Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz seems to have a sense of humor and enjoys jokes about murder. Cruz appeared on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2016, for the first time on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he showed a personal side with possible homicidal tendencies especially when it comes rival GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump.
Joking with Kimmel, they discussed Trump. Kimmel asked who Cruz disliked more Obama or Trump. Cruz answered, “I dislike Obama’s policies more, but Donald is a unique individual.” The two candidates have been waging a war of insults on each other’s wives, with Trump threatening to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz, and posting an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife on Twitter. The assault comes after an ad surfaced before the Utah caucus from an anti-Trump SuperPAC with a nude photo of Trump’s wife Melania from her modeling days, which Trump blames Cruz for but he denies being involved.
Cruz then made a morbid remark, based on Kimmel’s opening monologue Wednesday evening, where Kimmel posted “scary images in car back-up cameras” as an “April Fool’s Day prank.” Cruz said, “I will say I was watching the early part of the show and if I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I would push.” When discussing Cruz receiving more endorsements than trump Cruz responded, “It is a powerful strategy and compared to Donald I am the quiet shy soft spoken one.”
Cruz’s remark about Trump was not his only joke about murder, when Kimmel asked Cruz his favorite cereal, Cruz asked “serial killers?” Cruz’s answer was Müeslix. The rest of the interview was a mix of personal and political. Cruz revealed he had seen all seven Star Wars films, with the latest making him cry, and wanted to an actor as a child, commenting, “I seem like a lawyer-politician? I just play one on TV.” Cruz also recounted seeing a “police officer smoking a joint” at a Pink Floyd concert, he attended at 17. Cruz remembered laughing, “I was 17, and he was in uniform. I mean, this was an officer in uniform. I shook my head and said, ‘Well, it’s Floyd.'”
When it came to political issues, Cruz and Kimmel chose to “agree to disagree.” They debated about Obamacare and Cruz’s suggestion to patrol Muslim neighborhoods to prevent terrorism, which he remarked after the Brussels’ terror attacks last week. Cruz explained to Kimmel his position, “We need law enforcement to work cooperatively with the community to prevent radicalization and to stop terror attacks before they occur.” Kimmel asked, “You’re a strict constitutionalist, isn’t this in direct competition with the Bill of Rights?” to which Cruz replied, “Not remotely.” Disagreeing with the idea, Cruz joked, “I’ll cross you off the list for Homeland Security.”