Ted Cruz Throws A Tantrum And Claims NY Times Is Lying About Him Buying His Own Books


In a statement that read more like a temper tantrum than a defense, Ted Cruz claimed that the New York Times was a liberally biased liar that was blackballing his book.

In a statement that was textbook pandering to right-wing paranoia, the Cruz campaign said:

Their decision to blackball Cruz’s book suggests that the Times very much does not want people to read the book.


There were no “strategic bulk purchases.” Cruz spent last week on a nation-wide book tour, signing copies of his book at multiple locations. Booksellers at each event had long lines—sometimes over 400 people per event.

“The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response—alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’—is a blatant falsehood,” said Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler. “The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher Harper Collins.”

“We call on the Times, release your so-called ‘evidence.’ Demonstrate that your charge isn’t simply a naked fabrication, designed to cover up your own partisan agenda. And, if you cannot do so, then issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and Harper Collins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them.”

The Cruz campaign has been able to provide no evidence that the books were organically purchased. The likely culprit behind the bulk purchase was a collection of super PAC’s working under variations of the name Keep the Promise that all support Ted Cruz. The campaign’s explanation that Cruz is number one on Amazon, a list that can be easily gamed, and that the sales came from book signings makes no sense. Ted Cruz did not sell nearly 12,000 books at a string of book signings.

The reality is that The New York Times caught Cruz’s supporters cheating. After The Times jumped in bed with the right on the bogus Clinton Cash book, it is getting more and more difficult for Republicans like Cruz to use the old liberal bias canard. The Republican practice of buying their way onto the bestseller list is nothing new. It has been going on for years.

Ted Cruz is trying to use the publicity from his cheating to revive his flatlining presidential campaign. If Cruz’s book is popular, and real people are buying it, the book will be on the list next week. It defies logic that a presidential campaign that is stuck at about 4% support is launching a bestseller.

Sen. Cruz got caught trying to rig the game, and now he is throwing a tantrum.

52 Replies to “Ted Cruz Throws A Tantrum And Claims NY Times Is Lying About Him Buying His Own Books”

  1. The amount of outrage is telling. No one screams louder than someone who has gamed the system in his favor- and lost anyway.

    Which is, IMHO, part of the Right Wing outrage about Obama.

    “Who is gonna vote for a Black Guy for President? Senator- you’ll be a shoe in for President against That Guy!”

  2. Got busted crimson fisted with his hand putting store bought cookies in a “Homemade” cookie jar! But “You guys are mean to me!” is the excuse!……WAAUGH!

  3. It’s funny to see them just get all huffy and angry when they get busted.

    Not to mention that no sane person probably wants to read your book, Cuckoo Cruz. How much you want to bet that the numbers are extremely different had the PAC not those books to give away… which I wouldn’t touch because, for all I know, those book could have something icky on it.

  4. Cruz did an interview with Chris Mathews the other night. Mathews kept slobbering on about buying the book. I kept wondering if pitching the book was a requirement for him doing the interview. Or maybe it was just a form of penance, since Mathews seems to spit on anyone he interviews. MSNBC should provide splatter sheilds, except for Cruz.

  5. Just out of curiosity, how many folks can recall without searching on google- what Romney’s book was called?

  6. Acually it’s even worse. This is a nefarious form of back-door bribery and money laundering …a legalized ‘bait-and-switch’ that avoids envelopes of cash exchanged in back rooms of country clubs or GOP resorts / retreats. Direct payments from Cruz’ campaign coffers to his personal bank accounts.

  7. Hey there NYT Cruz is calling you all a liar! Please sue him fast, hard and heavy and make part of the settlement a very highly public apology from Cruz.

  8. Isnt this a Roger Ailes trick, buy up a crapton of books and proclaim “NYT’s bestseller”. Worked for Oreilly and Palin. Always a book ad at the end of a show or appearance.

  9. So you don’t think the NYT should put up or shut up when it comes to proving their allegations about “strategic bulk sales”? Especially when challenged to by the aggrieved party? But then Politicus USA is not known for a fair and balanced approach to the news. Hell they aren’t even known for telling the truth.

  10. Raphael is just another slimy and manipulative LYING tea bagger, gets caught and can’t weazel himself out of it.

  11. This practice on the part of the right wing has long been documented. See “The Republican Noise Machine”, by David Brock.

  12. According to this, Raphael is ineligible to be president

    “Although the Constitution does not go on to define a “natural born Citizen,” the term is understood to mean a person born in the United States or born abroad to parents who are both American citizens. In Obama’s case, his father was not an American citizen. If he had been born abroad he would have been ineligible for the presidency. ”

    Raphael’s father wasn’t a US citizen when Raphael was born in Canada but his mother was.


  13. Heck, SOMEONE has to fair-and-balance out the horsepucky dished out by Fox News. Might as well be PoliticusUSA, Media Matters, PoliticalGates, and the like.

  14. There is also still an unanswered question about whether or not Ted Cruz’ mother and father were legally married when he was born in Calgary. Both mother and father were previously married, but Canadian records show no date of divorce. Were they merely separated from their previous spouses, and achieved divorce at some date later, after Ted was born?


    If that’s the case, that’d make him illegitimate, which also disqualifies him to be President.

  15. No, I don’t think the NYT should “put up or shut up”. They don’t need to let these crooks know how they determine the cheating so they can evade it next time. Let Cruz prove he really sold those books.

  16. two things…

    if ya ain’t cheatin’ ya ain’t tryin’… often attributed to Richard Nixon… may be apocryphal…

    the true sign of a successful grift is that the mark never knows he’s been taken…

  17. Oh, good show. Your right. If his PAC buy boxes of books he get a percentage of the proceeds as personal income. I wonder if he pays his taxes on that money, or claims it on some sort of expenses.

  18. Well, for the comment that being illegitimate disqualifies him for the presidency, there is nothing in the Constitution or in any statutes covering a “natural born citizen”. that disqualifies him.

    Now, the law states that a natural born citizen is either born in the U.S., or if out of country, born to A citizen of the U. S.


    The article also states;

    “There are plenty of serious issues to debate in the upcoming presidential election cycle. The less time spent dealing with specious objections to candidate eligibility, the better.”

    I don’t like Ted Cruz, I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher. But there is little evidence that he is disqualified by his birth. I’m tired of people questioning the eligibility of the candidates. That crap was pulled on President Obama. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

  19. I saw him on Chris Mathews. I changed the channel, Cruz sets my hair on fire! Who would buy this traitors book??

  20. Tip toe roaches, like Ted, is one of the roaches on the AntiRaid board. When you tiptoe across the cupboard, stay as quiet as possible. Ted tripped over a drop of Pepsi and lost his balance.

  21. The book sales are legit. I was at one of his book signings and there were hundreds of people buying the book and getting them signed.

    I hear alot of hot air in most of these posts but no “facts”. The NY Times is anti-Cruz and is trying to use its power to selectively discriminate against him.

    It’s Obvious !

  22. All books have a ISBN code on the back side or inside cover, Now if a person buys a crate of a particulr book, the ISBN code # is attributed to that one persona. Say I purchased 30 books with ISBN #222. Well on the register’s system it would notate customer x purchased ISBN#22 X 30. That is not 30 people buying my book, it is 1 person buying 30 copies of my book. Bookstore want true sales that would make it a bestseller. Ted tried to cheat, got caught and now he’s pissed because he got caught. Idiot!

  23. I understand it’s a liberal site but c’mon nobody likes this guy. Cruz reminds me too much of Richard Nixon and the “I am not a crook” is not working.

  24. “There are plenty of serious issues to debate in the upcoming presidential election cycle. The less time spent dealing with specious objections to candidate eligibility, the better.”

    That’s funny after all the BS with Obama.

  25. This article is a joke. And all part of the game I might add. Here’s and idea, why don’t you all just vote for Hillary Clinton so our country can continue to go straight down the shitter. Who cares what “party” Sen. Cruz belongs to, he’s a good, honest man that actually cares for people and his country. How anyone could describe his campaign as “flat-lining” is beyond me. And by all means, believe the government owned media…I’m sure they are telling the truth

  26. Beth:

    You’re ranting. Take two aspirin every four hours until your fever breaks. Drink lots of non alcoholic clear liquids, make sure you get a lot of roughage in your diet: that stuff in your bowels is backing up into your brain.

  27. Harper Collins has issued a rare statement confronting the New York Times and supporting Ted Cruz. So, basically this article is now meaningless. Well done.

  28. He’s the first person to ever make me seriously consider the “lizard people” claims. He’s slime.

  29. Rupert Murdoch owns Harper Collins – oh well named one.

    Where have I heard that name in connection with other Republican astroturfing?

    Fail yet again, Mr. Paid Shill.

  30. And by all means, believe the government owned media…

    Oh Now it’s the GOVERNMENT owned media, eh?

    Time to take your meds and put on your tinfoil hat Beth.

  31. Raphael Cruz is a sleazy politician.
    he shut down the government costing the US taxpayers millions of dollars.

    Can’t stand him and hope to God he goes back to Texas and has no ability to destroy the US government

  32. Poor baby Teddy is having another temper tantrum because he didn’t get his own way.

    Go to your corner and chill out.

    Great article.

  33. Raphael Cruz is a sleazy, slimy, piece of sh*t. His election is a prime example of the uneducated, ignorant fools in this state. They would elect a child molester if there was an R by their name.

  34. ‘the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz’…

    Funny, Ted “The Sludge” has no integrity to begin with, so how could it possibly be ‘impugned’?

  35. With all due respect Beth, if Ted Cruz was REALLY concerned about our nation, he would begin by showing respect for our duly-elected President, our Constitution, for his constituents … for all.

    Instead, Cruz has repeatedly shown that he is solely concerned with himself. Yes, he is a narcissist, puffed up with his own self-importance, a brand of so-called Christianity that is foreign to everything Jesus, a radical and a socialist, spoke out against.

    Cruz has disdain for the poor, the marginalized, immigrants, hatred for everyone else, especially those with whom he, and his father Rafael, disagree.

    I hope I’m not being judgmental. I’m calling it as he has portrayed himself to be.

    It’s about time Cruz remember the purpose he was elected to be senator — to SERVE, not to foster his or big $$ agenda upon our great nation to obliterate our government.

    SERVICE – MUST be his top priority as it must be, of EACH member of Congress not to worship at the altar of greed and power.

  36. Jason Easley, thank you for another well- written article.

    Perhaps the time has come for Ted Cruz to be given a pacifier usually given to “fussy” babies.

  37. Since the original incident where NYT claimed that Ted Cruz bulk purchased books, Harper Collins, Amazon and Barnes and Nobles have all come out to refute the claim saying there is no evidence of bulk sales.

    Hopefully people will be willing to accept the three book seller’s claims instead of one liberal newspaper’s claims.

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