In 2016, Ted Cruz was the last man to make efforts to stop Donald Trump from securing the nomination. Late in the game, he took desperate steps to temper his campaign by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
The move didn't help Cruz, of course, and the nomination went to Trump. Fiorina was still a Republican, but more than ready to oppose the 45th President. And on Thursday, she went up against Cruz too, ripping up the Texas Senator.
Fiorina appeared as a guest on New Day and said to Brianna Keilar, "I've been disappointed with Ted for some time. I tried to help Ted's candidacy because I thought it would be tragic and terrible if Donald Trump were the party's candidate It turned out that I was right about Donald Trump, and unfortunately I was wrong about Ted Cruz. "
"What happened to him," asked Keilar. "You know, I think the same thing that happened to so many," replied Fiorina. "And it's an ancient siren song, as we just heard. Access to power and money and influence. The problem is that many politicians are primarily concerned with winning. And they are willing to give up their employers in order to win."
. @ CarlyFiorina blames "Access to Power, Money, and Influence" for changing the principles and tone of former runner-up Ted Cruz over the past 5 years.
"It turned out that I was right about Donald Trump," she says, "and unfortunately I was wrong about Ted Cruz." pic.twitter.com/aA2UrEIqmA
– Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) May 6, 2021
While it's nice that Fiorina is ready to speak out against Cruz, it sounds a little hollow. By the time she became his runner-up, the Texan legislature was already one of the most angry people in Washington DC. At best, this is a piece of revisionist history.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.