The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

endorsethisbanner

A lot of people suspected this, but now Ted Cruz has actually been secretly recorded saying it at a big fundraiser, in audio obtained by The New York Times: His campaign is based on a strategy of just waiting for Donald Trump and Ben Carson to fail — because the American people ultimately wouldn’t want either of those guys “having their finger on the button.”

“So my approach, much to the frustration of the media, has been to bear hug both of them, and smother them with love,” he told his donors, so that eventually “the lion’s share of their supporters come to us.”

And well, Donald Trump isn’t happy.

Friday morning, The Donald tweeted the following, with full bravado and gusto:

And now Cruz has responded — with an attempt to totally back down from the fight into which he’s just gotten himself:

Sorry, that’s not going to work. Cruz has long said he wasn’t going to badmouth Trump. But now he has — and Trump is going to come right after him.

Update: We were waiting to see what Trump’s response would be to Cruz’s attempt at backpedaling. Then late Friday afternoon, The Donald did indeed respond — by retweeting Cruz’s message onto his own Twitter page.

Audio via The New York Times.

Get More to Endorse Delivered to Your Inbox

[sailthru_widget fields=”email,ZipCode” sailthru_list=”Endorse This Sign Up”]

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, speaks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him.

Photo by Kevin McCarthy (Public domain)

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus surging in the United States — especially in red states with large numbers of unvaccinated Americans — Capitol physician Brian Monahan is reinstituting a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is honoring that mandate, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pandering to the GOP's MAGA base, is opposed. And when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about McCarthy's opposition, she had some scathing words for the California congressman.

Keep reading... Show less
x

Close