President Trump will dine with Heidi and Ted Cruz on Wednesday night at the White House. There's, how to say this, a lot of history between that trio.
My guess is that none of this water under the bridge will be a topic of conversation. “They're looking forward to a great dinner,” was all White House press secretary Sean Spicer would say when asked whether Trump might apologize to the Cruzes during the meal.
Apologize for what, you ask? How quickly we forget! Here's a quick review — with the worst first! — of the long history of awkwardness between Trump and the Texas two.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
The implication, of course, was that Trump's wife, Melania Trump, was more attractive than Heidi Cruz. The “spill the beans” reference was about a previous Trump tweet in which the billionaire businessman threatened to do just that on Heidi Cruz. (He never specified what the beans were.) Trump insisted that the whole thing started with Cruz, who used a nude picture of Melania in an ad. (He didn't. It was an anti-Trump super PAC not affiliated with Cruz.)
Cruz, as you might expect, went bananas. He tweeted this to Trump amid the Melania-Heidi picture kerfuffle.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016
Cruz was really, really angry. Interviewed the day after the Trump tweet, he absolutely unloaded. He called Trump a “sniveling coward” and a “big New York bully.”
Cruz was expected to, finally, endorse Trump in a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. And his whole speech seemed pointed to that moment — right until he didn't do it.
“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz told the Texas delegation the following day.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump in an early May interview with Fox News Channel. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”
Cruz defended his father, noting that Trump was “amoral, a “pathological liar” and a “narcissist” of the sort we'd not seen in the country before.
“The Bible held high — he puts it down and then he lies.”
“He's a liar. … I never met a liar like him.”
“He's 'Lyin Ted', that's his name.”