Sen. Ted Cruz, like Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott and others watch Trump carefully trying to learn his dark arts. They emulate his blood lust and joyful sadism at causing pain and creating havoc, but, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, they just can’t conjure up his dark magic.
“I don’t beat anybody up, it’s not really my style, except that jerk.”
— Former House Speaker John Boehner, in an interview with CBS News, on Sen. Ted Cruz.
“Here’s a suggestion, just don’t be assholes. Yeah, like just you know, treat each other as human beings have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells the Ruthless podcast that his wife, Heidi, is “pretty pissed” at the leaked text messages about their family’s trip to Cancun while Texas faced massive power outages.
“We all know Ted Cruz is sort of a political force of nature. He is what he is. You either hate him or you hate him. And he is a guy who went so far over the edge, not just to appease Donald Trump and Trump’s base, but because he felt like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) had gotten out ahead of him on it.”
— Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said that now that former President Trump is out of office, he intends to turn the super-PAC’s attention to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), The Hill reports.
“Their objective is just wait out Donald Trump. They’re convinced he’s leaving in January 2021, and so it’s a waiting game.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), suggesting that the “Deep State is alive and well” within the Treasury and State Department and that their “number one objective” is to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Jewish Insider reports.
“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential campaign, quoted by New York magazine.
“He’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted.”
— President Trump, saying he has buried the hatchet with his 2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ahead of a campaign rally for the Republican senator in Houston, The Hill reports.
“He’s the president. I work with the president in delivering on our promises. What I told the president the week after the election, I said, ‘Mr. President, I want to do everything humanly possible to roll up my sleeves and lead the fight in the Senate to deliver on our promises.’”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), declining to say whether he views President Trump as a friend or a foe, describing him as simply “the president,” the Washington Post reports.