Ted Cruz Endorsed by Senator Who Joked About Murdering Ted Cruz

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Some good news for Sen. Ted Cruz today: He finally got a second senate colleague to endorse him. According to CNN, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham will endorse and raise money for the Texas conservative, as part of a last-gasp effort by Republicans in Washington to stop Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination.

Graham wasn’t much help to his previous pick, Jeb Bush, though. And, given the former presidential candidate’s past comments about Cruz, his endorsement doesn’t carry much weight. It does, however, display the increasing desperation of the Republican establishment. Just last month, Graham told Wolf Blitzer that, “If you’re a Republican and your choice is Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in a general election, it’s the difference between poisoned or shot—you’re still dead.” In that same interview, Graham said Cruz was worse than President Barack Obama on foreign policy. A few weeks later, he’d taken an even darker turn. “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate and the trial was in the Senate,” Graham told a group of journalists, “no one would convict you.”

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