Remember When Ted Cruz Loathed Donald Trump?

“Nominating Donald Trump would be a train wreck.”

Today Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump, putting the cherry on top of the Texas senator’s complicated relationship with the Republican nominee—a relationship that’s involved a lot of vitriol, name-calling, and a sprinkle of admiration, but mostly hate. Thankfully, it’s all captured on Twitter.

It began cordially enough. Cruz even called Trump “terrific.”

But things soon got ugly.

Then Trump got their wives involved…

At which point, Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” and vowed to beat him.

Cruz called Trump a Democrat, compared him to Hillary Clinton, and called for him to release his tax returns.

Even when Cruz dropped out of the race, he refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, urging people to vote their consciences.

Today, Cruz argues that he’s voting for Trump because Hillary Clinton is “manifestly unfit” to be president. “If Clinton wins, we know—with 100% certainty—that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country,” he wrote in his announcement. 

Seems like only yesterday when Cruz tweeted:


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