When it comes to politics, Ted Cruz is way more familiar with browbeating people into his way of action, whether it's shaming voters with mailers or promising to carpet bomb the Middle East. So it's no surprise that his warm, cuddly side needs a lot of work.
The Texas Republican senator was recently seen struggling to get a hug from his 7-year-old daughter, Caroline, who made weird faces at him, and gestured to push her father away.
The scenario is one that most parents are familiar with, since children at this age usually aren’t very open to public displays of affection — and most haven't been trotted out on the the campaign trail for months to boot.
Critics on social media didn’t miss the chance to call out Cruz and his relationship with the child, as they drew comparisons of his personal life with his struggle in U.S. politics.
This GIF of Ted Cruz trying to get a hug from his daughter mirrors my feelings when I hear him talk. [shutter] https://t.co/OARjQlPtjK— Spocko (@spockosbrain) February 1, 2016
Ted Cruz's own daughter won't hug him. She must know he isn't her real dad because Ted is a fat virgin. https://t.co/W3gR9uGgPQ— Evo (@I_Am_Vo) February 1, 2016
Ted Cruz daughter , flicks her fingers at Daddy, refuses his affection, hug: https://t.co/RNUWPKlqMU -- even kids hate jerks.— ddsnorth ™ (@ddsnorth) February 1, 2016
On the other hand, some were more understanding of the incident, and didn’t think it was a big deal.
I don't think Ted Cruz's daughter's reaction is that different from most 7 year old Canadian girls when their parents try to hug them— Sports Masochist (@CarcelMousineau) January 31, 2016
Cruz has spent nearly his entire presidential campaign trying to get people to like him more than Donald Trump. It's a familiar battle, considering he is apparently the most hated man in the Congress. But who knows if the tables will turn in his favor during Monday's Iowa caucus, the first major test of the presidential primaries.