Why is Ted Cruz picking a fight with Hellboy?

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"Listen Hellboy."

So began one of the weirdest episodes in what has been one of the weirdest years in politics, well, ever.

The author of those words was none other than Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was responding to a tweet from actor Ron Perlman (aka "Hellboy" from the 2004 film of the same name and its 2008 sequel) bashing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for his looks.

Cruz, who apparently had nothing better to do, decided to wade into the Twitter scrap.

"Listen Hellboy," Cruz wrote. "You talk good game when you've got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen. But I'll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn't last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?"

Like I said, weird. For a lot of reasons.

Yes, Jordan was a collegiate wrestler and coached wrestling at Ohio State University for almost a decade in the late 1980s and 1990s. He has also been accused by six former OSU wrestlers of being aware of sexual misconduct complaints made against the team's doctor. Jordan has denied knowing of any allegations.

So I can't imagine Jordan was thrilled that Cruz re-opened that can of worms. And Perlman took the bait, responding to Cruz this way: