Authentic C-SPAN footage shows Cruz appearing to nod off during Biden’s speech. While Cruz did not directly confirm that he dozed during the speech, he did tacitly acknowledge it when he retweeted the video clip and did not attempt to correct the record.
C-SPAN’s cameras cut to Cruz and showed him appearing to doze off. His eyelids dropped repeatedly, and in one instance his eyes appeared to roll back into his head. The particular moment can be seen here:
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) April 29, 2021
Cruz later acknowledged the moment, not by directly addressing the claims that he was dozing off, but by focusing his remarks on Biden’s speech. In a statement shared by his communications advisor Steve Guest, Cruz said, “For the millions of Americans who found something better to do tonight than listen to Joe Biden outline his socialist vision for our country, I can summarize his speech in three words for you: boring, but radical.”
Sen. Ted Cruz’s Statement on Biden’s Joint Address to Congress:
“For the millions of Americans who found something better to do tonight than listen to Joe Biden outline his socialist vision for our country, I can summarize his speech in three words for you: boring, but radical.” pic.twitter.com/EGa1NGADOl
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 29, 2021
Cruz also quote tweeted the clip of himself dozing off with the hashtag #BoringButRadical.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 29, 2021
Many reacted to Cruz’s dozing off with mockery, but some conservatives praised him:
Ted Cruz literally falling asleep in Biden speech
He is all of us pic.twitter.com/18Lpo8EDPp
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 29, 2021
Ted Cruz is sleeping as soundly now as he did in the Ritz Carlton while Texans were freezing to death.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 29, 2021
Ted Cruz has been roused from his slumber and is on with Hannity pic.twitter.com/kbyuilzvcT
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 29, 2021
Biden’s speech marked the first 100 days of his presidency and outlined a plan to expand social programs, combat climate change, increase taxes on the wealthy to finance college education, overhaul the immigration system, among other things.
Cruz did not directly admit to dozing off during Biden’s speech, but given his tacit acknowledgment by continuously calling Biden’s speech “boring,” alongside tweeting out the clip itself without correcting its description, we rate this claim as “True.”