- Senator Ted Cruz raised more than $US125 ($161),000 ($161,255) selling signed copies of “Green Eggs and Ham.”
- Cruz said he was autographing the books to fight back against the “cancel culture mob.”
- “Lefties are losing their minds,” he said on Twitter.
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A donation site run by Ted Cruz was raising money by selling copies of “Green Eggs and Ham,” which were signed by the senator.
“Lefties are losing their minds that I’m signing & sending copies of Green Eggs and Ham to anyone who donates $US60 ($77) or more,” the Texas senator said on Twitter late Friday. “We’ve raised $US125k in just 24 hours!”
If all buyers gave the minimum $US60 ($77) donation, Cruz would have to put his signature in more than 2,000 copies of the book. On Twitter, he said the “hand-wringing” of his political opponents likely led to high sales of the signed books. Cruz’s team was positioning the sales as an effort to fight back against the “cancel culture mob.”
A blurb on one of the senator’s donation pages read: “Stand with Ted & Dr. Seuss against the cancel culture mob to claim your signed copy of Green Eggs and Ham.” The books would take between six and eight weeks to arrive, according to the site.
Earlier this month, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would cease publication of six of his books. The company, which oversees the author’s estate, said the books, including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo,” contained racist and offensive imagery.
The author’s most famous books, including “Green Eggs and Ham,” were not among those that would cease publication.
Cruz and others jumped to the defense of Dr. Seuss, saying the author had fallen victim to “cancel culture.” That seemed to result in a buying spree that sent popular Dr. Seuss books to the top of Amazon’s bestseller charts, although the books that would no longer be published were not among the top sellers.
Cruz has long held “Green Eggs and Ham” in high esteem.
In 2013, he spent hours speaking on the Senate floor during a filibuster against President Barack Obama’s health care plan, the Affordable Care Act. He started talking at about 2:30pm, and about six hours later, he paused to read the book as a bedtime story to his daughters, who were watching at home.
“It was my favorite story when I was a kid,” he said. He also loved reading it to his daughters, he added.
Cruz’s spirited reading was captured by C-SPAN 2, and it’s available here.