Trump Lauds One-Time Rival Ted Cruz, Bashes Texas Senate Race Opponent: ‘Beto is a Flake!’


President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — the once-bitter 2016 primary rivals — have buried the hatchet. And now, they’re teaming up to try to bury Cruz’s 2018 Senate foe.

In a pair of Tweets Wednesday morning, Trump went to bat for the man he’s famously referred to as “Lyin’ Ted” — calling on Texas voters to cast their ballots for Cruz over his charismatic Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke.

“Watched the debate last night & Beto O’Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want,” Trump wrote. “Ted is strong on Crime, Border & 2nd A, loves our Military, Vets, Low Taxes. Beto is a Flake!”

Trump added, “Ted Cruz has done so much for Texas, including massive cuts in taxes and regulations – which has brought Texas to the best jobs numbers in the history of the state. He watches carefully over your 2nd Amendment. O’Rourke would blow it all! Ted has long had my Strong Endorsement!”

The effusive praise from Trump is stunning — given the litany of insults he’s lobbed at the senator. In addition to the Lyin’ Ted moniker, Trump once said Cruz was “worse than Hillary [Clinton],” accused his father of being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and threatened to “spill the beans” on the senator’s wife.

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