The announcement that President Donald Trump would be campaigning for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) raised many eyebrows.
The two butted heads repeatedly over the course of the 2016 campaign, with Trump even insinuating that Cruz’s wife was ugly. But to assure that the hatchet was buried ahead of a neck-and-neck election between Cruz and Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke, Trump said he not only intended to stump for Cruz, but to do so in the largest stadium available.
I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018
It appears now that plans have changed.
The October 22nd rally will now be held at Houston’s NRG Arena, which seats 8,000 – only 94,000 fewer seats than the biggest stadium in Texas. Representatives for Trump said that there was no bigger stadium available.
Americans can’t stop mocking the downgrade.
The facility serves as the primary horse competition facility for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. So appropriate given the amount of ______________ that will be spewed. pic.twitter.com/supTmnyLVL
— THE REPORT DID NOT EXONERATE (@carpediembud) October 15, 2018
@realDonaldTrump Not only did you not get the biggest stadium in Texas, you didn’t even get the biggest venue in Houston. BTW….Houston overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. 😂😂😂😂 #BetoForTexas https://t.co/beC3DgCSVx
— Reba Strickland (@reba_strickland) October 16, 2018
The “biggest stadium in Texas” is Kyle Field, which seats 102,733.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium seats 100,119
AT&T Stadium seats 100,000
NRG Stadium seats 71,995.
The Trump/Cruz rally will be held at NRG Arena, which seats only 8,000. 🤣😂🤣 https://t.co/1pbxc1DSzF
— "CRAZY" Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) October 16, 2018
Some weren’t buying the Trump team’s explanation.
If that little venue in Houston is the biggest stadium Trump could find, he needs to add blindness to those bone spurs already on his list. https://t.co/FoLD9OMh2n
— Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) October 16, 2018
— Ursula Faw (@ursulafaw56) October 16, 2018
The reactions have also called attention to the difference in charisma between Senator Cruz and his opponent Beto O’Rourke.