Sen. Ted Cruz stepped out with a fresh haircut on Friday, and the bold new look quickly became an internet sensation.
Spotted: Cruz, a Texas Republican, was seen sporting the mullet-like do as he left a meeting with President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers in the U.S. Capitol.
The reaction: Cruz’s haircut sparked a flurry of reactions from news outlets, social media commenters, and even garnered a mention on “Weekend Update,” “Saturday Night Live’s” news parody segment.
“Weekend Update” host Colin Jost said Cruz’s hairstyle made him look like “he’s selling fireworks out of the back of an El Camino.”
Some Twitter users likened Cruz to Kenny Powers, the fictional protagonist of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.”
Others mocked the Texas Republican as a bumpkin.
And some commenters went even further:
Many of Cruz’s critics couldn’t help but politicize the issue:
But some of Cruz’s detractors offered begrudging praise.
In the headlines: Cruz’s style choices weren’t the only reasons he was making waves in recent weeks.
- The Texas lawmaker faced heavy backlash for taking a plane to Cancun, Mexico for a family vacation on Wednesday night, amid a severe weather crisis in the Lone Star state, whose residents have endured widespread power outages and rare freezing temperatures.
- Cruz returned to the U.S. after just twenty four hours and on Thursday issued a statement apologizing for the “mistake.”
- “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz told reporters. “I was trying to be a dad and all of us have made decisions, when you have two girls who have been cold for two days and haven’t had heat or power and they’re saying, ‘Hey look, we don’t have school, let’s get out of here.'”