordable Care Act. “But today, seeing millions of American who’ve lost their jobs, who’ve been forced into part time work, who’ve lost their heatlh care, who’ve lost their doctor, it is the essence of reasonableness, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge this thing isn’t working. We need to repeal it and start over.”


I guess Cruz didn’t get the memo that the IAFF supported the Affordable Care Act.

“Although we can’t agree on a lot of what he said, he’s certainly entitled to his point of view,” Guy Turner of Abilene, president of the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, said afterward. “It is time to focus your efforts on another argument, not the Affordable Care Act. The American people are going to pay for healthcare one way or another. Either through the Affordable Care Act or for those individuals who go uninsured and still receive treatment and don’t pay anything.”

But it wasn’t just his propaganda against the ACA that drew crickets. His radical attacks on the IRS, suggesting that it be completely abolished and the agents be sent to the border, were also met with silence from the crowd.

The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time Cruz has been embarrassed while giving a speech where the crowd wasn’t exactly thrilled with what he had to say.

This is what happens when a politician buys into his own lies. When someone like Cruz is speaking in front of a bunch of radical right-wing tea party voters who don’t care about truth, this is the sort of ridiculous speech that would have been a huge hit. But when he tried to pull this kind of nonsense in front of a group of people who actually care about facts, and have the ability to think rationally and for themselves, he was basically humiliated.

Watch part of his comments below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Karlheinz Groeger

    His 15 minutes of fame is wearing thin.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    He’s in Texas. Everyone in Texas is, of course, on his side. Uh, no. It’s a big state, Cruz. Lots of people. Even a lot of people who actually have brains. Not your usual crowd, pal.

    • jacjm313

      You managed to contradict your own statement.

      • MistressTime

        No, I think she said it well.

      • MaeScott

        Cathryn’s point makes good sense. He really thought his mess didn’t stink.

      • jacjm313

        Maybe I am mis-reading it?? “Everyone is on his side” then, “not your usual crowd”,, if so, I guess I missed the “uh, no” meaning. Sorry!!

  • bestfriend

    Ted, if you, or one of your mindless drones reads this let me just tell you that people don’t like you at all except for gross people who don’t think right.


    This idiot is an attorney and he said he introduced legislation to relieve anyone who takes up arms against the U.S. via jihad or as a terrorist of their citizenship. Do you mean to tell me he’s unaware that is already in place? Obviously he has no clue as to what is in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. His lies aren’t going over too well, to put it lightly, in regards to President Obama. STFU, Rafael. These people are NOT impressed with your b.s.!


    Hey Teddy, tell the audience how your Dad so loved the U.S. that he didn’t bother to become an American citizen until you decided to enter politics. Why did he live here for more than 40 years as a non-citizen???

  • GimmeSomeTruth

    Cruz is a plagiarist. He’s basically repeating items of David Koch’s 1980 platform. He should befriend Rodner Figueroa. They’ll make a cute couple.

  • He’s fine with the response, because very sadly he can hear the hooten and a holleran and repeated shouts of go ted go from his rabid broad base of support here in Texas from the majority of voting Texans.

    He knows they will not see a humiliation, but a brave fighter facing the “enemy” down in its own home.

    Rather than being an anomoly, Cruz accurately reflects mainstream lack of thought among Texas Republicans and they are very proud of their guy. 😐

  • MistressTime

    It looks like the wheels of the Congress’ dog and pony show are finally falling off the wagon. I hope to see more stories like this about more arrogant people who thought they were important only to come to find out they weren’t. Thought they were too smart for the rest of us and finally got their comeuppance.

  • Mainah

    He just gives off this cheesy, fake facade that just makes me want to shower after I listen to him because it feels like a film of ick.

  • GrFace

    “I get that this is a “red state,” but even by Republican standards Cruz is an absolute joke.”

    Can we stop pretending that he’s not supported by his party and is a “joke” by “Republican standards.” Moderates may be embarrassed by him, RINOs too. But the core leadership and their patrons that nominate, elect and fund them liked him enough to give him elevated status and not isolate him like they are trying to do with Palin for example. He is where he is because they supported him to these positions of leadership.

    It would be nice if people realized they picked a lemon so late in the game but nonetheless, he was a known quantity before the elections and the pre- and post-election chairmanship grabs. And his stances against “lefties” and such are going to give him credibility with his base unless he does something so stupid that they have to drop him and that would mean a major loss of face on behalf of the leadership as we approach 2016.

    My guess is that they’ll double down on him, maybe send him to a little charm school but otherwise blame the bad press on the left-coast media, scientific greenie-weenies and other bete-noirs to keep the party base energized.