#ConservativeBandNames Calls Out the GOP in the Best Way Possible

With favorability ratings sinking to record lows, an old hashtag resurfaces that playfully mocks conservative issues.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz did little to help change his party's reputation this week. (Photo: Dave Angerer/Getty Images)
Oct 20, 2013· 1 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

The shutdown may have finally ended, but according to a recent Gallup poll, it managed to sink GOP favorability levels to record lows. (The Dems also hit a record low, but their dip is far less drastic than the their Republican counterparts.)

But the GOP encountered further PR issues this week, mostly because of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. On Friday, TIME released a report stating the senator had possibly committed ethics violations during his 2012 run. And prior to that announcement, Cruz was also criticized for a press conference he gave on Wednesday, where he claimed that the Affordable Care Act raised the insurance premiums for "virtually every person across this country," which doesn't appear to be true.

Incidents like these aren't helping to further the conservative cause, and one place where that's evident is on Twitter, which this week saw the resurgence of an old hashtag, #conservativebandnames.

Users who are critical of the GOP are pushing the hashtag's popularity, which picked up steam this weekend, and not only touches on the shutdown, but also calls out the party's stance on issues like abortion, gay marriage and gun control.

There's currently a movement in the Republican Party to soften its tactics and gain a reputation for being more inclusive and diverse. But it's a slow-going process, and by all accounts, there's a lot more work to be done on that front.

What follows are some of the best tweets from #conservativebandnames.