Trump rallies Republicans for "beautiful Ted" Cruz in Texas

Larry Hoffman
October 23, 2018

"He's not", Trump said, adding that O'Rourke "got beaten badly" in his debates against Cruz.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), left, speaks with President Trump at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston on May 31.

But Trump told ABC News in a press conference Monday that he has new nicknames for Cruz. "But actually if you remember in the beginning it was a love fest ..." People were shocked. I said, 'Don't worry, it's only a question of time, ' " Trump said.

Trump took aim at Cruz's opponent U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, who represents a district in the El Paso area.

Trump raised the specter of voter fraud, claiming without evidence that illegal immigrants are voting in large numbers in the November election. But he praised the lawmaker for "a handsome job in staring down an angry left-wing mob" that tried to defeat the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. He savaged Trump as a "pathological liar", an "amoral bully" and a "sniveling coward". He famously withheld his endorsement of Trump at the 2016 GOP convention and got booed.

"If you want them to investigate, we'll just have to nominate Hillary Clinton to the United States Supreme Court", the president joked. "He's a terrific, great senator".

Last week, the rally was relocated from the 8,000-seat NRG Arena to the 18,000-seat Toyota Center after thousands of people tried buying tickets online. There were another 3,000 people watching outside on TV screens, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Cruz touted his newfound companionship with the president. Instead, when asked if he regretted repeating the extremely unfounded rumor, Trump told reporters, "I don't regret anything, honestly".

Trump kicked off the bromance earlier in the day by giving Cruz a new nickname.

"He's not "Lyin" Ted" anymore.

Kimmel urged viewers in Texas, Democrat and Republican alike, to "imagine how hilarious it will be if Ted Cruz is forced to kiss his bully's ass in front of the world and then loses anyway".

Trump had also ridiculed Cruz's wife, Heidi, during the 2016 campaign and promoted a conspiracy theory that Cruz's father was connected to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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