GOP Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted a tribute to embattled late children’s author Dr. Seuss on Tuesday — the same day it was announced six of the writer’s books were being yanked for alleged racism.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!’’ Cruz’s gif read next to a cartoon of the author’s most beloved character, the Cat in the Hat, holding a bunch of moving colorful balloons.
A few minutes earlier, the Texas Republican tweeted out a Post story about President Biden removing all mention of the writer in the customary annual presidential proclamation touting “Read Across America Day’’ on March 2 — Dr. Seuss’s birthday — while mocking the commander in chief.
“Utterly asinine,’’ Cruz wrote above the article. “Joe Biden trying to cancel Dr. Seuss.’’
Some of the works of the author, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, are under fire for what critics have called blatant anti-black and anti-Asian messages, among other things.
His stepdaughter told The Post on Tuesday that Geisel didn’t have “a racist bone” in his body, although she said she agreed with not publishing the six books, at least for now, in the spirit of being more “gentle and thoughtful and kind with each other.”
The six axed books are “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”