In a headline that can only be attributed to the mess that is 2020, Senator Ted Cruz is trying to get actor Ron Perlman and Congressman Jim Jordan to settle a Twitter dispute with a wrestling match. Perlman, meanwhile, is trying to wrestle Cruz himself.
Last week, the United States soccer teams announced that they would repeal their policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. The rule was adopted in 2017 after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick.
In response, President Donald Trump, a long time critic of the movement that Kaepernick started, declared: "I won’t be watching much anymore!"
Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, also voiced his displeasure over the decision, writing: "I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t get to play under our flag as our national team if you won’t stand when it is raised."
In response to the criticism from the two men, actor Ron Perlman took to Twitter and wrote: "The US Soccer team called and you guessed it... said they couldn’t give any less of a f**k about what you two dipsh**s think."
That prompted a very long back and forth between Perlman and Gaetz over the weekend.
The dispute culminated in Perlman saying that Gaetz was "lucky" not to be the "ugliest politician walking." The actor included a photo of Republican Congressman Jim Jordan from Ohio and even tagged him.
Rep. Jordan doesn't seem to have responded to the insult yet.
But just to add even more politicians to the mix, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas decided to get involved.
"Listen Hellboy," Cruz wrote. "You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen. But I’ll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn’t last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ Jim Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?"
Yes, Ted Cruz just challenged Perlman to a wrestling match on behalf of Jim Jordan.
The actor responded by stating: "Wait, is this THEE Ted Cruz? Holy shit man! Is this the same guy let little Donnie call his wife A dog and his father an assassin and now kisses his ass? Yo, can I get your autograph man?"
Things got even weirder when Perlman suggested that Cruz and he should wrestle for $50,000.
He stated: "I tell you what teddy boy, since mentioning jim jordan and wrestling is... problematic, why don’t we say fuck him and just make it you & me. I’ll give 50k to Black Lives Matter and you can keep all the tax payer money you were thinking of spending."
Cruz responded by bringing Jim Jordan back into the picture.
"I get it, you’re rich. But, apparently, soft," Cruz wrote. You sure seem scared to wrestle Jordan (whom you keep insulting). Can’t take the heat? Need to get a manicure?"
And of course, Perlman responded.
The actor wrote: "Teddy, Teddy, what kind of a muthafucka offers to have another guy, probably asleep at the time, kick another guy’s ass?"
But now, people seem to be set on the idea of a wrestling match between Perlman and Cruz.
"Why is ted cruz offering up Jim Jordan to wrestle Ron Perlman," one user asked. "Like what the actual f**k."
Another added: "This is so Ted Cruz: He challenged Ron Perlman to wrestle somebody else and when Perlman said, I'll wrestle YOU, he called him 'soft.'"
This could be the pay per view event of the century.