Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz is in a tight race to retain his Senate seat. Canadian born Cruz faces El Paso born and raised Democrat Beto O'Rourke who hopes to trade in his seat in the House of Representatives for Cruz's seat in the Senate.
With the competition tight and time running out, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to try to bolster Cruz's support in Texas by attacking O'Rourke. In his tweet, the President said:
"Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!"
Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and de… https://t.co/KMVQTfS9Zt— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1539970447.0
But people never forgot that back during the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Trump had something very different to say about Ted Cruz. And his wife. And his father.
@realDonaldTrump Is there another tweet today or was this your full purge of BS, exaggerations and fear mongering r… https://t.co/xToJG7cmCu— The Wiseman Said🗨️ (@The Wiseman Said🗨️)1539974112.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/JzNVt4EtPZ— Kyle State (@Kyle State)1539974032.0
@realDonaldTrump Do you mean this guy 👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/QdQYUwBVGO— Barbara Marshall (@Barbara Marshall)1539973893.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/NJ1Gcbs0Dm— *GMQ* HILLARY WARNED US - GIF/MEME👑 I TYPE W CAPS (@*GMQ* HILLARY WARNED US - GIF/MEME👑 I TYPE W CAPS)1539975146.0
@realDonaldTrump So Lyin' @tedcruz, whose dad killed Kennedy, is bringing you to Houston with his ugly wife to fill… https://t.co/WODGUCnNAK— Nita Cosby (@Nita Cosby)1539974788.0
@realDonaldTrump Sure Donnie, Ted Cruz can’t even stand up to a putz like you calling his wife a dog and accusing h… https://t.co/rAAYFHFiAb— Hadley Sheley (@Hadley Sheley)1539976233.0
@realDonaldTrump Are you talking of the guy you nick named "Lyin' Ted", and insulted his WIFE ON TWITTER BY PERSONA… https://t.co/QNNgbWSenb— Bonnie Boden (@Bonnie Boden)1539974740.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is SO right. Don’t vote for all talk no action politician Ted Cruz https://t.co/U1R3xHG8Br— Blue New World (@Blue New World)1539977128.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/Xh0pfAZFfu— Bogart (@Bogart)1539974891.0
@realDonaldTrump Remember when you said his dad conspired to kill JFK?— Tara B (@Tara B)1539975576.0
People also disagreed with Trump's assessment of O'Rourke—and Cruz—and let the President know.
The President's tweet attacking O'Rourke failed to garner positive feedback online.
@realDonaldTrump The News Journal of Longview disagrees with you. Here is the thing you might not get Texas becaus… https://t.co/ZnxACGSxYZ— 🌊🌊Xiomara Covfefe with hamberders 🌊🌊 (@🌊🌊Xiomara Covfefe with hamberders 🌊🌊)1539974070.0
@realDonaldTrump What, what? #TedCruz has a few screws loose. #Beto is the only choice for #Texas. https://t.co/2hpjNGjfa0— StopTheWorld (@StopTheWorld)1539973560.0
@realDonaldTrump BETO O'Rourke has more patriotism in his little pinky than in the entire New York City Trump Crime… https://t.co/Y39wXF8wXR— IMPEACH BENEDICT DONALD NOW! (@IMPEACH BENEDICT DONALD NOW!)1539973649.0
Others did not see an endorsement from Trump as a positive for Cruz.
@realDonaldTrump Are you saying Ted supports violence against Free Press, sexual abuse, bodyslamming, locking up in… https://t.co/D4aW81jCMl— In Search Of Treasonous Helsinki Notes (@In Search Of Treasonous Helsinki Notes)1539974772.0
On Thursday, another President posted their endorsement of Beto O'Rourke for Senate. Vicente Fox Quesada, the former President of Mexico, posted a video on his Twitter feed supporting O'Rourke. He captioned his video:
"[Beto O'Rourke], what a candidate you are! You not only understand America, you know about humanity. This is what the U.S. needs: someone compassionate yet firm. I stand with you because I believe you’re what America needs."
.@BetoORourke, what a candidate you are! You not only understand America, you know about humanity. This is what the… https://t.co/YJlcvqWkXs— Vicente Fox Quesada (@Vicente Fox Quesada)1539909124.0