Every family on this planet has a series of awkward stories and uncomfortable inside jokes that are not supposed to be shared with the rest of the world — especially when one of its members is running for the highest office in the country.
Apparently, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his household failed to receive this incredibly important memo before they went on air at a televised event on Wednesday.
CNN invited the Cruz family for a discussion as a part of its latest series of town halls — aptly dubbed as Family Town Hall — in a probable attempt to humanize the Texas senator following the backlash over his now famous “New York Values” gibe. However, the entire thing sort of backfired when the Cruz family delved into their bizarre home lives, effectively creeping out most of the people watching the event.
Apart from the fact that the White House hopeful spent better part of the first 30 minutes slamming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and most of the second-half attacking rival GOP candidate Donald Trump rather than talking about his family, many social media users felt his interaction with his wife seemed rather… artificial.
It could just be the way they actually are in real life, but in light of recent sex scandal associated with the senator’s name, the doting behavior on TV came across as a means to assure voters that everything was going A-OK.
While the entire event was awkward to watch, some moments definitely out-did the rest.
For instance, Cruz talked about watching pornographic material while his young daughters Catherine and Caroline sat in the front row — which is uncomfortable to even think about.
“After reading about me watching porn with O'Connor, Rubio texted me: 'Holy cow! I didn't know you watched porn. Our oppo team missed it,'” Cruz recalled.
Why did Cruz tell a story about watching porn with Sandra Day O'Connor with his two little girls sitting in the front row? #CruzFamily— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) April 14, 2016
I just saw Cruz's daughters in the audience when he was talking about hardcore porn ?? #CruzFamily— Lauren Williams (@laurenpaige1985) April 14, 2016
Another cringe-worthy — yet memorable — moment came when Caroline Cruz told the entire nation that there is a video of her father in a pink boa and goofy underwear somewhere out there.
“She got to dress up daddy in a pink boa and these, like, big goofy-looking underwear…” the senator explained to millions of Americans watching the event at home, when his daughter interrupted him.
“It was on a videotape the whole time,” she exclaimed. “And that was a class video that they’re sending out to all the parents.”
Is there video of Ted Cruz with a pink boa and big goofy looking underwear?? pic.twitter.com/uXERb1pZPn— Alan He (@alanhe) April 14, 2016
Now there is an image I did NOT need in my head https://t.co/EBPXWVXg6j— Michael Elder (@ftlmike65) April 14, 2016
We need to find this video of Ted Cruz in a pink boa and underwear— Wills Robinson (@Wills_Robinson) April 14, 2016
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The presidential candidate’s wife, Heidi Cruz, also pitched in with a sense-defying anecdote about how her husband bought 100 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup right after they returned from their honeymoon.
“When I married Ted, we got back from our honeymoon, and he went off to the store and came home by himself,” she told host Anderson Cooper. “And I was completely shocked to see that he arrived back at our apartment with literally 100 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup. I never bought 100 of anything.”
As the story goes, the couple had a “tough conversation” about it, which lead to Heidi returning all the cans to the grocery store the next morning while her husband was still asleep. Though, after discussing the issue with her mother, she soon realized the error of her ways. Therefore, when the newlywed Ted Cruz opened the pantry, she told him that she would go back and buy those cans again.
I'm still thinking abt Ted Cruz in manic survival mode filling shopping cart w 100 cans of Chunky soup. can't sleep— Anna (@kcamanna) April 14, 2016
Anderson Cooper: you say 100 cans but you mean a lot of cans of soup, right?— Yeti Wap (@AlwaysWinning1) April 14, 2016
Ted Cruz: No Anderson, [smiling] it was exactly 100.
Things we learned about Ted Cruz at this town hall so far:— Brent (@Brentweets) April 14, 2016
- Bought 100 cans of soup once
- Chases kids and kisses them
- Zodiac killer
That anecdote raises so many questions, the biggest of all which is if America really needs someone like Ted Cruz in the Oval Office?