Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will continue to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, despite recently leaked audiotape of the business mogul bragging about groping women.
On Oct. 10, Cruz asserted that he would not be withdrawing his recent endorsement for Trump, citing that he wanted to do everything he could to prevent Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from becoming president.
“I am supporting the Republican nominee because I think Hillary Clinton is an absolute disaster,” Cruz said during an agricultural tour in West Texas, according to The Texas Tribune.
Cruz had previously criticized Trump’s recently leaked comments about using his celebrity to grope and kiss women without permission in 2005 as “disturbing and inappropriate.”
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“Now my differences with Donald, I have articulated at great length during the campaign and I tried with all my might,” Cruz added, referencing how he had campaigned against Trump during the GOP primary.
While Republican lawmakers have been rescinding their endorsements for the nominee in droves, Cruz’s commitment to supporting the nominee is remarkable given that the two engaged in an acrimonious verbal war just five months earlier.
“This man is a pathological liar,” Cruz said of Trump on May 3, during the final days of his presidential campaign, according to the Los Angeles Times. “He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”
The public relationship between the two presidential candidates had soured after Trump implied that Cruz’s wife was physically ugly and had promoted a conspiracy theory that his father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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As his prospects to win the GOP nomination withered, Cruz slammed Trump as “a narcissist at a level that I don’t think this country has ever seen … Morality does not exist for him.”
The Texas senator had also accused Trump of being a “serial philanderer … And he boasts about it.”
During the Republican National Convention in July, Cruz had bucked the call for party unity by refusing to endorse Trump on stage, urging voters to instead, “Vote your conscience,” reports CNBC.
“I’m not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said shortly after that speech, according to CNN. The Texas senator had equated supporting Trump to being a “servile puppy.”
On Sept. 23, Cruz made a dramatic reversal by officially endorsing Trump, stating that “if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for [Trump].”
Now that the Trump campaign has become engulfed in controversy, Cruz remains committed to the GOP nominee. The Texas senator concluded that Trump would still be preferable to Clinton.
“This is an election unlike any other but I’ll tell you, Hillary Clinton, I think, is manifestly unfit to be president,” Cruz said. “The policies she’s advancing are the continuation of eight years of Barack Obama.”