Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has something about him that just activates the “ick” factor in everyone he encounters. He’s been famously roasted by his former college roommate and outed as a total creep, and even the people in his own party hate him.
But everyone has people who love them. Right? I mean, even Hitler had a girlfriend, for crissakes (apologies for invoking Godwin’s law). So surely the ladies in Ted Cruz’s life adore him….right? Not so much!
At a recent stop on the campaign trail, Cruz tried to give his young daughter a hug before she was carried away. Caroline Cruz, 7, wasn’t having it. In one cringe-worthy moment, she actually used her fingers to try to “flick” him away, and did everything she could to avoid the hug, crying out “ow! ow! ow!” at one point.
Here’s the video:
Very embarrassing. And caught on camera.
Yeah, kids do this kind of thing. Most parents have experienced these excruciating moments of acute rejection by their beloved offspring. But as a parent, I promise you this is embarrassing. Even after she said “no!” and “ow!” he still forces himself on her. Poor little girl. Even she knows he’s a creep.
But how about this? At another stop on the campaign trail, it appeared that Cruz’s wife, Heidi, could barely stand to be touched by him. From Raw Story:
Following the GOP debate last Thursday, Cruz attempted to give his wife, Heidi, a celebratory smooch. She, in turn, did everything she possibly could to shift her mouth, skin, muscles, cartilage and tissue below the surface to one side of her face — away from hubby Ted’s creepy thin-lips.
Here’s the pic:
But the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate is having a hard time just getting a hug from his daughter, as he heads into a crucial caucus in Iowa, which could give the winner a leg up toward becoming the GOP presidential nominee. Trump still stands as the favorite in Iowa and has been lobbing shots at Cruz as his lead has increased.
So while it might be tough for Cruz to get a hug from his children, it looks as if scoring a warm embrace from Iowa caucus voters isn’t easy either.
Let’s contrast Ted Cruz’s affect on children with that of Pres. Barack Obama. One of the most consistent things about Obama’s campaigns and presidency is the heartwarming reactions of kids. They love him. Watch this short video as a reminder.
And here he is with his own children, whose love for their dad and their delight in his company is evident.
Images like the one below are out there, of course. A very young Malia Obama looks like she’d love to be basically anywhere else than there enduring another daddy kiss.
Kids will be kids! Likely Ted and Heidi Cruz’s kids are no different from those of any other parents. But we get it, little Cruz girl, and we agree. Your dad’s a creep.
Featured image screengrab via Twitter. h/t DeadState