Ted Cruz Leaves Twitter Executive Speechless by Asking if Mother Teresa Is Now Deemed ‘Hate Speech’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had a public policy director of Twitter speechless when he flat-out asked if Mother Teresa is now considered “hate speech.”

During Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary subcommittee, the Republican senator pointed to a censored tweet of a quote from Mother Teresa, saying that “it’s not just political, it’s also ideological”:

“There have been multiple instances of, in particular, pro-life groups being disfavored. For example, here is a tweet that says that ‘abortion is profoundly anti-women,’ and it’s a quote from Mother Teresa, and this tweet was blocked. Now, it is fairly remarkable that Mother Teresa is now deemed hate speech.”

Although he didn’t offer evidence¬†of the quote being censored on Facebook, Cruz stunned both Twitter’s Carlos Monje Jr. and Facebook’s Neil Potts by asking, “Do either of you agree with the proposition that Mother Teresa is issuing hate speech?”

Below is the tweet that is no longer censored:

After roughly 12 seconds of silence, Monje Jr. eventually tried to dodge the question. He instead opted to say the Twitter account, belonging to Susan B. Anthony List’s president Marjorie Dannenfelser, is “in good standing on our platform.”

“You’re very good at not answering questions,” Cruz remarked in response. “Is this hate speech?”

“Every tweet has context behind it,” the Twitter chief responded.

Cruz directly asked Potts if it’s “hate speech.”

“I don’t believe this is on our site, but looking at that quote right now […] that would not be in violation of our policies,” the Facebook rep responded.

During the committee hearing, the Texas senator explained that the committee would be following up on whether or not there’s “disparate treatment” in the blocking of pro-life groups on Twitter.

Watch the video below:

The hearing was called to investigate if there is political bias at the two large social media companies.

“One of my favorite parts: when Twitter rep couldn’t say why Twitter treated quote from Mother Teresa as hate speech!” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted in response to the hearing.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated for clarity after publication.

Published in IJR Red


  1. Political bias must exist—I have read and heard complaints about it for decades. Of course I heard Obama’s BC wasn’t authentic for 8 years and that turned out to be a hoax. I am still hearing decades later that in 1998 Gore said he “invented the internet” and that is also not accurate. We currently live in a world where if what we hear is what we wish to believe, it is not a lie. The curse of Interesting times.

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