Deadspin joke backfires as Ted Cruz crushes them on Twitter

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: US Senator Ted Cruz arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. (Photo by Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: US Senator Ted Cruz arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. (Photo by Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images)

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At least they didn’t go out of business this time.

Ted Cruz took a shot at himself and brought Deadspin down a peg with just one tweet.

In case you missed it, Tuesday night the sports site known more for snark than substance regurgitated a Politico story about the Texas senator and former presidential candidate trying to remake his image in part by organizing a weekly basketball game in Washington, D.C.

When the Deadspin Twitter feed called for a picture of Cruz playing basketball, he (or whoever was running his page at the time) responded with one of Duke’s Grayson Allen, a junior guard who does bear a striking resemblance to him.

(And coincidentally also has a bit of an image problem.)

That prompted a vulgar response from an apparently flustered Deadspin social media manager and a few more bizarre and profane tweets from a site editor using his personal account to challenge Cruz supporters to a fight.

Cruz’s page had a response for Deadspin’s answer, too, and came out looking like the clear winner.

Even in these strange times it seems bullies don’t know how to handle being bullied.