Conservative New York Times columnist Brett Stephens on Tuesday denounced Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as “a serpent covered in Vaseline.”
“He’s like a serpent covered in Vaseline,” Stephens said of the former GOP presidential candidate. “Because he treats the American people like two-bit suckers in 10-gallon hats.”
“Because he sucks up to the guy who insulted his wife — by retweet, no less,” he added, referring to Cruz’s support of President Trump following the president’s tweet attacking his wife’s looks.
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“Because of his phony piety and even phonier principles,” Stephens said. “Because his ethics are purely situational. Because he makes Donald Trump look like a human being by comparison.”
“Because his fellow politicians detest him, and that’s just among Republicans,” he said. “Because he never got over being the smartest kid in eighth grade.”
“Because he’s the type of man who would sell his family into slavery if that’s what it took to get elected,” Stephens added. “And that he would use said slavery as a sob story to get himself reelected.”
Stephens expressed his support for Cruz’s opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), noting he likes “the idea that Texas can turn a bit purple if you have a candidate with energy, wit and a human touch.”