It’s Come to This: Nigerians Now Complaining About Ted Cruz Joke

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Apparently, Ted Cruz Derangement Syndrome isn’t limited to Democrats and the media.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) comment Monday tying Nigerian email scammers to the rocky rollout of ObamaCare has upset some members of the Nigerian community in Texas.

According to the ABC News-affiliate in Houston, Texas, Nigerians are not happy with how Cruz portrayed them.

Cruz took a stab at the ObamaCare unveiling at a Tea Party rally earlier this week.

“Have you all noticed, you know the Nigerian email scammers? They’ve been a lot less active lately, because they’ve all been hired to run the Obamacare websites,” he said.

Heh. Pretty good joke. But hey, those Nigerians can be a touchy bunch at times.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists Nigerian Letter, more commonly “419,” is one of the most common fraud schemes. Some Nigerians still found Cruz’s comment offensive.

“I’m not too sure of the motive behind that. But anyway, the statement has been made, and it has a devastating effect in the mind of Nigerians because we don’t want to identify the country with anything negative. I’m not saying all Nigerians are perfect,” Pastor Felix Awotula of the Redeemed Christian Church of God told the ABC affiliate.



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7 Responses to “It’s Come to This: Nigerians Now Complaining About Ted Cruz Joke”

  1. gastorgrab on 24/24/13 at 10:03 am

    Are these Nigerians, or Americans?

    It was my understanding that Nigerians reside in Nigeria

  2. Meshack Anthony Idehen on 24/24/13 at 1:25 pm

    A tree does not make a forest,neither does some few Nigerian email scammers constitute the majority of Nigerians,most of whom are god fearing,hardworking and reliable,including my humble self. For me,the senator,s comments were out of place and highly unbecoming of a united states senator. This is the type of legislator that can folishly dran a country to war,or cause harm to its innocent citizens living overseas who may have to bear the brunt of the senator,s childish comments. Mr Cruz should go sort his partisan differences with his president and democratic opponents and leave a people alone. Are there not American scammers by the way? My own researc has shown that 70 percent of all scam succeed due to collaboration from inside,including from Americans.

  3. Paul on 26/26/13 at 5:30 am

    A lot of the Nigerians here in South Africa are hip deep in dealing heroin and crystal meth, prostitution, human trafficking and white collar scams such as the “classic” 419 scam, identity theft, documentation fraud and so on. Almost *ALL* of them are here as “political refugees” Pffftttttt! Sure…more likely refugees from the law!