The budding political “bromance” between presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz continued to blossom before our eyes on Tuesday as the republicans took the stage for the fifth GOP debate.
Amid all the fighting and cheap shots between other candidates, a friendship between arguably the two most frightening presidential hopefuls ever continued to grow at the foreign policy and national security themed debate. Trump was even caught on camera massaging Cruz’s shoulders before the debate.
To sum up tonight's debate:
Cruz vs. Rubio (at least 4 times!)
Bush vs. Trump
Carson — a rough performance
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) December 16, 2015
One of the biggest questions of the evening was whether or not Trump would back away from his extremely controversial and discriminatory remarks that he would ban all Muslims from entering the US — and he sure didn’t.
“People with cellphones, with ISIS flags on them?” Trump replied when asked about his statements by host Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t think so, Wolf. They’re not coming to this country.”
When Cruz was asked for comment regarding Trump’s proposal he danced around it as hard as possible, saying, “everyone understands why Trump has suggested what he has,” and then added “we should focus on the problem and defeat it. It’s not a war on faith. It’s a war on a political and theocratic ideology that seeks to murder us.”
On Sunday, one day after a poll revealed that Cruz has taken a 10 point lead in Iowa, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump had went on the offense and attacked the senator by saying he has acted like “a little bit of a maniac” on the Hill and doesn’t have “the right temperament” to be president.
“I don’t think he has the right temperament. I don’t think he’s got the right judgment. When you look at the way he has dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a, you know, frankly, like a little bit of a maniac — you are never going to get things done that way…. You can’t walk into the Senate and scream and call people liars, and not be able to cajole and get along with people. He’ll never get anything done, and that’s the problem with Ted,” Trump told Fox News.
Trump also mocked Cruz for his refusal to engage in mudslinging against him on CNN’s State of the Union.
“He’s been so nice to me. I mean I could be saying anything and he’d say, I agree I agree,” Trump explained.
Despite the harsh criticism, Cruz still refused to fire back — though he was recently recorded at a fundraiser questioning Trump’s leadership skills.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 13, 2015
At the debate, just two days later, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Trump about those comments and he could not back peddle fast enough.
“Let me tell you, as I have gotten to know him over the last three or four days, he has a wonderful temperament, he’s just fine, don’t worry about it,” the reality television star stated.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 16, 2015
— Texas Politics (@DMNPolitics) December 16, 2015
Cruz also sounded like a playful spouse as he joked about raiding Trump’s wallet for a ridiculous wall between the US and Mexico.
“If I’m elected president, we will secure the border. We will triple the border patrol. We will build a wall that works and I’ll get Donald Trump to pay for it,” Cruz stated.
In the Spin Room following the debate, Trump’s son also weighed in on the romance.
“I really liked the almost-camaraderie between him and Cruz. I thought that was very, very nice,” Eric Tump told reporters. “They didn’t buy into the propaganda that’s been going back and forth over the last couple weeks.”
we're hurtling towards a "Speak Loudly and Bomb Everyone" ticket for the Republican Party 2016 with Trump-Cruz.
— Not Your Typical Blogger (@PercivalPenman) December 16, 2015
Will Cruz be just the “yes man” that Trump desires as a running mate should he win the nomination? Will Cruz pick Trump if he continues to gain momentum? Ladies and gents, this very well may be the GOP ticket.
In other news, citizenship applications for Canada are about to skyrocket.
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