Ted Cruz is maybe the easiest person in the US Senate to make fun of, and not just because he’s goofy-looking. Ted just doesn’t seem to think through the things he says before he says them.
Sometimes those things cost him a few public opinion points, but generally, Ted believes that he can say mostly whatever he wants, being in safe, red, Republican Texas. Unfortunately for him, the midterms aren’t looking great, as Texas has been setting turnout records in their primary election, which was held yesterday, and the increases are all among Democrats. With numbers like the ones we saw, Texas may skip “purple” entirely and flip straight to blue come November.
In other words, Ted’s got plenty to worry about — and that’s why he had a group of musicians record a special little ditty for his campaign about his opponent who just won the Democratic primary, Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso native whose campaign has been amazing to watch. Ted’s take on the whole idea of getting beaten in Texas was simply that Democrats don’t fit in there, and the song was, fittingly, titled “If You Wanna Run In Texas (You Can’t Be A Liberal Man)”:
FIRST LISTEN: our new 60-second statewide radio ad introducing our liberal opponent, Congressman Robert O’Rourke, to Texas voters.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 7, 2018
Ted was so proud of the song he tweeted about it, and he made sure to call his opponent by the name on his birth certificate, Robert, rather than the nickname “Beto” (BAY-toe) — kind of the Spanish version of “Bobby” instead of Robert — which O’Rourke has become known as. In fact, the song makes fun of the candidate for “changing” his name to Beto, as though he’s pretending to be someone he’s not.
So when Ted appeared on CNN’s New Day, host Chris Cuomo questioned him about the hypocrisy of making fun of his opponent, when his own name isn’t even Ted:
Chris Cuomo Destroys Ted Cruz making fun of Beto’s name
“Why are you making fun of Beto for his name? Your name is Raphael. You go by Ted. Your middle name is Edward” pic.twitter.com/1wsDh99DKJ
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) March 7, 2018
“You’re absolutely right. My name is Rafael Edward Cruz,” Ted offered. Then he went on to talk about his dad having money in his underwear, and a bunch of other stuff unrelated to the fact that he’s trying to make fun of someone for literally doing the exact same thing he does with his own name.
But the best part of the interview had to be Cuomo’s face when he mockingly told Ted the song had “a catchy title” and asked if he’d come up with it himself.
You just know he did.
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