Fact check: Image claiming to show 2016 Ted Cruz tweet on climate change and Texas is fabricated – USA TODAY
The claim: In 2016, Ted Cruz tweeted, ‘I’ll believe in climate change when Texas freezes over’
After Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun, Mexico, as his home state dealt with an unprecedented winter storm, an image went viral purporting to show a tweet on climate change made by the Republican in 2016.
The post claims the tweet was sent at 5:44 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2016, and the profile picture and blue checkmark seen in the image matches the one displayed on Cruz’s official Twitter profile.
“There’s always a tweet,” one Facebook user wrote in a post that has more than 400 shares. “This 2016 Ted Cruz Tweet did not age well, and it has also frozen solid,” another user wrote Feb. 19 in a post with more than 800 shares.
USA TODAY was unable to reach the Facebook users who shared the image for comment.
No evidence of tweet
There is no record of the tweet on ProPublica’s Politwoops database that tracks deleted tweets by elected officials.
Steve Guest, a communication adviser for Cruz, confirmed to Factcheck.org in an email that the tweet is fabricated. USA TODAY was unable to reach Cruz’s office for comment.
Cruz on climate change
The Republican senator has denied that climate change exists on multiple occasions and claimed that there is no scientific evidence to support global warming.
“Climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory for a big government politician who wants more power,” Cruz told NPR in 2015. “Why? Because it is a theory that can never be disproven.”
Cruz has repeatedly argued that there has been “no significant warming whatsoever for the last 18 years,” based on data from satellites, The Washington Post reported in 2016.
Our rating: False
The claim that Ted Cruz tweeted, “I’ll believe in climate change when Texas freezes over” is FALSE, based on our research. There is no evidence of the tweet on his Twitter pages or archived versions of them, and his office confirmed that it is fabricated. Cruz has made statements questioning climate change.
Our fact check sources:
- Sen. Ted Cruz, accessed Feb. 21, personal Twitter page
- Sen. Ted Cruz, accessed Feb. 21, official Twitter page
- Politwoops, Oct. 19, 2012, Deleted Tweets From Ted Cruz, R-Texas
- Web archive, Sept. 16, 2016, Ted Cruz Twitter page
- Web archive, Sept. 12, 2016, Ted Cruz Twitter page
- USA TODAY, Jan. 16, Fact check: Fake tweet used to claim AOC called for a ‘purge’ of conservatives
- USA TODAY, Jan. 11, Fact check: Barack Obama tweet about Donald Trump’s Twitter ban is fake
- Factcheck.org, Feb. 19, Viral Posts Attribute Fake Tweet to Cruz
- NPR, Dec. 9, 2015, Scientific Evidence Doesn’t Support Global Warming, Sen. Ted Cruz Says
- The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2016, Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming. Here’s the problem
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