Twitter Loses It After Ted Cruz Acknowledges Zodiac Killer Meme

During Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hearing at the Senate today, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) apologized for creating a distraction, noting that he had accidentally dumped a Dr. Pepper on his colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). This led to a little jokey back-and-forth between the two men on Twitter, culminating in Cruz’s account acknowledging the Zodiac Killer meme.

Just to recap, during the 2016 GOP presidential primary, a mock conspiracy theory picked up speed that Cruz was actually the unidentified serial killer claimed to have murdered 37 people in the late 1960s and ’70s. The meme gained enough traction that a Facebook page was created and Cruz’s wife actually had to answer a question about its veracity in May 2016.

With Cruz acknowledging the meme, folks on Twitter reacted. We had those who sighed with disappointment that the conservative lawmaker effectively killed the joke:

There was also the counter-take to those takes:

We had a fact-check:

There were references to the last viral story related to Cruz’s Twitter account:

And we had these other observations:

Meanwhile, Sasse looked like he wanted to keep the joke going while wrapping in Donald Trump’s previous claim that Cruz’s father may have been involved in the JFK assassination:

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