Mr Cruz has backed Mr Trump despite previous the former president’s previous insults against Mr Cruz’s wife and father.
The Texas senator was campaigning for former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in Kettering, Ohio on Friday, saying that “when I look to candidates, I don’t look to see what they say on the stump, because they all say the same darn thing”.
“Every candidate says ‘I love Donald Trump. No, no, no – I love Donald Trump more. No, no, no – I have Donald Trump tattooed on my rear end!’” he said mockingly.
During the 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Mr Cruz called Mr Trump a “snivelling coward,” a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral”. After losing that race, he made his fellow Republicans furious by refusing to endorse Mr Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
But following Mr Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, the relationship, which was once fraught both politically and personally, grew closer as Mr Cruz helped Mr Trump fight off impeachment.
Mr Cruz’s choice to push Mr Trump’s false claims of fraud after the 2020 election, prompted a former aide to tell Intelligencer that “most of Cruzworld is pretty disgusted” after the insurrection on 6 January last year.
“Everyone is upset with the direction things have gone, and the longer they’ve been with the senator, the more distaste they are expressing,” another former aide said at the time.
During the 2016 primary, Mr Trump retweeted a tweet comparing the appearances of Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump and accused Mr Cruz’s father of having played a role in the JFK assassination.