After Attacking Ted Cruz’s Wife, Planting JFK Assassination Story, Trump Dangles SCOTUS Seat

Donald Trump has lashed out at Ted Cruz numerous times. When the two were opponents in the 2016 presidential race, Trump called Cruz a liar and attacked Cruz’s wife’s appearance. Most recently, Michael Cohen revealed that Trump was behind the appearance of Cruz’s father on a tabloid cover that linked him to Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination. Now, Trump has put Cruz on a shortlist of options for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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For years, a popular question has been, “How can Ted Cruz support Donald Trump after Trump attacked his wife and family?”

In 2016, Trump had a lot to say about Cruz and his family. He called his opponent “lyin’ Ted” in debates, speeches, and tweets. He tweeted an image comparing an unflattering photo of Cruz’ wife to a runway-ready headshot of Melania.

There were National Enquirer headlines at the time suggesting a link between Ted Cruz’ father and Lee Harvey Oswald, and that Cruz’s father was tied to the JFK assassination. In his recent book, Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime ‘fixer,’ revealed that Trump was actually behind those stories. In an interview after the book’s release, Rachel Maddow asked Cohen if Senator Cruz knew that Trump was responsible for the rumors. “He does now,” replied Cohen.

After all of this, on Wednesday Donald Trump released a shortlist of names he’s chosen to fill SCOTUS seats that become available during his time as president. Ted Cruz is included in the list.

Despite years of having his family trashed by Trump, and the recent revelation that the president was behind tabloid rumors about his father as a criminal accomplice, Cruz responded graciously, saying he’s “grateful for the president’s confidence,” and calling the considerations a “humbling and high honor.”

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