Beto O’Rourke revives Trump’s brutal nickname for Ted Cruz during debate


President Donald Trump once called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “Lyin’ Ted.” While the senator might wish everyone had forgotten all about that, his opponent Beto O’Rourke revived the nickname during Tuesday night’s debate in San Antonio.

O’Rourke’s comment came in response to Cruz’s criticism of the Democrat’s desire for a tax on oil production.

“Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you,” O’Rourke said. “It’s why the president called him Lyin’ Ted, and it’s why the nickname stuck. Because it’s true.”

Cruz laughed it off and tried to turn attention back to polls that show the Democrat falling behind the Republican.

“Well it’s clear Congressman O’Rourke’s pollsters told him to come out on the attack,” Cruz said.

Trump referred to his then-presidential opponent Cruz as “Lyin’ Cruz” repeatedly during his 2016 campaign.


Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.