WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg and other activists created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a billboard that will feature some of President Trump’s tweets against Ted Cruz.
- The group is working to prevent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in a tight race against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, from winning reelection.
- The Washington Post reported that the group hopes to have the truck-mounted mobile billboard on display in two weeks.
David Hogg, the Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist, helped in raising thousands to fund a billboard display of President Donald Trump’s tweets against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The group created a GoFundMe campaign titled “Texas against Ted Cruz” and raised $9,700 in less than 24 hours.
The project was launched to finance a mobile billboard of one or two of Trump’s tweets and move it to different areas in Texas to “maximize visibility and impact,” according to the GoFundMe post.
Cruz is running for Senate reelection against challenger Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
During the Republican presidential primary in 2016, then-candidate Trump repeatedly called Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump is now campaigning for Cruz as he fights to keep the majority of the Senate Republican after the midterm elections in November.
“We are planning to display the president’s own words about Cruz from 2016 on a mobile billboard, to remind Texans of the truth,” the GoFundMe post read. “Texans deserve better.”
Houston organizer Antonio Arellano and political activist Claude Taylor also promoted The GoFundMe campaign. USA Latinx, an advocacy group, helped organize the project.
The campaign was launched and ended the same day, Saturday, as it quickly overshot its $6,000 goal.
Supporters aim to have the truck-mounted mobile billboard running in two weeks, Arellano told The Washington Post. The billboard could be used for two Trump tweets, with one on each side. The group has not selected the route yet.
The Trump tweet that stood out for the group was the one where Trump was asking why Texans would support Cruz when he has done nothing for them.
“Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol!” Trump tweeted in 2016.
Hogg joked that it was hard to make a selection because there were so many—insulting tweets about Cruz by Trump—to choose from.
“Thank you POTUS,” Hogg tweeted.
In October, Trump is speaking at a rally for Cruz in the “biggest stadium in Texas we can find,” he tweeted Friday. He noted that Cruz now has his “complete and total endorsement.”
Source: Huff Post