The smarmy tweet drew a lot of negative attention to Cruz, who failed to note that the 2015 Paris agreement isn’t about protecting Parisians ― it’s just the city where the international agreement was adopted by most nations of the world, including the U.S. at the time.
And then Pittsburgh came a-calling in the form of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who quickly dismissed the senator’s so-called concern for the city’s residents (whose votes Cruz tried to get thrown out).
“[Cruz] doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s been a climate denier,” Fitzgerald told KDKA TV. “He was a COVID denier. We believe in science around here. We’ll run what we need to do here, Senator, and keep your nose out of our business.”
Fitzgerald’s burn went viral, because of two things: general animosity toward Cruz ...
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 22, 2021
... and Fitzgerald’s amazing resemblance to actor Jeff Daniels, who coincidentally is performing in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
OK, @Sethrogan we know Jeff Daniels will play this local politician in the movie. Who will play Ted Cruz?
— Janet Wu (@JanetWuNews) January 22, 2021
Poor Chris is trying to get you all to pay attention to a very important story about climate change...but...is that Jeff Daniels???! https://t.co/KQ6GvHJHYE
— Derick Waller (@wallerABC7) January 22, 2021
Kudos to @BillyRay5229 for making this amazing new Jeff Daniels movie about why Ted Cruz should S.T.F.U. about President Biden bringing America back into the Paris Agreement. pic.twitter.com/f35edNLUYb
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) January 22, 2021
Allegheny Co. Executive Rich Fitzgerald destroys @TedCruz in his response to the Paris Climate Agreement and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh wants no part of Cruz, LOL. I’m here for it. Also... he does look exactly like Jeff Daniels. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/sN1pWox2GX
— CJ Johnson (@cjjohnsonjr) January 22, 2021
Great response to Cruz's "Pittsburgh not Paris" blather. Bonus, as everyone is pointing out, is this guy looks exactly like Jeff Daniels. https://t.co/9A9lTndkAe
— John Hausman (@JohnSHausman) January 22, 2021
Fitzgerald’s daughter was particularly amused to see her dad trending on Twitter.
— Jocelyn J. Fitzgerald, MD (@jfitzgeraldMD) January 22, 2021
Others who noticed the actor’s name was trending breathed a sigh of relief when they noticed the real reason the actor’s name was trending.
saw jeff daniels was trending — assumed the worst — and then was pleasantly surprised 😂 https://t.co/77WxkkIJhj
— Austin Hunt (@AustinHunt) January 22, 2021
I was mad that people triggered my anxiety by making Jeff Daniels trend. But this is so spot on, it was worth the near-panic attack. https://t.co/VLBEBN4aNa
— Jennifer M. Wood (@j_m_wood) January 22, 2021
Although Fitzgerald’s Jeff Daniels impression seemed to get a lot of attention, one Twitter user managed to focus on the important issue at stake.
And, yes, our Allegheny County Exec does look like Jeff Daniels! But more importantly, he told @TedCruz to keep his nose out of Pennsylvania!
Also, Ted belongs in jail.#traitor #clown https://t.co/AxnRAdTkn3
— Dr. Goddess, 🗣 Ma Rainey’s on Netflix! 🎭 (@drgoddess) January 22, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.