5 Things You Should Know About Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is much more than just a presidential candidate.

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) confirmed his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia on March 23, 2015.

He shot to fame after a 21-hour filibuster in which he attacked President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in 2013. However, that is not the only thing prospective voters should remember about him.

Here’s a bunch of other stuff Cruz is (in)famous for:

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His anti-gay sentiments

The tea party favorite was billed the GOP’s new “anti-gay rock star” last year – and rightfully so.

Cruz introduced a bill to the Senate to amend U.S. law “with regard to the definition of 'marriage' and 'spouse' for federal purposes and to ensure respect for state regulation of marriage,” last February and later went after Houston’s openly gay Mayor Annise Parker.

He also orchestrated a Draconian campaign, asking supporters to flood Parker’s home with Bibles.

As well as anti-Muslim ones

It’s not just gays. Ted Cruz is also notorious for his anti-Muslim statements.

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He has been called a “schoolyard bully”

Quite unsurprisingly, Cruz is really not that popular in the Senate.

Minority leader Harry Reid once called him a "schoolyard bully" during budget negotiations in May, 2013.

“My friend from Texas is like the schoolyard bully,” Reid said. “He pushes everybody around and is losing, and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him but changes the rules. That way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people he has won. We’re asking Republicans to play by the rules and let us go to conference.”

He is a hypocrite

It’s just ironic – and incredibly hypocritical at the same time – that Cruz, who, as we mentioned, rose to prominence for his anti-Affordable Care Act filibuster, signed up for Obamacare himself.

After Heidi Nelson Cruz, his wife, quit her job at Goldman Sachs, the Cruz family needed a plan for its health insurance and interestingly enough Obamacare turned out to be the best option.

“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even laws I disagree with,” Cruz told CNN in a recent interview.

Also a pathological liar

In 2010, Cruz claimed that he saw, during his time at Harvard, 12 communists on the teaching staff of the law school who wanted the “overthrow of the U.S government."

It was a false assertion, of course, but the tea party hero remained convinced of the infiltration.

Also, it’s just astounding that you get around 7,890,000 results when you type "Ted Cruz lies" into Google.

Apart from that, here’s a sub-list of people who have called Cruz a liar on live television: