Texas Senator Ted Cruz reportedly slammed evangelical Christians that supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, telling friends there was something “fundamentally wrong” with evangelical Christians who supported the then-presidential candidate, The New York Times reported.
“If you’re a faithful person, if you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, emerged from the grave three days later and gives eternal life, and you’re supporting Donald Trump, I think there’s something fundamentally wrong with you,” the former Republican presidential candidate told friends according to the new book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump,” The New York Times reported.
The book by Tim Alberta reveals that Trump became incensed with evangelical allies of the Texas senator after they criticized him for stumbling in his reference to a book of the Bible during the 2016 campaign.
Bob Vander Plaats, a well-known Iowa evangelical leader, criticized Trump after he referred to Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians” in an appearance at Liberty University.
The criticism reportedly led Trump to lash out at “so-called Christians” and used an epithet in describing them to a party official, according to the book.
“Mr. Trump was incensed by Mr. Vander Plaats and others ‘hanging around with Ted,’ and referred to them in the most vulgar of terms,” The New York Times reported.
Since then, the two have joined forces, and Mr. Cruz has at times vociferously defended Mr. Trump.
Cruz has since joined forces with the president, looking past his “Lyin’ Ted” insults and smears against his wife, Heidi.
“God bless Texas — and God bless President Donald Trump.” Ted Cruz said at a 2018 campaign rally. “I’m going to make a prediction to every person here: In 2020, Donald Trump will be overwhelmingly re-elected as president of the United States. I am honored that President Trump is here endorsing and supporting my campaign and I look forward to campaigning alongside him in 2020.”