After Beto Calls Out ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ Donald Trump Gives Cruz a New Nickname

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President Donald Trump is heading to Texas on Monday night for a long-anticipated rally with Sen. Ted Cruz, and before he took off, he gave the press a few minutes for questions.

Reporters immediately began asking about Trump’s relationship with Cruz, which was rocky during the 2016 presidential campaign and has still experienced a bit of friction since he’s been in the White House. During the campaign, Trump referred to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted,” and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) dropped the name during his Senate debate with Cruz.

But on Monday, Trump said he has a new nickname for the senator.

“To me, he’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore,” Trump said. “He’s beautiful Ted. I call him Texas Ted.”

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Perhaps the more bizarre statement came later in his remarks when he was asked if he regrets implying that Cruz’s father was in on former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“I don’t regret anything, honestly,” the president said, keeping with his usual pushback strategy.

Watch below:

Trump’s rally in Texas has been hotly anticipated. He hasn’t held a rally in the state since he’s been elected but has made stops in several other states multiple times. On Sunday night, there was already a long line outside of the Toyota Center in Houston for the rally.

O’Rourke has since apologized for calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” during their debate, saying that he “took a step too far.”

“I don’t know that that’s the way I want to be talking in this campaign,” he added.

O’Rourke also came to Cruz’s defense after a group of protesters cornered the lawmaker in a Washington, D.C., restaurant.

Cruz is ahead in all the polls, holding a 7-point lead in the RealClearPolitics average. But O’Rourke has made some serious moves in the last couple of months. He pulled in a massive set of donations in the last quarter that added up to $38.1 million, which is more than Cruz has raised over his entire campaign.

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I. Chin

Beto is playing brownface in the best manner of a privileged, white preppie. He’s in his 40s which makes him too old to play “rock star”. Mick Jagger he ain’t. Speaking of LYING, how did Robert Francis O’Rourke suddenly become “Beto”? It’s too close to “beta” or a second-place wannabe in pack hierarchy. Poor choice, you pretend Mexican. q.v. Fulla Bull Warren, Shaun King, etc. Also lying? Running from the police after a DUI incident. Even the lefty papers wouldn’t let you slide on that. How about your pretense to be a moderate? You do realize your congressional voting record… Read more »


WOW. I sure hope you don’t vote.


I sure hope that you never go medical bankrupt.


I think he and “ Lyin Ted” are both liars. I do not trust either man. I sure hope Beto wins. He will better represent Texas than a Canadian neo conservative. He wants to ruin public education, rob the social security fund, kill Medicaid, and help insurance companys get by with not covering pre existing conditions.

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