During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly called rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) a liar — and also mocked his wife’s appearance and insinuated that his father may have been involved in the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.
And, as Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale points out, Cruz ended his presidential bid in 2016 by calling Trump “utterly amoral,” a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.”
Despite this, however, Cruz has agreed to write an essay praising Trump as part of Time Magazine’s series on the most influential people in the world.
“President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America,” begins Cruz’s essay, which is filled with slavish praise for the president. “The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.”
Given that Trump has still never apologized for mocking Heidi Cruz’s appearance or for spreading baseless conspiracy theories about Cruz’s father, many Twitter users heaped scorn on Cruz for so shamelessly sucking up to someone who has treated him so terribly.
Check out some of the top reactions below.
Ted Cruz’s slavish praise of Trump is a valiant attempt to throw us off the scent, but we aren’t fooled, Zodiac.
— N. Bourbaki (@d08890) April 19, 2018
Call me old fashioned, but if I were Ted Cruz and Donald Trump had personally branded me as a liar, suggested he had dirt on my wife, spread rumors that my father assasinated JFK, and was, you know, Donald Trump, I’d probably pass on writing his effusive TIME magazine blurb.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) April 19, 2018
Ted Cruz’s blurb about Trump for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People is one of the most humiliating things ever written pic.twitter.com/VAnZnWXK2R
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) April 19, 2018
wait ted cruz had to write about trump for time magazines 100 did he lose a bet 😹😹😹😹
— darth™ (@darth) April 19, 2018
As you read Sen. Cruz’s heroic praise of POTUS for Time’s "100 Most Influential,” it's worth remembering this tweet making fun of Cruz’s wife is still live. Trump has never apologized for this and similar attacks on Cruz’s family. pic.twitter.com/RaCqfXhWgB
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) April 19, 2018
<artist’s depiction of trump requesting that ted cruz write his most influential blurb in time magazine> pic.twitter.com/JqxkQJtnlM
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 19, 2018
Ted Cruz writing the article on Donald Trump for Time's 100 is just so weak. Good god man have some respect for yourself.https://t.co/kC6EJyZ32i
— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) April 19, 2018
I just remembered that the “beans” Trump ended up personally spilling on Cruz’s wife was that he thought she was ugly
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) April 19, 2018
Donald Trump very publicly called Ted Cruz’s wife ugly and crazy. He suggested multiple times that Ted Cruz’s father helped kill JFK.
Now Cruz writes the TIME100 piece praising Trump.
This is so utterly pathetic. https://t.co/ctVFnbj3Gu
— bsteels (@bsteels) April 19, 2018