The Progressive Campaign Change Committee launched an ad on Saturday targeting Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) with President Donald Trump's criticisms of the incumbent Republican.
The 30-second "Fire Lyin' Ted Cruz" ad spot features voiceovers of then-candidate Trump excoriating primary rival Cruz during the 2016 election cycle, including Trump's famous nickname for Cruz, "Lyin' Ted."
"I'm Donald Trump and I must tell you something about Ted Cruz," the ad begins. "I have never ever ever met a person that lies more than Ted Cruz."
Juxtaposed over images of Cruz, Trump is heard calling the Senator "one of the great liars of all time" and "Lyin' Ted, Lyin' Ted."
Cruz "holds the Bible high and then he lies, he lies. I think it's very inappropriate," Trump said at a CNN town hall.
"Ted Cruz... he's taken so much money from so many different people," the ad continues, "I mean, he's totally controlled."
Cruz is a "nasty guy," according to Trump in 2016. "Nobody likes him, nobody in Congress likes him."
The ad concludes with Trump assailing Cruz for not being a "truthful person," and that "Cruz is the most dishonest person I've ever met in politics."
Watch the ad below:
Cruz is fighting to keep his seat against Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, a progressive that has surged in the polls and become a rising star in the Democratic Party.
Actor Mark Ruffalo wrote on Twitter that "even a broken clock is right twice a day," referring to Trump.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/RFDWGJxjsD— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1541447446.0
@MarkRuffalo @MalcolmNance Trump is not a clock; he's the 1878 Sharecropper's Almanac.— Rachel Rawlings 🆘️ (@Rachel Rawlings 🆘️)1541447942.0
@MarkRuffalo Eh...just toss out the broken clock and get a new one that actually works. 😉😁— LaRhonda Banner (@LaRhonda Banner)1541447804.0
For his part, Cruz has lashed out at Trump in the past.
@MarkRuffalo @MalcolmNance That clip and this clip make wonderful bookends. https://t.co/umlEMPCBLy— John Stinchcomb (@John Stinchcomb)1541448543.0
Others on social media think it's funny that Cruz just "lies there at takes it" from Trump. Sad!
@MarkRuffalo And Cruz just lays there and takes it lol— Pete⚾️ (@Pete⚾️)1541447848.0
@MarkRuffalo I have never cared for the guy had always reminded me of a good old boy.— Dianna Elizalde (@Dianna Elizalde)1541448979.0
@MarkRuffalo @MalcolmNance Cruz destroyed himself, he a first class patsy looking like a deer glaring into a set of headlights.— Rafiq Mustafaa (@Rafiq Mustafaa)1541448087.0
Trump also blasted Cruz on Twitter during the 2016 primaries; in fact, in the two years leading up to the 2016 election, Trump tweet-trashed Cruz 121 times.
In recent months, however, Trump has changed his tune on Cruz.
Compare this tweet from February 2016, in which Trump said Cruz had done nothing for Texas...
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 (@Donald J. Trump)1456678033.0
...to what Trump said last month - a total 180 (there's always a tweet).
Ted Cruz has done so much for Texas, including massive cuts in taxes and regulations - which has brought Texas to t… https://t.co/SCI2SJDAKa— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1539777611.0
The stark contrast is evidence of Trump's concern over which party will control Congress, an outcome that will be determined in tomorrow's midterm elections.
The PCCC claims the ad has been seen by more than a million people.
Adam Green, the co-founder of the Change Campaign Super PAC, said the ad portrays Cruz for what he is - a liar.
“Our ad is designed to remind Trump voters exactly what Donald Trump really thinks of Ted Cruz — he’s a liar who’s bought and paid for by special interests," said Green. "With polls tightening, Beto O’Rourke is inspiring Republican, independent, and Democratic voters across Texas and driving turn out in numbers Texas hasn’t seen in decades. Trump voters are the only chance Cruz has to keep his seat — and they won’t be a sure vote after hearing Trump himself calling out Cruz’s dishonesty.