Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) just became the latest 2016 presidential contender to join the “Race for Internet Virality” with IJReview’s “Making Machine-Gun Bacon with Ted Cruz” video.
If you’re not that familiar with machine guns, bacon or the combination therein, then you’d better watch this YouTube video. It’s not the first time anyone wrapped the barrel of an automatic weapon with raw pig meat, covered it in foil, and fired away, but Dustin Ellerman‘s viral hit from five months back made its mark on the Internet when the cameraman whispered, “So much America right now.”
Hence Cruz’s own interpretation of the “American” phenomenon, albeit with a “Texas” twang. However, it’s not the first time the junior senator has tried to break the Internet. He debuted impressions of his favorite characters from The Simpsons for BuzzFeed back in June.
Nor is he the first candidate to try this tactic, as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson have also made videos with IJReview in the past few weeks. If anything, it’s just another example of what freelance writer Luke O’Neil argues is the latest “trend in presidential candidacy communications: the production of Content” with a capital C.
Technically, this is not a “machine gun” as the original source has referred to it as being.
Check out the clip below, courtesy of IJReview: