Ted Cruz on Donald Trump

Quotes by Senator Ted Cruz on Donald Trump

THEN
NOW


2016
2018

Ted Cruz on Donald Trump Then
Ted Cruz on Donald Trump Now


#TedCruz 3/25/16: "Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office ❲of President❳." » #Cruz 4/19/18: "❲That Trump has❳ distressed members of the…establishment is not a bug but a feature." Click To Tweet

Quotes by Senator Ted Cruz on Donald Trump

THEN

2016

Ted Cruz on Donald Trump Then
“I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing he’s tweeted, because he’s losing it. We need a commander-in-chief, not a Twitterer-in-chief. We need someone with judgment and the temperament to keep this country safe. I don’t know anyone who would be comfortable with someone who behaves this way having his finger on the button. I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning, and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark. That’s not the temperament of a leader to keep this country safe.
- Feb 3, 2016
“It’s no surprise that Donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum — or, if you’d like, yet another ‘Trumpertantrum.’ It seems that his reaction to everything is to throw a fit, to engage in insults… My girls are 5 and 7. And I got to tell you — Caroline and Catherine are better behaved than a presidential candidate who responds by insulting everyone every day when he loses.”
- Feb 3, 2016

NBC News, Feb 3, 2016
Ted Cruz: Donald Is Throwing a ‘Trumpertantrum’

(retrieved 10/14/16)
“Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought.”

“Donald, real men don’t attack women.”
“It’s not easy to tick me off, I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that will do it every time. Donald, you’re a snivelling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone

“Our spouses and our children are off-bounds. It is not acceptable for a big, loud New York bully to attack my wife… When he gets scared, he lashes out. And he insults and attacks whoever is standing near him… Donald does seem to have an issue with womenDonald doesn’t like strong women. Strong women scare Donald. Real men don’t try to bully women. That’s not an action of strength. That’s an action of weakness. That’s an action of fear. That’s an action of a small and petty man who is intimidated by strong women. Real men don’t do that.”
- March 24, 2016

CBS News, March 24, 2016

Cruz calls Trump 'sniveling coward' and says 'leave Heidi the hell alone'

(retrieved 10/14/16)
starts at beginning

“Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow.”

“There is no low Donald won’t go.”
- March 25, 2016

Facebook, March 25, 2016
Facebook Post

(retrieved 10/14/16)
“Nominating Donald Trump would be a train wreck. It would be handing the White House over to Hillary Clinton.”

“Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Now, let’s be clear. This is nuts. This is not a reasonable position. This is just kooky. And while I’m at it, I guess I should go ahead and admit, yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard…

“I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies with practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying. He accuses everybody on that debate stage of lying. And it’s simply a mindless yell. Whatever he does, he accuses everyone else of doing. The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist. A narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.

“Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?’ Everything in Donald’s world is about Donald. And he combines being a pathological liar, and I say pathological because I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory and he’s pass the lie detector test each time. Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it. But the man is utterly amoral

“The man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him. It’s why he went after Heidi directly and smeared my wife, attacked her. Apparently she’s not pretty enough for Donald Trump. I may be biased, but I think if he’s making that allegation, he’s also legally blind.

“But Donald is a bully. You know, we just visited with fifth-graders. Every one of us knew bullies in elementary school. Bullies don’t come from strength, bullies come from weakness. Bullies come from a deep, yawning cavern of insecurity. There is a reason Donald builds giant buildings and puts his name on them everywhere he goes.

“And I will say there are millions of people in this country who are angry. They’re angry at Washington, they’re angry at politicians who have lied to them. I understand that anger. I share that anger. And Donald is cynically exploiting that anger, and he is lying to his supporters. Donald will betray his supporters on every issue.

“If you care about immigration, Donald is laughing at you. And he’s telling the moneyed elites he doesn’t believe what he’s saying. He’s not going to build a wall. That’s what he told The New York Times. He will betray you on every you issue across the board. And his strategy of being a bully in particular is directed at women. Donald has a real problem with women. People who are insecure, people who are insecure about who they are – Donald is terrified by strong women. He lashes out at them…

“The president of the United States has a bully pulpit unlike anybody else. The president of the United States affects our culture. I ask the people of Indiana, think about the next five years if this man were to become president. Think about the next five years, the boasting, the pathological lying, the picking up ‘The National Enquirer’ and accusing people of killing JFK, the bullying. Think about your kids coming back and emulating this.

“For people in Indiana who long for a day when we were nice to each other, when we treated people with respect, when we didn’t engage in sleaze and lies – and I would note one of the lies he engages in, listen, Donald Trump is a serial philanderer, and he boasts about it. This is not a secret. He’s proud of being a serial philanderer.

“I want everyone to think about your teenage kids. The president of the United States talks about how great it is to commit adultery, and how proud he is, describes his battles with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam. That’s a quote, by the way, on the Howard Stern show.

“Do you want to spend the next five years with your kids bragging about infidelity? Now, what does he do? He does the same projection. Just like a pathological liar, he accuses everyone of lying. Even though he boasts about his infidelity, he plants in David Pecker‘s ‘National Enquirer’ a lie about me and my family, attacking my family. He accuses others of doing what he is doing. I will tell you, as the father of two young girls, the idea of our daughters coming home and repeating any word that man says horrifies me.

“That is not who America is. And I would say to the Hoosier State, the entire country’s depending on you. The entire country is looking to you right now. It is only Indiana that can pull us back. It is only the good sense and good judgment of Indiana that can pull us back. We are staring at the abyss.”
- May 3, 2016

CNN, May 3, 2016
Transcript: Cruz Rants Against Trump; Indiana Votes.

(retrieved 10/14/18)
starts at beginning

“That pledge [to support whichever candidate became the GOP nominee] was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank-you very much for maligning my wife and my father… You might have a similar view if someone was attacking your wife. In fact, I hope you would… This is not a game. This is not politics. Right and wrong matter. We have not abandoned who we are in this country.”
- July 21, 2016


#TedCruz 5/3/16: "Donald ❲Trump❳ is a bully… Bullies don’t come from strength, bullies come from weakness." » #Cruz 4/19/18: "Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong-un back on his heels." Click To Tweet

NOW

2018

Ted Cruz on Donald Trump Now
“President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America. 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.

“The same cultural safe spaces that blinkered coastal elites to candidate Trump’s popularity have rendered them blind to President Trump’s achievements on behalf of ordinary Americans. While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.

“President Trump is doing what he was elected to do: disrupt the status quo. That scares the heck out of those who have controlled Washington for decades, but for millions of Americans, their confusion is great fun to watch.”
April 19, 2018 -

Time, April 19, 2018
Donald Trump by Ted Cruz

(retrieved 10/14/18)

“God Bless Texas! And God bless President Donald Trump!”
Oct 22, 2018 -

Ted Cruz Senate race campaign rally in Houston, which Trump attended to support Cruz.

NPR, Oct 22, 2018
From 'Lyin' Ted' To 'Beautiful': How Trump And Cruz Found Political Love

(retrieved 10/14/18)


#TedCruz 5/3/16: "❲Donald Trump’s behavior is❳ not who America is…We are staring at the abyss." » #Cruz 4/19/18: "Talking heads predicted Armageddon ❲if Trump became President❳." Click To Tweet


Context

Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a “snivelling coward” after Trump repeatedly branded Cruz as a liar and attacked and insulted his wife:

Cruz’s extended, May 2016 blistering condemnation of Trump came hours after Trump called Cruz’s father “disgraceful” and implied that his father may have been involved in John F. Kennedy’s assassination.1CNN, May 3, 2016
Cruz unloads with epic takedown of ‘pathological liar,’ ‘narcissist’ Donald Trump
retrieved 10/14/18

Trump in response said “Lyin’ Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can’t function under pressure – not very presidential.” Donald Trump Jr. characterized Cruz’s attack as “an impressive meltdown… Desperate but impressive. Reminded me of my 3 year old coming off a sugar high.”