In the image, Abbott wears a red MAGA T-shirt with his belly exposed, while Cruz wraps his hands around the unwaveringly anti-abortion governor's baby bump. Texas' insurrection-inspiring junior senator also sports a Proud Boys tattoo on his left arm, a reference to the extremist group that took part in the Jan. 6 attack.
Behind the two Republicans is an outline of Jesus holding a golden assault rifle with the acronym "WWJD," meaning "What Would Jesus Do" framing his head.
It's unclear when the image first appeared on the wall of the Southtown building at 710 S. Flores St. or who's responsible for its creation. However, it appears awfully similar in material and subject matter to a wall-sized sticker of Cruz in bondage gear that appeared on the St. Mary's Strip in early 2021.
Whatever its origins, the piece of public art is receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews on Twitter.
"San Antonio funny asf for this," tweeted user @ENorris_2 on Monday, becoming one of the first people to draw attention to the image on social media.
Man I just past this going downtown— Elijah Norris (@ENorris_2) September 5, 2022
San Antonio funny asf for this 💀 pic.twitter.com/VAINEMSpZD
The dogpile continued, with multiple users skewering the two right-wing politicians.
"Why are they both standing upright? Neither one of them has a spine," user @LEsquilinJ responded.
"If men could get pregnant we WOULD NOT BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION," tweeted @GLGBUCKEYEBABE.
Why are both of them standing upright?— Mr. Milquetoast (@IEsquilinJ) September 7, 2022
Neither one has a spine.
"I almost spit out my coffee LMAO!" user @MzLuvU4Eva added to the conversation.
If men could get pregnant we WOULD NOT BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. https://t.co/NFR9hjOTNP— Gina Lyn (@GLGBUCKEYEBABE) September 7, 2022
Several Twitter users looped in news organizations such as CNN and late-night comedians including Jimmy Kimmel in hopes of spreading the love. Others inquired about how to get a bumper sticker of the image.
I almost spit out my coffee LMAO! https://t.co/ABgnYdmn1E— SexySophisicatedLady (@MzLuvU4Eva) September 7, 2022
The artwork comes less than two months before the midterm elections, which will decide whether Texans let Abbott stick around for a third term. The incumbent still leads Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke by 6.8 points, according to a recent Dallas Morning News poll.
Even so, the image of a pregnant Abbott may resonate with more Texans than polling suggests. A survey of 2,000 Lone Star State voters by Perry Undem, a data analytics group, found that 60% believe abortion should be available in all or most cases.
What's more, 9 out of 10 those surveyed agreed that Texas politicians are out of touch with their electorate.
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