Ted Cruz will join Donald Trump on Monday night at a Texas rally, just over two weeks before Cruz faces off with Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke, reports Bloomberg.
We are live in Houston for Texas Today this morning. People are lining up outside the Toyota Center for the rally with Pres. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. #TrumpRally #PresidentTrump #KCEN @KCENNews pic.twitter.com/gfXtsLaRKe
— Maria E. Aguilera (@maria_aguilera) October 22, 2018
On Friday, Trump tweeted: “Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas.”
Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018
Trump supporters drove hours and camped overnight for the Trump-Cruz rally, according to Chron:
A sea of mostly red-clad President Trump supporters flooded closed-off streets around the Toyota Center Monday morning, hours ahead of the president’s rally here with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Many attendees drove from hours away, foregoing sleep to line up overnight as they sought to ensure a spot at the rally. The arena seats about 18,000 people, far less than the reported demand for the event.
Those attending the rally appeared to mostly set aside Trump’s feud with Cruz during the presidential primary, considering the matter settled. –Chron
Trump and Cruz, former adversaries, will try and energize Texas republicans just two years after Trump dubbed the Texas Senator “Lyin’ Ted” during the 2016 election.
Wow, Lyin' Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can't function under pressure – not very presidential. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2016
Cruz, in turn, called Trump “sleazy Donald” and a “sniveling coward,” only endorsing Trump after he was booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention for insisting that people “vote their conscience.”
When Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, later citing the insults to his wife and father, even his own supporters booed him. At a breakfast for the Texas delegation the next morning, people stood and angrily denounced Cruz as petty and unforgiving. “Get over it, Ted!” a man in a giant cowboy hat yelled at the senator, who looked pained. But Cruz stood his ground, insisting he would not roll over like a “servile puppy dog” to a man who had so crudely insulted his family. –Yahoo
Cruz’s change of heart in deciding to ultimately support Trump inspired several internet memes in which Cruz recognizes Trump’s alpha status, gives him his delegates, and turns into his errand boy, among other things.
And it looks like it’s water under the bridge:
"He's not lying Ted anymore. He's beautiful Ted." – @realDonaldTrump just now
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) October 22, 2018
Bloomberg is suggesting that the Cruz-O’Rourke race is a referendum on Trump, writing: “Despite the statewide advantage for Cruz — and even though Trump won Texas in 2016 over Hillary Clinton by 9 points — some Texas Democrats in competitive big-city congressional races are linking their opponents to the president, seeing benefit in making their campaigns a partial referendum on Trump.”
No Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas since 1994. The White House and Cruz say there is no real alarm about the Senate race, insisting Monday’s rally was discussed since early this year and shouldn’t be taken as the president riding to the rescue.
Cruz said in an interview last month he’s not worried about what it looks like to be aligning himself with a president he once called a “pathological liar.” He said he made a choice when Trump won the presidency that working with him is what’s best for Texas. –Bloomberg
Watch this. Watch this right now. pic.twitter.com/boyyqxgQ67
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 22, 2018
“Beto is banking on the young and minority voters, typically the least inclined to vote,” said Rice University political scientist, Paul Brace, who added that O’Rourke “seems to be doing an uncommonly good job of generating enthusiasm.”
This is why Beto O’Rourke is down in the polls pic.twitter.com/x8FbzeYc8d
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 22, 2018