As the United States continues to hurtle towards the midterm elections, questions remain about the political future of a number of prominent Republicans like U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz. He’s facing Democratic challenger and U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, who’s right behind him in available polling. In his struggle, Cruz has attracted the support of President Donald Trump — but Parkland school shooting survivor and political activist David Hogg isn’t going to just sit back and watch.
He’s helped raise nearly $10,000 to fund a “mobile billboard” that will display an anti-Cruz tweet that Trump posted in 2016.
A little over two years ago, then-candidate Trump wrote:
‘Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them? He is another all talk, no action pol!’
The antagonism between the two stretched well beyond the confines of that tweet. At the Republican National Convention months later, Cruz wouldn’t even endorse Trump during his speech. The move was an expected formality — and in its absence, the Texas Senator faced serious, harried criticism, including from angry convention attendees right then and there.
At other times during the 2016 election season, Trump launched attacks like his infamous jabs at Cruz’s wife, Heidi. In March 2016, he threatened to “spill the beans” on her — whatever that meant — and posted an image to his Twitter feed that cast her in an extremely unflattering light and his own wife Melania in a flattering one. In return, Cruz termed Trump a “sniveling coward” — and a narcissist, serial philanderer, and pathological liar.
Some of those latter comments came after Trump suggested that the Senator’s father, Rafael, was somehow involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — yes, really.
Now, however, Trump and Cruz expect us to forget all of this and pretend like their party is a well functioning political organism. Just last week, Trump tweeted, speaking of his administration:
‘[C]haos doesn’t exist-just a “smooth running machine” with changing parts!’
David Hogg begs to differ.
The explanation for his efforts provided on the now no longer accepting donations GoFundMe page for the anti-Cruz billboard reads:
‘President Donald Trump will be campaigning to help Sen. Ted Cruz win his re-election. A rally is being planned, according to Trump “at the biggest stadium in Texas.” We are planning to display the presidents own words about Cruz from 2016 on a mobile billboard, to remind Texans of the truth.’
Indeed — Trump announced his plans to campaign for Cruz on Friday, writing that he has the president’s “complete and total Endorsement” and his opponent O’Rourke is “a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!”
Where exactly the billboard Hogg helped work on goes up remains to be seen. It’s a joint effort involving him and Claude Taylor and his Mad Dog PAC, which has placed a number of potent political billboards around the country at this point.
Cruz and Trump have proven anxious about their opposition, and the billboard could in theory attract their attention. One thing’s for sure — Cruz can’t expect to cruise to another six year term in the Senate without a hitch.
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