On a scale of 1 to waiting in line at the DMV, Ted Cruz is like stepping on a lego barefoot. At least, that seems to be the consensus from anyone who’s ever had to interact with him. Ever since Cruz’s campaign started, people can’t keep themselves from coming out of the woodwork to express just how much they loathe him. Which is a difficult position to be in when you’re trying to win the Republican presidential bid for the 2016 election.
Recently, former House Speaker John Boehner – who is retired and in full DGAF mode, btw – didn’t hide how much he dislikes Cruz. “Lucifer in the flesh,” he said, according to NPR. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” Ouch.
And though Boehner’s remark is certainly biting, it’s pretty tame when compared to what others have had to say. Here are some other ways people have described Cruz:
At the end of February, Sen. Lindsey Graham talked at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 72nd Congressional Dinner about Ted Cruz. “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you,” he said, according to CNN.
A month later, Graham decided to back Cruz over Donald Trump, and even then, he struggled to say anything positive about him. While on The Daily Show, he said, “He was my 15th choice. What can I say? One, he’s not completely crazy… Uh, he’s not Trump.”
Filmmaker Craig Mazin had the unfortunate honor of rooming with Ted Cruz at Princeton. He first started lambasting Cruz on social media in 2012, and it’s one of the best reads on Twitter. Check a small collection below:
Andy Richter may never have worked with Cruz, but he knows he just can’t with him.
Rando Princeton classmate
One of his classmates, who chose to remain anonymous, referred to Cruz as a “monster geek,” according to Jezebel. And she says he’s the reason she had a “complete allergy toward the [law] profession. So you can imagine how she felt when she found out about his plan to run for president.
“I was stunned that he would be the one that ended up [running for] president out of our class, because he’s about as telegenic as an undertaker,” she said.
Ted Cruz and Bob Dole have beefed since 2014 when Cruz tried to defeat the UN Treaty on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities – something that went directly against Dole, who suffered an injury while serving in World War II, according to Mother Jones.
In January, Dole told the New York Times that no one likes Cruz. “He doesn’t have any friends in Congress,”he said. “He called the leader of the leader of the Republicans [Mitch McConnell] a liar on the Senate floor. If you want to call somebody a liar in the Senate, you go to their office–you don’t go on the Senate floor and make it public.”