CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted the photos, crediting Politico Playbook, a daily email newsletter from Politico.
Per Politico: Ted Cruz was spotted on his phone on a flight back from DC looking at a photo of Beto O’Rourke.
It’s unclear if the photo Senator Cruz is looking at is part of an article or if it’s just a photo of Rep. O’Rourke, or when the photo of the embattled Texas Senator was taken.
Cruz was chased out of a DC restaurant Monday night by anti-Kavanaugh protestors. Cruz and the Supreme Court nominee have been friends for decades.
Cruz was also mocked last week for posting video of Rep. O’Rourke delivering a rousing speech talking about the killing of Botham Shem Jean, a Black man shot to death in his own apartment by a white police officer. The video was well-received, and many wondered why Cruz was effectively campaigning for O’Rourke.
Tuesday morning, many on Twitter had a good time mocking the Texas Senator, whose race in deep red Texas is now rated a “tossup,” for the photo of him staring at his competitor. Others pointed to the faces of the passengers behind Cruz. And some expressed sympathy for the candidate a top White House aide suggested might lose his re-election bid for being unlikeable.
— Greg Gantz (@Gantz9) September 25, 2018
Beto’s so cool even Cruz is crushing on him. https://t.co/AS2e76r9HK
— E/DubResists 📚 (@mossback_cat) September 25, 2018
This is extremely humanising. Who among us has not stared at a picture of Beto O’Rourke? https://t.co/eik8slf6at
— Justin (@YourMindAches) September 25, 2018
In his heart of hearts, Ted knows he’s going down. https://t.co/oFDL0NOEfJ
— Alex Robertson Textor 🇪🇺 (@textorian) September 25, 2018
Even Ted has a crush on Beto. https://t.co/slP5MzCMhl
— sybann 🌊 (@sybann) September 25, 2018
The faces of the people behind him have me giggling. https://t.co/YwS0YIrRiU
— Becca (@frogtosser) September 25, 2018
— John Anzalone (@JohnAnzo) September 25, 2018
— Cookie (@cookieshotgun) September 25, 2018
The most relateable and human Ted Cruz has ever been https://t.co/nqlbajwrsm
— Rocco (@RoccosRev) September 25, 2018
I mean, I have a crush on @BetoORourke, too…
Imagine being that doughy and slouched and having your opponent be the second coming of JFK. https://t.co/SoEoDsSbvu
— Marc Levitt (@levittmarc) September 25, 2018
whispers “you had me at hello” https://t.co/gavNDR8vHp
— JPat24 (@JMPat24) September 25, 2018