Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) announced on Thursday that he is “certainly considering” running for president
However, the Texas Republican
’s subsequent reasoning for a second presidential run drew a lot of laughter on Twitter
. “I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” Cruz said on Newsmax
Is @tedcruz thinking about a presidential run in 2024? The Senator tells Newsmax, "I'm certainly looking at it... 2016 was the most fun I've ever had in my life. We came incredibly close." @Tom_Basile pic.twitter.com/pkvMJCOpki — Newsmax (@newsmax) July 1, 2021
To summarize, Cruz was defeated by Donald Trump
for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
During the campaign, Trump mocked Cruz's wife
, Heidi Cruz, and falsely claimed Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, giving him the derogatory nickname "Lyin' Ted." Trump also suggested the Canadian-born senator "may not even have a legal right to run."
Cruz, for his part, initially referred to Trump as a "sniveling coward," but has since become one of his staunchest supporters.
It was a lot of fun.
Cruz's reasoning baffled critics:
Remember when Trump claimed your father had ties to JFK's assassin? Good times. — Dave Peck (@SkierPecks) July 1, 2021
I'm sure Heidi enjoyed herself as well. — Edward Oh (@EdwardHBOh) July 1, 2021
— Chanandler Bong (@_ChanandlerB_) July 2, 2021
THU, JUL 1ST, 2021Ted Cruz Says He's Serious About Running For President Again in 2024Where?? In Cancun?? — [email protected]
(@Paulett14584593) July 2, 2021
Of course he is, and he will kiss every part of Donald Trump's body
he needs to kiss in order to win the nomination. https://t.co/GVKfr4fjQM
— Joe Walsh
(@WalshFreedom) July 1, 2021
I believe that @TedCruz defines fun differently than most people
. pic.twitter.com/nA4Vj2Kz5Y — Soros-Funded Deep State Operative (@ExGOPer) July 1, 2021
Remember when Trump referred to him as "Lyin' Ted" and said his wife was ugly? Good times. — CW
Jumper (@CW_Jumper) July 1, 2021
Remember how I said a lot of these GOP bros enjoy humiliation?Ted Cruz Says He Had 'Fun' in 2016 and Might Run Again https://t.co/WN8VaCLtcd
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 1, 2021