Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday attempted to attack Kevin Bacon simply because the actor shared a video of the senator’s opponent giving his thoughts on NFL players who protest during the National Anthem.
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, running to replace Cruz, recently explained why he is fine with players who take a knee; the video now has more than 12 million views.
Multiple public figures have shared the video of O’Rourke discussing his thoughts on the topic that has become a hotly debated subject in the country, which President Donald Trump has stoked on several occasions.
Cruz went after Bacon for merely sharing the video.
“Most Texans stand for the flag, but Hollywood liberals are so excited that Beto is siding with NFL players protesting the national anthem that Kevin Bacon just retweeted it. That means all of us us can now win Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon!” Cruz tweeted.
The debate over players protesting African-American injustices rages on with Trump on Wednesday sending a petition through his campaign to supporters demanding ESPN air the anthem during Monday Night Football. The network typically doesn’t air that portion of the pregame and won’t again this year.
Trump has made the protest topic one of his primary talking points on social media and at his rallies, going so far as to call any player who takes a knee a “son of a bitch” and saying those athletes should be fired.
Last season, the league and the NFL Players Association supported the athletes’ right to peacefully protest.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick famously took a knee on the sidelines near the end of his time with the San Francisco 49ers.>