Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently wrote an essay for Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People Of 2018” issue in which the senator tooted Donald Trump‘s horn, lavishing his one-time presidential primary rival with slobbering praises. Cruz described Trump as “a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America.”
Cruz also said that the political and administrative chaos of Trump’s first year in office was “not a bug but a feature.”
“The same cultural safe spaces that blinkered coastal elites to candidate Trump’s popularity have rendered them blind to President Trump’s achievements on behalf of ordinary Americans. While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.”
The senator went even further, describing the presidency of the man who once verbally attacked his wife and father during the presidential primaries as being “fun to watch.”
“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.”
However, in May 2016 Cruz was singing a different tune when he unloaded an epic, vindictive rant about Trump to reporters during a primary campaign stop in Indiana:
“This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everyone else of lying. He accuses everybody on that debate stage of lying. And it’s simply a mindless yell. Whatever he does, he accuses everyone else of doing. The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist. A narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen. Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?’ Everything in Donald’s world is about Donald. And he combines being a pathological liar — and I say pathological because I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory, and he’d pass the lie detector test each time. Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it.
The man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him. It’s why he went after Heidi directly and smeared my wife, attacked her. Apparently she’s not pretty enough for Donald Trump. I may be biased, but I think if he’s making that allegation, he’s also legally blind.
Every one of us knew bullies in elementary school. Bullies don’t come from strength, bullies come from weakness. Bullies come from a deep, yawning cave of insecurity. There is a reason Donald builds giant buildings and puts his name on them everywhere he goes. And I will say there are millions of people in this country who are angry. They’re angry at Washington. They’re angry at politicians who have lied to them. I understand that anger. I share that anger. And Donald is cynically exploiting that anger. And he is lying to his supporters. Donald will betray his supporters on every issue.
If you care about immigration, Donald is laughing at you. And he’s telling the moneyed elites he doesn’t believe what he’s saying. He’s not going to build a wall. That’s what he told the New York Times. He will betray you on every issue across the board.
And his strategy of being a bully in particular is directed at women. Donald has a real problem with women. He is proud of being a serial philanderer. … He describes his own battles with venereal diseases as his own personal Vietnam.”
The Senator also vowed that he would never become Trump’s “servile puppy dog” following Trump’s personal attacks. But how times have changed.
Speaking of changing times, Cruz’s Democratic challenger in the 2016 midterms, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, was quick to go on the offensive, nailing the domesticated politician to the wall for his lack of integrity. In an op-ed article written for Medium, O’Rourke took issue with Cruz saying Trump has been “fun to watch.”
“Because it’s not been great fun to watch President Trump refuse to condemn the racist and dangerous behavior of Klansmen and white nationalists marching with torches in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Over recent months O’Rourke has managed to close the gap in many polls. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll released this week, O’Rourke trailed Cruz by just three percentage points.
Once expected to ‘cruise’ to reelection, the incumbent is in a tight race with Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke,” said Peter Brown, the poll’s assistant director, in a statement.
A Local liberal group called Progress Texas was quick to pile on to Cruz’s humiliation with this brutal attack ad.
There are reports that many GOP politicians are unsure about how they can win re-election while embracing a failing president. One of the most recent events to suggest that the GOP is facing a massive defeat in November was the unexpected announced early retirement of House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI), who said that he plans to finish out his term but not seek re-election.
And before you even consider allowing yourself to feel too sorry for Cruz, remember this 1988 video of then 18-year-old Ted Cruz being brutally honest about his political ambitions.
In November, let’s send this sniveling little opportunistic rat back to his hole in Texas. And let’s all get behind Rep. Beto O’Rourke and every other Democratic candidate who will make up the 2018 Blue Wave of change that we need to put a stop to Trump’s ignorant and dangerous agenda.
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