When Donald Trump ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, he popularized the term “Lyin’ Ted” when referring to his then-opponent Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Despite much animosity between the two candidates then, Cruz is locked in a tough reelection battle now, and he has asked the president to come to Texas to help him campaign.
But anti-Cruz activists in Texas are not going to let Trump and Cruz forget the past, and they have raised nearly ten thousand dollars to pay for a billboard to show Texans what Trump had to say about Cruz just two years ago.
“David Hogg helps raise thousands to place billboard of Trump‘s anti-Cruz tweet in Texas”
— The Hill (@thehill) September 3, 2018
A GoFundMe page organized by USA Latinx, a political group focused on supporting Latin candidates, easily exceeded its $6,000 fundraising goal in just a few hours. Anti-gun activist and Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor David Hogg helped promote the project, as did Claude Taylor, the chairman of the liberal Mad Dog PAC.
“President Donald Trump will be campaigning to help Sen. Ted Cruz win his re-election,” the page reads. “A rally is being planned, according to Trump ‘at the biggest stadium in Texas.’ We are planning to display the president’s own words about Cruz from 2016 on a mobile billboard, to remind Texans of the truth.”
Trump recently announced that an October rally is in the works to lend Cruz support. “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find,” Trump said Friday on Twitter.
The proposed sign will feature a February 2016 tweet from Trump criticizing Cruz as an “all talk, no action” politician.
“Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them,” Trump‘s tweet reads. “He is another all talk, no action pol!”
Trump, after being asked for help by Cruz, agreed to campaign for the senator in his tough Senate race against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Recent polls have shown Cruz and O’Rourke to be in a very close race, and few people have given the challenger much of a chance to beat the incumbent in deep-red Texas.
After Trump announced he was coming to Texas to help Cruz campaign Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti immediately said that he would also have a rally in Texas at the same time as the president.
“I am excited to announce that I will be leading a large resistance rally in Texas at the exact same time of Trump’s (details tba). All groups are welcome to join. We must fight fire with fire and we must send a message that we will fight to make America America again.”
I am excited to announce that I will be leading a large resistance rally in Texas at the exact same time of Trump’s (details tba). All groups are welcome to join. We must fight fire with fire and we must send a message that we will fight to make America America again. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 2, 2018
As we wrote in PoliticusUSA yesterday:
“Avenatti is openly flirting with running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, but the idea that the lawyer for Story Daniels is going to be rallying at the same time as Trump is the ultimate troll job. The message to Trump is that his scandals and crimes are following him. Donald Trump can’t escape his past deeds, and Michael Avenatti is going to serve as a living reminder in Texas.”
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.