Cruz Bravely Addresses Trump’s Tweets: ‘I Wish He Would Say Things Differently’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) listens during the nomination hearing of Kelly Craft, President Trump's nominee to be Representative to the United Nations, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2019. (Photo ... Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) listens during the nomination hearing of Kelly Craft, President Trump's nominee to be Representative to the United Nations, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 20, 2019 10:08 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sighed his way out of denouncing President Donald Trump’s recent bout of racist rhetoric aimed at “the squad,” telling PBS’ Margaret Hoover that he wishes “he would say things differently.”

“The President regularly says and tweets things I wish he didn’t say,” Cruz said. “Look, I wish he would say things differently. I don’t have the power to change that.”

“He is who he is,” he concluded. “He’s not going to change.”

When pushed on if Trump’s rhetoric would hurt his reelection chances, Cruz dodged the questions, attempting to pivot to foreign policy.

Here’s TPM’s rundown of Republican responses to Trump’s attack on the squad, particularly on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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