The Texas senator was caught on camera appearing to nod off Wednesday night as he sat in the House Chamber of the Capitol where Biden spoke of his administration’s first 100 days in office and his plans for America’s future.
The moment came more than one hour into Biden’s address where he was talking about his administration’s plans to reform immigration.
Immigration has been a recent hot topic to the Texas lawmaker, as he has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of the Biden administration’s handling of the influx of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in recent months.
But, despite his apparent interest in the issue, Cruz didn’t manage to stay focused on the urgency of it.
Ted Cruz was struggling to keep his eyes open during Joe Biden’s first address to Congress
‘If you actually want to solve a problem, I’ve sent a bill. Take a close look at it,’ Biden said on the matter.
The camera panned around to Cruz whose eyes seemed heavy, shutting for a brief moment before he opened them again.
It appeared Cruz did miss Biden’s comments at that moment, as he later fumed on Fox News that the president had not addressed immigration.
‘He provided zero solutions to the crisis at the border that he caused, he pretended it didn’t exist,’ he told Hannity after the address.
Social media users were quick to comment on the moment, with many questioning if the Republican was dreaming of Cancun.
Cruz famously abandoned his state and jetted off on a holiday to Cancun back in February at the height of a power crisis.
Millions of people were left without heat and water for days due to a devastating winter storm.
At least 111 people died in the winter storm, most from hypothermia after struggling without power for days, the Department of State Health Services said last month.
His actions disgusted Texans left struggling to survive with no help from the man they elected to Congress and, amid the backlash, Cruz turned around less than 24 hours after he jetted off.
The Texas senator was caught on camera appearing to nod off Wednesday night as he sat in the House Chamber of the Capitol where Biden spoke of his administration’s first 100 days in office and his plans for America’s future
He claimed he was trying to be a ‘good dad’ and admitted he made a ‘mistake’ but has faced calls to resign over the scandal since.
Several memes popped up on Twitter Wednesday night, mocking the senator and suggesting he was dreaming of his February vacation.
‘Sleepy Ted, dude you seriously need a Cancun vacay….,’ one person tweeted.
‘of course you wouldn’t remember any of Joe’s speech. You were sleeping and dreaming of Cancun,’ wrote another.
Another person nicknamed him ‘Ted Snuz’ while Democratic politician Julian Castr said he was ‘asleep on the job as usual.’
Others pointed out the irony that Republicans – led by Donald Trump – repeatedly tried to brand Biden ‘sleepy Joe.’
‘It’s past bedtime for Sleepy Ted Cruz. This is the same guy who calls President Joe Biden Sleepy Joe,’ one person tweeted.
Cruz managed to recover from his nap to appear on Fox News’ Sean Hannity following the address where he lamented Biden’s ‘boring but radical’ speech.
‘I think the speech tonight, you could sum up three words: boring but radical,’ he said.
‘The speech by design was calm and dulcet tones.’
The senator then questioned if anyone could remember a ‘single line’ of the president’s ‘monotone’ address.
Social media users were quick to comment on the moment, with many questioning if the Republican was dreaming of Cancun
Ted Cruz pictured at the airport headed on his now infamous Cancun trip as he abandoned his state for a vacation in the midst of a winter storm and power crisis
‘You know I challenge you to remember a single line from the speech,’ he said.
‘It was monotone, the chamber was nearly empty, and that really has characterized the first 100 days of Joe Biden, that he’s tried to say nothing notable, he’s tried to tweet nothing notable.
‘I think he’s made the political decisions that many people were tired of the drama of the previous four years, and they wanted something calm.’
Cruz then accused Biden of ‘deliberately being boring’ in his delivery while he called the substance of his speech ‘radical’.
‘This is the most radical first hundred days of any president in the history of this country,’ he said, hitting out at Biden’s plans to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
‘This makes Barack Obama look mild and moderate. You look at what Joe Biden stood up there tonight and said, he said, number one we’re raising taxes, we’re raising every tax,’ he said.
Others pointed out the irony that Republicans – led by Donald Trump – repeatedly tried to brand Biden ‘sleepy Joe’
‘If you pay taxes in America, your taxes are going up. He said they’re going to raise individual income taxes, they’re going to raise corporate income taxes, they’re going to raise taxes on small businesses, they’re going to raise capital gains taxes, they’re going to raise the death tax. Every tax is going up and it’s to the tune of trillions of dollars.’
Biden laid out his plan Wednesday to raise taxes on the top 0.3 percent of American income earners but said he would not increase the burden on the middle class.
‘Look, I’m not out to punish anyone. But I will not add to the tax burden of the middle class of this country,’ Biden said.
Biden said there were ‘good guys and women on Wall Street – but Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built the country. And unions built the middle class.’
Cruz told Hannity ‘it was an unapologetic partisan speech’ without the ‘tiniest fig leaf of an outreach to the other side.’
‘Tonight It was a hundred days ago he gave his inauguration, where he talked about unity, he talked about common ground, all that was gone today,’ he said, adding that the night’s agenda was set by ‘radicals and socialists’ Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and AOC.’
Cruz later told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Biden’s ‘monotone’ speech was ‘boring but radical’
He added: ‘This was a frightening speech, and it was a frightening speech masquerading in really boring tones.’
At one hour and six minutes, Biden’s address was one of the longest of a president’s first address to Congress.
Donald Trump’s came in at 60 minutes, Barack Obama’s at 51 minutes and George W. Bush at 49 minutes.
In it, the president was optimistic about the future of America saying the nation was ‘on the move again’ as he praised the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
‘Now – after just 100 days – I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,’ Biden said, adding that the US is now ‘turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.’
He boasted of his administration’s success in beating his goal of 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days saying the real figure was more than double.
‘We’re vaccinating the nation. We’re creating hundreds of thousands of jobs,’ he said.
‘We’re delivering real results people can see and feel in their own lives.’
Joe Biden held his first address to Congress at the US Capitol Wednesday night
Biden also took aim at his predecessor saying he had ‘inherited a nation in crisis’ with the pandemic and calling the January 6 Capitol riot the ‘worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.’
He touted his plans to spend $2.3 trillion on his infrastructure plan and another $1.8 trillion for his ‘American Families Plan,’ saying the American system of government is at stake.
‘We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works and we can deliver for our people,’ he said.
Biden insisted he would help end the ‘exhaustive war’ on immigration by giving 11 million migrants a path to citizenship and urging Congress to pass legislation to make the border more secure.
He also spoke of racial justice one week on from the conviction of white ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd and called on Congress to pass the police reform bill and to also help root out systemic racism in housing, education and public health.
‘We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black America,’ Biden said. ‘Now is our opportunity to make real progress.’