Texas Senator Ted Cruz was photographed getting his hair done at a salon owned by Shelley Luther, the woman who was arrested on Tuesday on charges of civil and criminal contempt of court for opening her business before Friday, when the state’s stay-at-home order ended. The haircut appears to be a blatant publicity stunt by Cruz, who tweeted about it and claimed that Luther was “falsely imprisoned.”

Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail and fined $500 for every day the salon was open when it should not have been, but was released early after the state Supreme Court intervened. All Luther had to do in order to avoid jail time was apologize in court, but she refused to do even that, claiming that she opened her business early for the sake of her employees.

“I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids,” she said to the judge. “So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids being fed then please go ahead with your decision but I’m not going to shut the salon.”

Hopefully, none of those kids’ parents will die from COVID-19, or anyone else who could have been exposed thanks to Luther. Maybe if the kids were hungry, Luther could have fed them with her profits or at least advocated for better assistance for those who are out of work. But there’s no money for her to make from that.

Either way, everyone is making fun of Ted Cruz and his stupid hair right now.

Don’t come crying to a doctor if you start coughing, Ted.

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*First Published: May 8, 2020, 1:30 pm