Donald Trump is not the only GOP candidate to accuse Ted Cruz’s campaign of dishonest tactics. Marco Rubio insists that Cruz has photoshopped an image of Rubio shaking President Obama’s hand.
The image ran on a site created by the Cruz campaign titled “The Real Rubio Record.” The site calls Rubio “the Republican Obama” and says that:
“After more than seven years of the destructive policies of President Obama, we shouldn’t replace him with his Republican clone.”
The issue that caused Cruz to unfavorably compare Rubio with the president is Rubio’s support of Trade Promotion Authority, a bill that would have “fast tracked” the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership measure. Oddly, Cruz called out Rubio for his support of TPA even though several other GOP presidential candidates also voted to support the bill: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and John Kasich, to name just a few. Oh, and also Ted Cruz.
Yes. Ted Cruz voted for TPA just one week before voting against it. That information is nowhere to be found on “The Real Rubio Record,” however.
In a moment of schoolyard, primary school style “He did it first!” type defense, Cruz’s spokespeople also insisted that Rubio has participated in his fair share of questionable campaign tactics.
“Let’s not let Rubio’s dirty campaign tactics get a free pass here—Rubio is having his supporters crash opponent events and tape literature inside women’s bathroom stalls, and his campaign is running intentionally misleading statewide robocalls. Again, Rubio will do anything to distract away from his liberal record.”
The Rubio campaign insists, and it is fairly obvious that they are correct, that this is the stock photo that was used with Rubio’s and Obama’s heads placed on the gentlemen’s bodies, which were reversed to show the man of color on the right and the white man on the left, in the stock photo:
One Twitter user, who found and posted the photo, said that the stock photo was not difficult to find.
All I did was google “businessmen shaking hands” ??
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) February 18, 2016
It is the reversal of the two bodies, as well as a few other details, that got Cruz busted for the photoshop job. The man representing Cruz is shaking with his left hand, which is incorrect, and Rubio is right-handed. The pocket of the suit jacket worn by the fake Rubio is also on the wrong side.
Cruz’s campaign manager, Rick Tyler, first insisted that the photo was not a fake, but admitted that he hadn’t seen the photo in question. Later, he simply said that it is “common practice” for campaigns to use stock photos. As of yet, no one in the Cruz campaign has admitted that they faked the photo, although they did change the photo on the website to this one:
This photo is one taken after a State of the Union address, in which it is fairly common practice for members of Congress and other attendees to shake the president’s hand afterward.
So this is what it’s come to: no one in the GOP camp can shake the president’s hand without being roundly criticized…and yet it is the president they accuse of “dividing America.”