Ted Cruz Caught on Tape
In an MSNBC exclusive, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber reports on new tape recordings of Sen. Ted Cruz and Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. Cruz is caught pushing a fake “commission” to steal the 2020 election and outlining his plot just four days prior to January 6th, 2021. Melber breaks down the damaging “Cruz tapes” and how Cruz went from a Trump foe to a planner of 2020 plot for Trump.
Trump and Cruz a Complicated Relationship
The relationship between Senator Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump has been a tumultuous one, marked by periods of both support and animosity.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Cruz and Trump were fierce rivals. The two candidates clashed on a number of issues, including immigration, healthcare, and foreign policy, and engaged in a series of personal attacks on the campaign trail. Trump famously labeled Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and suggested that his father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Despite their contentious primary battle, Cruz ultimately endorsed Trump for president in September 2016, citing his belief that a Trump presidency would be better for the country than a Clinton presidency. Trump, in turn, praised Cruz for his endorsement and suggested that the two had put their past differences behind them.
After Trump won the presidency in November 2016, Cruz initially appeared to be a staunch ally of the new administration. He supported many of Trump’s early initiatives, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the repeal of certain Obama-era regulations.
However, tensions between Cruz and Trump began to resurface in 2018, when Cruz faced a tough re-election campaign in Texas against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. During the campaign, Trump accused Cruz of being “all talk and no action” and suggested that he was not a true conservative. Cruz, for his part, responded by emphasizing his record of supporting Trump’s agenda and casting himself as a strong defender of conservative values.
Despite the tensions between them, Cruz continued to support many of Trump’s initiatives during his presidency, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. However, their relationship was strained by a number of high-profile disagreements, including Cruz’s opposition to Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and his refusal to support Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The relationship between Cruz and Trump came to a head in January 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Cruz was among a group of Republican senators who objected to the certification of the electoral college results, citing concerns about voter fraud. Trump, who had encouraged his supporters to gather in Washington, D.C. on the day of the certification, later criticized Cruz for his role in the objections, suggesting that he had “disappointed” his supporters.
Despite their many disagreements, Cruz and Trump have also found common ground on a number of issues. Both men are known for their conservative views on issues such as immigration, national security, and gun rights, and have been vocal critics of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. While their relationship has been rocky at times, it remains an important one in the world of conservative politics, with both men continuing to wield significant influence over the Republican Party.