Ted Cruz really steps in it this time: he said nice things about Nelson Mandela

Ted Cruz really steps in it this time: he said nice things about Nelson Mandela

by digby

So Ted Cruz wrote a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his Facebook page:
Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, 'Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.' Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.

We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.
Here is a sampling of the responses of his Facebook followers:
Tom Griffin
Sad to see you feel this way Ted. He was a terrorist. I guess you have only seen the Hollywood movies
Like · 80 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:23pm
7 replies
Derek Cranford
stunned to see you support this scumbag,Mr. Cruz...Mandela was a murderer, and a terrorist..not to mention a communist...
Like · 31 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:37pm
Mike Buescher
Mmmm... I found something I disagree with Cruz on.
Like · 29 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:25pm
George Taylor
sorry senator u be wrong on this one. He is nothing or was nothing but a criminal
Like · 26 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:26pm
2 replies
Dan Noxon
Why don't all you Mandela lovers head on over to South Africa and see what's going on now that "Mandela's people" have control of the nation. And no staying in palaces ala Sean Penn and other "entertainers" ... get out and mix with the people, experience what life is really like. Especially if you're white.
Like · 26 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:33pm
26 replies
Kris Smith
Senator Cruz, He was communist terrorist.
Like · 21 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:30pm
1 reply
Seliqua Bodina
you're joking, aren't you Mr. Cruz? how about we light up a South African necklace in his honor? wow you stepped in it this time.
Like · 19 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:38pm
Rob Kordelski
lets not forget his idol karl marx and his best friend gaur redebe....a communist. he is not the great hero that cnn says he is. he was a huge fan of jawa nehru who wanted indian independence sooo badly that he would've joined up with the nazis. yes lets all say sorry that this communist died. while we are at it lets send out condolences for when north korea's ruler dies too.....
Like · 19 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:34pm
Jeff Petersen
This would be the time to just stay silent on the subject. Mandela admitted to tossing grenades into school buses occupied by children and his wife was a proficient practitioner of the tire and gasoline combo around the necks of her victims...
Like · 36 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:24pm
7 replies
Bryan Smith
he was a commie terrorist
Like · 16 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:27pm
1 reply
Sasha Chamorro
Just look up "necklacing" (a form of murder endorsed by his wife at the time) to see what a fine man Mandela was.
Like · 15 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:32pm
André Augusto Custódio
Mandela was a communist trained by the Kgb who sings racial hate songs... And now, the South Africa is a worst country for both whites and blacks... this is the inspirations of americans conservative politicians?
Like · 33 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:38pm
Dusty Roop
Sorry Ted, I found something I disagree with you on. Mandella was a terrorist. Plain and simple. Hid regime was brutal. He was not a hero. You have listened to lies.
Like · 32 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:35pm
21 replies
Looney Floyd
he was an unrepentant terrorist
Like · 12 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:39pm
Philip Lanks
Just another shakedown artist. Goodbye bum.
Like · 12 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:25pm
2 replies
Bob Ciuffa
Mandela was a white hating killer and his wife continued his tradition. .including torture and immolation of enemies. With Rev. Tutu they tried to help the east Germans in Angola to invade and take over S. Africa. He remained tribal and killed other blacks not of his tribal affiliates. Honoring him is like honoring the Prince of Darkness
Like · 29 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:30pm
8 replies
Davidius Maximus
Nelson singing about killing white people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKiePbTcAfY
Mandela: Speaking to reporters after singing to kill whites

Like · 11 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:28pm
2 replies
Paul Emslie
Ted, I love ya, but you might want to do some research and delete your post on this one.
Like · 12 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:57pm
Randy Dietmeyer
I am sure there are some dyed-in-the-wool Marxists that love cute little puppies as well. I'm not gonna celebrate them either.
Like · 12 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:31pm
1 reply
Arran Hersey
I am disappointed in senator Cruz. Mandela was not a good human or a defender of freedom, he very much was an avowed communist.
Like · 12 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:27pm
John W Toewater
Ted, long before you were born, his reputation was the complete opposite. He was, in fact, a terrorist and a criminal, he persecuted and killed Zulus All the apartheid B S you hear in today's media, is all lies
And apparently one of his other major crimes was supporting women's rights:
He was also a huge supporter of abortion! Don't put him too high up! Careful Mr Cruz.
Like · 7 · Reply · Yesterday at 3:30pm
2 replies

Uhm...maybe not so much. My friend's post: I see that the convicted terrorist and abortion-lover Mandela has finally met the Maker whom he never acknowledged as far as I know.
Like · 4 · Reply · Yesterday at 4:47pm
That's the tip of the iceberg. There were a few people who agreed with Senator Cruz's words,or took issue with the comments but not many.

Who are these people?