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."