Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is notoriously unpopular with his colleagues in Congress; up until this point, he hasn’t received a single endorsement from any fellow senators, aside from Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who called Cruz “a tireless defender of the Constitution.”
Now, in a priceless turn of events, it appears previous presidential contender, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has decided to be the second brave soul to jump on board for Cruz.
In February, Graham was extremely frustrated with the direction of the Republican Party, accurately declaring during a Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner that “the party has gone batsh*t crazy.”
During this same dinner, he joked that, “If you [killed] Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,” which is a hilariously sad testament to Cruz’s unlikability.
(Cruz’s former college roommate infamously said that, “His personality is so awful that 99 percent of why I hate him is just his personality. If he agreed with me on every issue, I would hate him only one percent less.”)
Graham has also declared that, “If you nominate Trump and Cruz, I think you get the same outcome. Whether it’s death by being shot or poisoning doesn’t really matter.” He even said Cruz’s foreign policy positions were “just as wrong as [Obama’s], if not worse,” which is about the worst insult you can throw at a Republican.
Yet Graham has suddenly changed his position, most likely due to the dangerous rise of Trump. He told CNN that, “I think Sen. Cruz is a conservative who I can support” and called him the “best alternative” to Trump—an extremely weak endorsement, but an endorsement nonetheless. According to CNN, Graham is hosting a fundraiser for Cruz; in the invitation, he calls Cruz “a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Graham has evidently decided to be either “shot or poisoned,” as he—himself—put it.
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