With few GOP allies left, Ted Cruz takes refuge at Mar-a-Lago with his former enemy President Trump

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Politics make strange bedfellows — and dinner companions. 

On Tuesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posted a photo of himself enjoying dinner with former President Donald Trump at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.

“Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022,” Cruz wrote. 

You young kids won’t believe it, but there was a time when @TedCruz wasn’t a Trump bootlicker. pic.twitter.com/AGQ72nhuSb

— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) May 5, 2021

This candlelit dinner may come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the relationship between the pair over the years. Neither has been shy about expressing their utter disgust about the other one, nor have they been shy about their ambitions for political power. Their union shows what unbridled cynicism and ambition look like when they cross paths.

What might they talk about at dinner? The time Trump accused Cruz’s father of plotting JFK’s assassination or the time he insulted Heidi Cruz’s looks?

Maybe they discuss when Cruz once joked to Jimmy Kimmel: “If I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d push.”

The two have spouted a dictionary’s worth of insults at one another over the years. 

Trump called Cruz “a totally unstable individual” and “worse than Hillary.” Cruz, meanwhile, called Trump a “pathological liar,” a “sniveling coward,” and “consistently disgraceful.”

But they’re also well aware of the political capital the other one holds, even — and especially — as divisive figures within the GOP. Trump turned to Cruz during the 2018 midterm elections, hoping to heal some of the cracks within the party. It didn’t work — Republicans lost Congress — but it at least garnered Cruz a new nickname. He went from “Lyin’ Ted” to “Beautiful Ted.”

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“My attitude is, I’ve got a job to do,” Cruz said in an interview with The Washington Post in 2o2o. “To do my job, I’ve got to work with the president. And, you know, I could have made the choice to allow my feelings to be hurt, to take my marbles and go home. But I think that would’ve been an irresponsible choice.”

Cruz also played a major part in Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election. He agreed to argue a Texas lawsuit in front of the Supreme Court on behalf of Trump’s cause. The case never made it to the Court, but Cruz has become a useful and loyal ally to the former president.

This week, as Trump anxiously awaits the decision of an independent oversight board over whether he’ll be able to join Facebook again, he may be in need of that loyalty: According to one anonymous source close to the campaign, getting back his Facebook account is “essential for his future political viability.”

If he doesn’t have his account restored, he’ll have to rely on his …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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