During the 2016 presidential election, no love was lost between Republican rivals and outsider Donald Trump. Insults routinely flew between the GOP insiders and the New York businessman.
And as is his wont, Trump took to Twitter to further debase a certain Texas Senator. Now one of those Trump tweets about Ted Cruz is being used by those trying to defeat the incumbent Republican in November’s midterm election.
And they are using it in a very big way.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) September 9, 2018
A 22-foot-long truck sporting one of Trump’s tweets directed at Cruz is making the rounds in Texas. What began as a joke led to a GoFundMe effort to buy a billboard showing what Trump said about Cruz. The truck sports this Trump Twitter post:
Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
But once the funding goal was met, Antonio Arellano—a Houston-based activist and Latinx community organizer—decided a rolling billboard would reach more voters. Rather than be limited to a single spot, a truck became the location for their message.
Activists David Hogg and Claude Taylor also joined the effort and celebrated online after the funding goal achievement. Hogg also shared that there was no shortage of Trump insult tweets for Cruz.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 2, 2018
Arellano finally decided on the tweet featured on the truck. Since then, the truck spawned its own hashtag, #TrumpTweetTruck, and has been spotted around Texas at different events.
— Antonio (@AntonioArellano) October 1, 2018
We love the #TrumpTweetTruck. It has a simple message from Trump to voters in Texas: “Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them,” Trump’s 2016 tweet read. “He is another all talk, no action pol!”
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) September 22, 2018
— TrumpTweetTruck (@TrumpTweetTruc1) September 29, 2018
— Matiur Rahman (@MatiurDC) October 2, 2018
— Gina Dutton (@dutton_gina) October 1, 2018
— Libby (@Mad_Libs4) September 29, 2018
— Don Eduardo De La Huerta (@spagheddieee) September 23, 2018
While Arellano capped the original funding after $,9,760.00, he may seek further funding to send the truck further out of central Texas.
— Rolf Budden (@Shane_Anthony94) October 2, 2018
The relationship between President Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz is complicated.