Considering the clout and office of Cruz and Sasse, the exchange was weird and extremely humorous and in a light not usually shown by Washington DC politicos.
Cruz was criticized after his account liked a pornographic tweet several weeks ago. He blamed the social media faux paus on a staffing issue.
Last year he revealed his comedic skills when he suggested a regular basketball game for senators to get to know each other better; Cruz had a rough reputation as an agitator since he came to the Senate and was working to build camraderie, especially with fellow Republicans.
When Deadspin asked for photos of him playing basketball, doubting he ever played the game, the senator replied to the site on Twitter with a photo of Duke guard Grayson Allen and the text, “What do I win?”. Allen is yet another person whose likeness to Cruz was a hot online subject, as was Allen’s controversial reputation after he tripped several opponents during last year’s college basketball season.
While most enjoyed the senator’s clever riposte, the then Gawker-owned Deadspin tweeted back an epithet at Cruz.