Friday, October 25, 2013

Ted Cruz's 'Nigerian Email Scammers' Joke Angers Nigerians

Ted Cruz’s Nigerian email scammers joke is not that funny. A Nigerian-American organization wants the Texas Republican to apologize for comments he made Monday.
Ted Cruz's 'Nigerian Email Scammers' Joke

“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz said at a gathering with supporters in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website,” he joked.

But the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, also known as CANAN, isn’t laughing. The group blasted Cruz, calling his comments distasteful and disparaging.

“Cruz has maligned all hardworking, decent and outstanding Nigerian-Americans who add value and bring goodwill to their different communities, especially in Texas, with the largest concentration of Nigerian-Americans in this country,” the group said in a statement released Thursday.

The Nigerian ambassador to the United States also wants an apology from the senator.

“We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said.

“We consider it an insult that a senator who should be representing the people of his state could turn against some of his very own constituents in what is clearly a reckless and offensive remark,” CANAN said.


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