And so wounded was Cruz that he publicly responded with the following challenge on November 18:
"Let me suggest something Mr. President: If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face."
In June 2015, Cruz gave address at a Republican Party event in Howell, Michigan, but that sounded more like an audition for stand-up comedy than a presidential candidate’s speech. And no one laughed at his jokes, either, because they were about Joe Biden. And just four days after the vice president’s son died of brain cancer, and only one day before Beau Biden’s funeral. Here’s Cruz’s address:
“Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punch line. I promise you it works. The next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, ‘Vice President Joe Biden’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing.”
He later issued an apology, but it was too little, too late. Cruz’s susceptibility to impulsive juvenile behavior was established.
Cruz did it again in August 2015, this time from the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair where he issued silly comments about former president Jimmy Carter.
"I think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970s. I think the parallels between this administration and the Carter administration are uncanny: same failed domestic policies, same misery, stagnation and malaise, same feckless and naïve foreign policy. In fact, the exact same countries—Russia and Iran—(are) openly laughing and mocking "
So if Cruz wants to get upset and whine about the president’s comment regarding Republican xenophobia, maybe he should practice what he preaches first.