Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been widely mocked on social media after reacting to a CIA recruiting ad saying the agency has “come a long way from Jason Bourne,” the fictitious agent.
The Texas senator joined a chorus of conservative voices who criticized the CIA promotional video promoting diversity within the organization.
In the video, which is part of the “Humans of CIA” agency on her YouTube channel, a 36-year-old Latina describes herself as a “woman of color”, a “cisgender millennial” and an “intersectional”.
The clip, first uploaded in March, has recently gained traction on Twitter and has been widely criticized by conservatives, including Sen. Cruz, who asked what American rivals would do with the announcement.
Senator Cruz tweeted: “If you are a Chinese Communist, or an Iranian mullah, or Kim Jong-un … would that scare you?
“We’ve come a long way since Jason Bourne.”
But, referring to the agent created by novelist Robert Ludlum and made famous on screen by Matt Damon, Cruz opened the floodgates to the teasing of people who insisted that Jason Bourne is a fictional character.
A Twitter user posted: “Jason Bourne was so cool and real. Remember when Harrison Ford was POTUS in real life and threw this guy out of Air Force One?”
Another added, “Ted thinks Jason Bourne’s films were documentaries … wadding.”
A third mentioned Tom Clancy’s character, Jack Ryan, in a comment, which said, “Great point. Did you consider bringing in Jack Ryan to get the agency back in order?”
Other conservatives shared Cruz’s point of view and lambasted the CIA announcement, calling it “awakened” or doing little to instill fear in enemies of the United States.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist and commentator Dinesh D’Souza tweeted: “The CIA just released a recruiting video full of awakened propaganda and America’s enemies are laughing their heads off.”
Donald Trump Jr. echoed D’Souza and Cruz’s feelings about the announcement, saying it didn’t do much to instill fear in America’s enemies.
He posted: “China and Russia are laughing their asses off watching the CIA wake up completely.” Cisgender. ”“ Intersectional. It’s like @TheBabylonBee is handling CIA communications.
“If you think about it, the waking state is the kind of twisted PSYOP that a spy agency would invent to destroy a country from within.”
In the ad, the Latina woman said, “I’m a woman of color. I’m a mom. I’m a cisgender millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.”
She later said: “I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise … I did not sneak into the CIA. I earned my place and rose through the ranks. .
“I used to struggle with impostor syndrome. But at 36, I refuse to internalize the mistaken patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.”