Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Beto O’Rourke adopts Trump insult, branding GOP opponent ‘Lyin’ Ted’

Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke says he addresses crowds in English and Spanish because he wants to make sure everyone is represented Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke says he addresses crowds in English and Spanish because he wants to make sure everyone is represented
Melinda Barton | 17 October, 2018, 16:38

President Donald Trump once called Sen.

Beto O'Rourke attacked Ted Cruz in a raucous Texas debate, calling him dishonest and resurrecting the senator's nickname of "Lyin" Ted'.

Cruz's retort: "It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack". O'Rourke responded: "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you" adding "it's why the president called him Lyin' Ted and its why the nickname stuck".

Cruz fired back, telling O'Rourke his universal health care plans didn't make sense even using "elementary school math" and alluded to his declining odds at the polls.

He also noted that his monster fundraising has come without accepting donations from outside political groups, but Cruz said O'Rourke still "goes with the left-wing national activists and left-wing national donors".

Now Houston-based filmmaker Richard Linklater ("Slacker", "Dazed and Confused", "Boyhood", etc.) is reviving the weirdness in a new Fire Ted Cruz PAC ad (below)-a sequel to last week's "Is Ted Cruz "Tough As Texas"?" spot ("Watch the strangely delightful Richard Linklater-directed "Fire Ted Cruz" ad that's gone viral").

O'Rourke is trailing behind Cruz in the latest polls, despite his record-setting $38 million in campaign funds last quarter.

Some examples of O'Rourke's flights of fancy: the Post itself gave O'Rourke "Four Pinocchios" for his claim that he did not try to leave the scene of an accident in 1998 when he was driving drunk.

Still, Cruz has been a full-throated supporter of Trump's since they battled during the presidential race - and hopes that the joint appearance will assuage some conservatives around the state who were angered by the past animosity.

While Cruz praised White Castle, O'Rourke is frequently spotted at Whataburger. He said he can work with the president and criticized O'Rourke for saying he's in favor of impeaching the president.

"Really interesting to hear you talk about a partisan circus after your six years in the U.S. Senate", O'Rourke shot back, drawing laughs from the audience. He accused his opponent of being "all talk and no action".

O'Rourke criticized Trump for alienating trade partners like Canada and Mexico, and said his trade war is "hurting no state more than it's hurting Texas". But with polls showing him slipping farther behind just three weeks before the November 6 election, and six days before early voting starts in Texas, O'Rourke switched his approach.

Cue a clip of Cruz declaring that "I'm a big fan of eating White Castle burgers".