Although politics certainly do make strange bedfellows, Ted Cruz’s reliance on Donald Trump for an endorsement and supportive appearances at rallies goes beyond “strange” into blatantly hypocritical.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
The hypocrisy, however, is on both sides. While anyone could argue that they were only critical of one another for political expediency, the two did more than criticize one another’s policies and platforms. Trump’s attack on Cruz included his family with allegations of affairs, mental illness, and even a conspiracy to help kill President John F. Kennedy, Jr. back in the 1960s.
A truck driving around Texas is reminding voters just how much confidence Trump has expressed for Sen. Cruz in the past. If he believed that Cruz “has accomplished absolutely nothing” for Texas during his time in office, why is he endorsing him now?
That would be because now, Trump needs Cruz. Republicans losing the Senate could spell impeachment for Trump. Cruz also needs Trump. His challenger, Beto O’Rourke, just held a rally with the largest number of attendees since the 2016 presidential elections.
Strange bedfellows, indeed.
— Antonio (@AntonioArellano) October 1, 2018
Cruz, for his part, didn’t just tell voters in 2016 that Trump would be a less competent president than he, he called him a pathological liar and was willing to sacrifice his career during the Republican National Convention by refusing to endorse Trump for president. Of course, that all changed as soon as Trump won the presidency.
But it was “lying Ted,” and his “ugly wife,” besides “his father helped Oswald kill JFK.”
"Why would the people the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he was accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol!" DJT pic.twitter.com/9gzCHOE80j
— HASHTAG (@GLO_HASHTAG) September 25, 2018
According to KHOU, a local Houston, Texas news station:
‘It is apparently making the rounds in Texas and has already been spotted in Arlington and Dallas.
‘Arellano is also planning on putting the tweet on a billboard in front of the “biggest stadium we can find,” which is an obvious nod to Trump’s recent comments in support of Cruz.’
We love the #TrumpTweetTruck. It has a simple message from Trump to voters in Texas: "Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them," Trump's 2016 tweet read. "He is another all talk, no action pol!"
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) September 22, 2018
In just over 30 days, Americans will find out if the strategy worked. Currently, Cruz and O’Rourke are tied in most polls. That historically attended rally by O’Rourke, however, may be a harbinger of a shift to come toward the Democratic hopeful.