The Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye, demanded that government shutdown engineer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) apologize for a joke he cracked about “Nigerian email scammers” built Healthcare.gov website, Politico reports.
Ambassador Ade Adefuye told Politico that Cruz’s remark “disappointed and shocked” Nigerians. “We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said.
“It is unfair of any senator to essentially use citizens that are law abiding, to use Nigerians as cannon fodder,” Adefuye said. “We recognize that we have efforts on the part of Sen. Cruz to appeal to some animus in his domestic base. In the course of doing that, to allow him to ridicule a country and its citizens is completely over the top. He should not denigrate Nigerians in order to appease these domestic constituents.”
Cruz made the comment at his “Welcome Home” speech in Houston on Monday.
“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.” Source: Talking Points Memo
Sen. Ted Cruz mention of Nigeria fits in quite nicely with the hateful birther rhetoric we were subjected to during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. If anyone is running a scam on the American people, it’s Sen. Ted Cruz.