A classic anti-Ted Cruz tweet from Trump gets its own billboard

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A 2016-vintage tweet about Ted Cruz by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is getting fresh attention—including a starring role in a new out-of-home campaign—thanks to a jarring pro-Cruz tweet from Trump this past Friday.

First, the new tweet, in which Trump endorsed Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, over his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke:

Now, a flashback to Trump's 2016 tweet:

How would the latter tweet look on, say, a billboard? Glad you asked!

Credit: The 'Texas against Ted Cruz' GoFundMe page

That rendering comes from a GoFundMe page titled "Texas against Ted Cruz" that was launched on Saturday by a group called USA Latinx. From its fundraising pitch:

We are planning to display the president's own words about Cruz from 2016 on a mobile billboard, to remind Texans of the truth. This is a joint effort initiated by Antonio Arellano in collaboration with Claude Taylor and David Hogg. The money raised by this account will go towards funding the mobile billboard to maximize visibility and impact.

Antonio Arellano is a Houston-based political activist. Claude Taylor is a veteran Democratic political operative who's worked on several presidential campaigns and served in the Clinton White House. David Hogg is a political activist who rose to prominence as a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year.

Note the "mobile billboard" clause—which means the group's rendering above doesn't quite show what it actually has planned.

Anyway, in less than two days, the fundraiser worked—raising $9,760 of its $6,000 goal—and is now closed to donations. Hogg has since tweeted that "the billboard is happening" and "thanks to all who contributed" and also released a mock-up of a truck-mounted tweet. (If it's not displaying properly, click on the image in the tweet below.)

"Rafael," by the way, is what Ted Cruz's parents named him (full name: Rafael Edward Cruz).

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