Senator Ted Cruz ventured into the hostile snake pit of “The View” and held his own against the show’s panel of shrieking harpies as well as an angry mob in the seats that shouted F-bombs at him during a show marked by the pure unadulterated ugliness of the left.
The Texas Republican jousted with Whoopi Goldberg, knocking the longtime regular off of her high horse about political violence and the so-called “insurrection” by reminding her of the Antifa riots of the previous summer, and was every bit the perfect gentleman.
At one point, co-host Ana Navarro sought to put him on the spot over rude comments that former President Donald J. Trump made when the two were slugging it out toward the end of the grueling 2016 Republican primary run and tempers were running hot with Cruz as the last man standing between the bombastic billionaire political outsider and the GOP nomination.
Trump infuriated Cruz when he retweeted an unflattering picture of his wife Heidi and made remarks that the senator’s father appeared in a picture with the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald which seemed to suggest that he had a hand in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump had said. “I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?”
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“We’ve seen candidates that have said a lot of things about each other,” Navarro said after recalling their shared history as Bush Republicans. “But Donald Trump went incredibly personal when it came to you. He suggested your father may have been involved in Kennedy’s assassination and he called your wife, Heidi, ugly.”
After rolling video of an understandably angry Cruz at the time when he slammed Trump as a “pathological liar” who was “utterly amoral” as the audience clapped and cheered like spectators in a Roman colosseum before Christians were fed to the lions.
“You know, I have to ask you, you know, I’m married to a Cuban man,” she said. “I frankly don’t know how you get over your wife being called ugly. I don’t know how you get over that kind of calumnies against your father. But you obviously have gotten over it, today you sing a very different tune. So tell us, were you lying then, or are you lying now?”
Responding to Navarro’s “loaded question,” the senator then calmly deflected what was an obvious attempt to get him to go on record against Trump.
“What I would say is this,” Cruz replied. “In 2016, we had a primary where Donald Trump and I beat the living crap out of each other. I’ll tell you, Heidi laughed when he said that. My father laughed. By the way, my dad didn’t just kill Kennedy. He’s got Jimmy Hoffa buried in the backyard. It was idiotic.”
He continued, “And we went after each other and at the end of the day he won and I had a decision to make in November of 2016. He’d been elected president and I got a responsibility to represent 30 million Texans. I could have decided, my feelings are hurt, I’m going to take the ball and go home and not do my job but if I was prepared to do that, I better be prepared to resign from my job because I have a responsibility.”
“So what I did is I went and said, ‘Listen, we have an opportunity to make a difference for this country’ and I want to roll up my sleeves and lead the fight to actually deliver on promises. We were talking a minute ago about the incredible booming economy,” he said. “We saw 7 million people get off of food stamps. We saw poverty dropping. We saw African-American poverty dropping. We saw Hispanic poverty dropping. Those are real results that make a real difference and I’m proud of that record and why did I choose to work with him even though I was pissed off at what he said? Because I had a job to do and I had a responsibility.”
While the ladies at “The View” would never admit it publicly, they were likely charmed by Cruz who was assertive in making his points and polite to a fault.
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