Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Tells Everyone How He Really Feels About Donald Trump

The Texas senator used to call the GOP frontrunner "terrific." Now he says Trump is a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist."


With just hours to go before the polls close in the critical state of Indiana, Texas Senator Ted Cruz delivered an extended monologue on live TV calling rival GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist." It's an odd and telling display from someone who spent most of last year cozying up to Trump. 

Cruz delivers the sort of blunt, personal criticism that you don't often see on the campaign trail, and he frames it as a moment of total honesty.

"I'm going to do something I haven't done for the entire campaign…I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump," Cruz says as he winds up. 

Here's the video: 

It's a moment of candor that tells us as much about Cruz as it does about Trump.

For one thing, it shows us Cruz's statement of mind: He seems frustrated, angry, and upset—and it doesn't look like he's faking it. With his dramatic pauses and repetitive delivery, Cruz often comes across as unnatural and slightly fake. You can still see some of that here, but more than almost any other clip I've seen from Cruz over the course of the campaign, it seems natural, and genuinely felt. Cruz seems to really mean what he's saying.

That's understandable, given the position he's in today. Indiana is widely viewed as Cruz's last stand. It's a must-win for his campaign, and if he loses tonight, it's extremely doubtful that he'll be able to keep Trump from winning the nomination.

Which means there is a strategic element at play here too. Cruz would rather the media focus on his rant than on his long-odds of winning, or on Trump's latest conspiracy-theory-peddling about Cruz's dad and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Even when he's being genuine, Cruz, the race's most rigorous tactician, is always acting in the interests of his campaign.

And that brings us to the real problem: Cruz's statement is an open admission that he's been misleading voters throughout the campaign.

It's not just that he's been holding back. It's that, presuming today's statement really does represent what he believes, his previous statements cannot be true.

Cruz ran as friendly to Trump throughout most of last year, secretly meeting with the businessman early in the race, coordinating with him on a foreign policy announcement, and frequently paying him compliments. In a December tweet, he rejected the idea of a face-off between himself and Trump because Trump is "terrific."

Indeed, he pitched his friendliness to Trump as a campaign asset: "A lot of the other candidates have gone out of their way to smack [Trump] with a two-by-four, said some really nasty, vicious things," Cruz said, according to the BBC. "I've sung his praises. He's bold, he's brash, and I think the support he's gaining right now in the polls is because people are looking for someone willing to stand up to Washington."

The message Cruz wants to send with today's rant is something to the effect of: Wow! Finally! Cruz is saying what he really thinks! Better late than never, I suppose. But the message he's actually sending is that while running for president over the last year, he's been doing something else.

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  1. This is going to be awkward when he has to endorse him.

    1. Will Ted whore himself out for a Supreme Court seat?

      1. Well, I mean, who wouldn’t? Looks around…

        1. Yeah, word is you don’t have to wear anything under that robe.

      2. I doubt Hillary will nominate Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court

        1. She’ll prolly nominate Willie

          1. Why, because she wants bubba to get grilled by the Senate republicans?


            1. They haven’t done much scotus grilling thus far.

    2. Or gets picked as Trump’s running mate.

      1. That’s what I was thinking. A friend laid it out to me a month or 2 ago: that they’d get together, figure a term or 2 of Trump-Cruz, then Cruz for prez, figuring he’s much younger than Trump. Sounded likely to me. But that’s before it looked like Trump was going to walk away with the nomination.

  2. What the fuck, Suderman? These are links!!!

  3. Boycotting until commenters are paid $15 an hour transgendered commenters can/can’t use the bathroom of their choice we get PM lynx WHO’S WITH ME?


  4. Suderman’s just gonna throw Robbie under the bus and post another article while the P.M. Links are late?


    1. Harsh, but deserved. It’s almost 5:00, for fuck’s sake.

  5. Anyone running for president is a narcissist.

    1. This. It takes a certain amount of narcissism to think “I ought to get to run this bitch for a while.”

  6. So, Politician A says something about Politician B to help his Quest for Power, then changes his mind later on to further his Quest for Power…and this is news? I must be missing something.

  7. PM Lynx today or nah?

    1. WDATPDIM?

  8. Trump is a snake-oil salesman and a plant for Hillary. He is the only candidate bad enough to lose to her, and that is exactly why he is there

    1. Who let the RedState RINO in? Still cryin’ over Jeb! ?

    2. I don’t have a horse in the race. Well, I do, but he’s like 100 years old with 2 broken legs. Trump will beat Hillary. Cruz would probably lose to her. I can’t even be happy about any of that, but it’s what I believe.

      1. But look at how Kasich & Sanders head their respective parties’ head-to-head vs. opposite party nominee polls. Then scratch your head. Then get Head & Shoulders.

  9. Totally would Heidi

    1. Me too. Its funny how conservatives and the rest of the GOP ruling class are so concerned about Trump being “vulgar” and “uncivil” but then immediately say shit like this about Trump.

      1. I thought you were more into the FUPA type.

    2. “Never stick it in crazy”

  10. Something something roosters something something roost. I weep tears sized to match my tiny tiny violin.

  11. The Texas senator used to call the GOP frontrunner “terrific.” Now he says Trump is a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist.”

    IOW, just like every other politician. Maybe Trump isn’t so different after all.

    1. Takes one to know one. And every Cruz supporter will assure that Trump is too vulgar and crude to be President, unlike their guy. Nothing says reasoned debate like calling your opponent mentally ill.

  12. I used to think Cruz wasn’t so bad, for a pol.

    At this point, though, he’s practically Exhibit A for “familiarity breeds contempt”.

    1. Even more pathetic than Pete Rose.

    2. Nah, Ted Cruz has always been a smarmy dickbag. He just comes off as so disingenuous. Listening to him talk makes me think of Joel Osteen trying to sell me a used car.

      1. You considered buying a car from Olsteen?

      2. Even other senators can’t stand him, they say.

  13. Why doesn’t philandering Lyin’ Ted admit to the Zodiac killings and condemn his Devil-Dad for assassinating JFK?

    1. Obviously it’s because he is pro-Kennedy assassination. I mean, come on, he hasn’t appropriately denounced the Kennedy assassination, has he?

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  15. Now he says Trump is a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist.”

    Nothing at all like you! Right, Ted?

    1. They smell their own.

  16. cruz is clearly getting desperate, but in his defense, trump did insinuate his father helped kill kennedy (which by the way proves there was a conspiracy at long last!).

    but seriously, trump is a narcissist. i thought people were aware…?

    1. A narcissist and the Zodiac Killer!

  17. It’s a good thing Gary Johnson isn’t a narcissist.

    1. It’s a good thing he doesn’t have the LP nomination.

    2. Everyone’s a little bit narcissistic.

      (Well, unless they’re self loathing)

  18. Too be fair, his initial comments about Trump was late last year, before Donald really started to go off the deep end. At the time I had a soft spot for at the first debate as he seemed lost but candid and had a way of annoying journalist. Once he started having to release actual policy is when that soft spot died.

  19. IOW, the Donald harshed my buzz dude, he rained on my parade, he crashed my party, he ate my cake. Hissy fit time.

  20. RE: Ted Cruz Tells Everyone How He Really Feels About Donald Trump
    The Texas senator used to call the GOP front runner “terrific.” Now he says Trump is a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist.”

    Cruz is just now finding out Trump the Grump is a pathological liar and narcissist?
    Where has the good senator from Texas been?

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