Rachel Maddow: Ted Cruz Uses His ‘Repellent Personality’ as an Advantage

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Sen. Ted Cruz’s  (R-TX) infamous unlikability has actually been an advantage to him at times, as he uses his “repellent personality” to go after opponents.

“We’ve been having a lot of conversations, a lot of jeering conversations, myself included, about how much everybody hates Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz knows that everybody hates him,” Maddow said during MSNBC’s special election coverage. “He has never campaigned as a politician on being a guy who you’d like to be around.”

She continued:

“He has campaigned as a sort of world wrestling villain, right? Your hate makes me stronger. So we’re all talking than like that’s a weakness. Ted Cruz knows that he has a repellent personality. He has just turned it to his advantage, up until now.”

The comments were made as the elections results for Cruz’s race against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke rolled in, who Maddow applauded for using “bold colors, not pale pastels” in his campaign’s messaging. ABC News has projected that Cruz will win the tightly contested race that gained significant national media attention, but other outlets have yet to call it.

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