Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds up a copy of the Mueller report as he questions Attorney General William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As I wrote this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took time out of holiday festivities on Thursday to provide some additional context for a provocative tweet sent out out by former NFL QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick.

To recap, Kaepernick quoted a portion of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech about Independence Day. Just reading the singular quote alone, someone who hadn’t read the full speech or who otherwise didn’t understand Douglass’s legacy would get the impression that he didn’t like his country very much:

Sen. Cruz saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and decided to add some much-needed context:

After noting the quote Kaepernick used was taken out of context, Cruz spent one tweet providing some background on the speech and when it was given, and then sent several tweets quoting directly from the speech. He concluded by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context.

Cruz providing additional information and direct quotes for Twitter users to digest when considering Douglass’s words did not sit well at all with New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who wrote a sneering note to the Senator in response:

Cruz fired back not long after, and I could swear I heard a “boom!” somewhere off in the distance:

Why specifically did Gay take off after Cruz over his series of tweets? Not just because she’s a fan of Douglass’s, but also because she digs Kaepernick – which she made clear in this photo she tweeted out July 4th, about 20 minutes after Kaepernick’s post:

That explains quite a bit.

Update – 7:05 pm: Gay replied back to Cruz’s tweet. His quote RT response to it is below:

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