Ted Cruz tries to regain his wit amidst the Burning Man mayhem after falling for a fake shark hoax

After Ted Cruz fell for the ‘Hurricane Shark' hoax during Tropical Storm Hilary, this time he wanted to let everyone know he was involved in the joke.

The Texas Senator and prolific content creator, shared a manipulated image On Tuesday, social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, is said to be showing a shark on a flooded highway near the Burning Man festival.

“Holy shit,” Mr. Cruz wrote along with a crossed thumbs emoji to show he was involved in the ruse.

The shark meme, which circulated in 2011, has become an infamous online prank known to most savvy social media users, but apparently not to Mr. Cruz.

Last month, after it was posted to X (formerly known as Twitter) during a tropical storm that caused widespread flooding in California, Mr. Cruz reposted the image and wrote, “holy shit.”

After being mocked for falling for the scam, the senator added, “I was told this was a joke. You never know in LA… And please everyone stay safe from the storm or other dangers.”

Amid the flooding, mud and mayhem that unfolded this year in the northern Nevada desert at Burning Man, hoaxes and conspiracy theories have been rife on social media.

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Ted Cruz is trying to save face after falling for the shark hoax meme during last month's Tropical Storm Hilary


“Hurricane Shark” first went viral in 2011 when Hurricane Irene devastated Puerto Rico.

In the twelve years since then, the image of a great shark swimming on a flooded highway has been stretched out and finally debunked during natural disasters.

Mr. Cruz has made a habit of falling for internet hoaxes lately.

On Aug. 27, he shared an image from X's End Wokeness account purporting to show that the Biden administration in Arizona had “welded open the Trump border wall.”

“This…is…crazy #BidenBorderCrisis,” he wrote.

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Community Notes, the crowdfunded fact-checking service, warned that the floodgates must open during the monsoon season.

Mr. Cruz has made neither a revocation nor a correction and the position remains.

“That a US Senator is gullible enough to keep falling for right-wing disinformation? Yeah, that's crazy,” commented historian Kevin Kruse.

Undeterred, Mr. Cruz days later reinforced a false claim circulating in the right-wing media that the Biden administration wanted to limit Americans to two beers a day.

In a performative interview with Newsmax, Mr. Cruz took a sip of beer and said, “If they want us to have two beers a week, they can honestly kiss my ass.”

“What about liberals and wanting to control every damn aspect of your life?”

Mr. Cruz was responding to a statement by Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, who said US alcohol consumption guidelines could change in 2025.