Ted Cruz’s Daughter Publicly Embarrasses Him On Tic-Tok

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Caroline Cruz, a teenage daughter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), has shared on the popular social media site known as TikTok that she harbors disdain for certain political positions of her father’s. As the Dallas Observer explains it, in “a recent video posted to TikTok, Cruz’s teenage daughter Caroline tells her followers about the pros and cons of being a senator’s kid,” with “downsides” that include “the fact that security has to shadow her wherever she goes, such as on walks through the neighborhood and to her friends’ houses.” She also said, though, that a “lot of people judge me based upon him at first glance, but I really disagree with most of his views.”

Once upon a time, Cruz was an opponent of Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, but after Trump’s victory — at the conclusion of a campaign that included attacks from Trump on Cruz’s wife and father, the Texas Senator became an ardent supporter of the eventual president. That support reached the point that Cruz was one of the leaders of the ultimately unsuccessful movement within Congress to block the formal certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory. In placing himself in such a position, Cruz helped inspired the rioters who stormed the Capitol in January, and in the time since, he has expressed no remorse.

Cruz has indicated that he would be interested in running for the presidency again, although if Trump opts to do so, then he’d presumably sit out the next round. It sounded like he’d thought about it for some time, though, because he observed how, in his view, “there’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee. And that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney. That’s played out repeatedly; you come in with just [an] enormous base of support.” Cruz came in second place and did win 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary season… but Trump won 41 states, in the end. So it’s not exactly clear that Cruz is in a position to speak authoritatively about having an “enormous base of support,” even if he’s regionally popular.