Ted Cruz appeared with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night, where the topic of conversation naturally turned to the complete hatred that he and Donald Trump now have for each other.
Jimmy asked: “Donald Trump — is he the person you dislike the most, of anyone in America?”
“Oh, no,” Cruz answered, with a sort of aw-shucks tone.
“Who do you like better,” Jimmy asked, “Obama or Trump?”
As the audience laughed, Cruz apparently paused in order to think about his answer. “I dislike Obama’s policies more.”
“I see,” Jimmy replied.
“But Donald — Donald is a unique individual,” Cruz said. He then offered up this thought: “If I were in my car and getting ready to reverse, and saw Donald in the backup camera — I’m not confident which pedal I’d push.”
Jimmy and Cruz also discussed the senator’s sheer unpopularity with his colleagues — and the fact that those same colleagues are now supporting him.
“Donald Trump has an amazing ability to clarify everything. And we’re seeing now, Republicans coming together, unifying behind our campaign,” Cruz explained. “You know, just a week ago Lindsey Graham hosted an event for me. And I joked at the beginning, ‘Listen, this is a first — this is the first event I’ve ever had, hosted by someone who three weeks earlier had publicly called for my murder.'”
(Note: Lindsey Graham had been doing a comedy routine about how a person could get away with killing Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate — or was he?)
“That is interesting,” Jimmy said. “Yeah, what you did is you kind of held out until they found someone that they liked less than you.”
“There you go,” Cruz said, as the audience applauded. “It is a powerful strategy. And compared to Donald, I am the quiet, shy, soft-spoken one.”
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."