As Ted Cruz lost to GOP presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump in five states on Tuesday, he continued campaigning. He was working the people of Indiana when he held a rally Tuesday night in the gym where the iconic movie “Hoosiers” was made in the past, according to the Indy Star on Wednesday morning. However, he pathetically failed in his attempt to bond with those people of Indiana who were present. More than that, he has reminded many persons that he is truly a Canadian.
Indiana is a huge basketball state. It is just as much a basketball state as his alleged home state of Texas is a football state. Yet incredibly, he showed his obvious lack of knowledge and interest in Indiana’s favorite sport by proving that he knows little to nothing about it.
Cruz actually called a basketball hoop a “basketball ring.” And if you think that wasn’t a big deal to Hoosiers – the people of Indiana – you’re wrong. Social media reacted to his awkwardness and let him know that he definitely let the people of Indiana know that he apparently has little interest in their favorite pastime. He actually said as he referred to a basketball hoop in the gymnasium:
The amazing this is, that basketball ring in Indiana. It’s the same height as it in New York City and every other place in this country.
The most blistering comment may have come from ‘Jim’ on YouTube who wrote:
What do you want? Calling a hoop a ring. He’s Canadian!
And another commenter named ‘Bee Cee’ chimed in and wrote:
He’s a true Canadian!
Again, as social media and even local media in Indiana pointed out, that thing Cruz referred to has never been called a basketball ring in the state of Indiana by its throngs of basketball fanatics. Like most everywhere else on the planet, it’s called a basketball hoop.
Comments on Twitter, in particular, were quick to point out that Cruz is anything but a Hoosier at heart with that gaffe. Will McAvoy messaged, “Did Ted Cruz just call it a basketball ring? In Indiana?” He went on to ask if Cruz is going to say he is looking forward to seeing the NASCARs run in the Indy 500 next. There were hundreds of likes and retweets to the comment so far.
Matt Glenesk blatantly responded to the “basketball ring” gaffe by commenting that this is how Cruz hands a victory to Donald Trump. Fact is that Indiana has yet to have its presidential contest and Indiana is now considered the state that Trump must win to take the nomination and avoid a brokered convention. That’s why Cruz is there, but apparently doing gaffe-able damage to himself. Trump, after winning five more states in the election process for Republican delegates on Tuesday, has gotten close enough that he could now become the nominee for the Republican Party. In fact, Trump has already called himself the presumptive nominee though pundits believe that label is premature – but won’t be if he should win Indiana.
Again, Indiana is a pivotal state for Trump to win and for the Cruz-Kasich team to lose, and Cruz is blowing it with ignorance of the state’s favorite pastime. He might want to do his homework before he holds another rally at an iconic location in Indiana to schmooze the voters – so that it won’t show how non-Indiana-like he truly is. As JCSourwine wrote on Twitter after the gaffe went viral, “Ted Cruz called a basketball hoop a basketball ring and the Pacers immediately collapsed!”
As Fox News said on Wednesday morning, “So much hoopla: Ted Cruz’s ‘basketball ring’ gaffe irks Hoosiers!” Indeed, it has. It’s totally unlike a Hoosier to dislike basketball and to know nothing about it.