If there were awards for politics, Ted Cruz would surely win “Most Spineless Performance by a Senator” for the way he’s groveled before Donald Trump over the past two years.
During the 2016 Republican primaries, Trump dubbed the Texas senator, “Lyin’ Ted” and tweeted a disgusting meme mocking his wife’s looks.
"@Don_Vito_08: "A picture is worth a thousand words" @realDonaldTrump #LyingTed #NeverCruz @MELANIATRUMP https://t.co/5bvVEwMVF8"— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1458791700.0
Trump even spread a ridiculous National Enquirer story that claimed Cruz’s father, Rafael, was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said in a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”
“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”
Even after Trump defeated Cruz for the Republican nomination, he still stood by the conspiracy.
“All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” he said.
After the Republican convention, Cruz said he wouldn’t endorse Trump for president. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” Cruz said.
But, five weeks before the election, Cruz endorsed him in a Facebook post. “A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment,” Cruz wrote. “And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
Cruz and Trump buried the hatchet after the election and Cruz would write a glowing 165-word essay about the man who insulted his family.
President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America. The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.
President Trump is doing what he was elected to do: disrupt the status quo. That scares the heck out of those who have controlled Washington for decades, but for millions of Americans, their confusion is great fun to watch.
Now, Cruz, a man who’s become synonymous with the term spineless, is using “Tough As Texas” as his re-election campaign slogan.
<<THREAD>> Hot Dogs! Why lookie here what that #TedCruz fella done chose as a campaign slogan! Ted Cruz Toug… https://t.co/MJyIfnjEyP— Ron *Thug* Hall (@Ron *Thug* Hall) 1539104630.0
Currently, polls show Cruz is neck and neck with Democrat Beto O’Rourke, which is one of the most shocking stories of the 2018 midterms.
Texas hasn’t had a Democratic senator in 25 years.
Filmmaker and Texas native Richard Linklater (“Before Sunrise,” “Boyhood,” “Dazed And Confused”), has created a hilarious new anti-Ted Cruz ad that mocks the senator's macho “Tough As Texas” slogan.
It features Sonny Carl Davis reprising his role from Linklater’s underrated 2011 gem “Bernie,” sitting in a coffee shop talking politics.
“If somebody [called] my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass,” Davis said. Instead, he says he’d “drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted.”
Don’t mess with Texas.