On Tuesday night as he debated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), desperate Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has seen Cruz open a significant lead over him in recent polls, tried to emulate President Trump circa 2016, calling Cruz "Lyin’ Ted.”
O’Rourke, who has his own problems telling the truth, stated, “Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you. He’s going to make up positions and votes that I’ve never held or that I’ve never taken. It’s why the president called him ‘Lyin’ Ted’ and it’s why the nickname stuck. Because it’s true.”
Even the left-leaning Washington Post admitted O’Rourke was looking for a way out of the corner Cruz has painted him in. The Post wrote, “Seeking to discredit criticism of his record, O’Rourke repurposed the barb against Trump’s former GOP presidential primary rival.”
Some examples of O’Rourke’s flights of fancy: the Post itself gave O’Rourke “Four Pinocchios” for his claim that he did not try to leave the scene of an accident in 1998 when he was driving drunk.
O’Rourke tried to engender empathy from an audience in Lubbock, Texas, claiming, “"I grew up in El Paso where no U.S. Senator ever opened an office. We were the sixth largest city in the state. We went effectively unrepresented, unheard, unserved, in that community and I think a lot of people in Lubbock know the feeling." But Sen. Phil Gramm had an office in El Paso for many years, according to state Representative Matthew Schaefer of Tyler.
Video of O'Rourke trying to channel Trump below: