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US Election 2020: Ted Cruz questions Trump’s Hunter Biden attacks

President Donald Trump‘s decision to double down on scathing attacks on Hunter Biden in the final days of the campaign is getting bad reviews from 2016 rival turned loyalist Sen. Ted Cruz.

‘I don’t think it moves a single voter,’ the Texas senator said, dissing the strategy.

Cruz spoke with Axios on HBO after watching the president’s final debate with Joe Biden.

It was a contest where Trump not only referenced Hunter and what he calls his ‘laptop from hell,’ but brought along as his special guest Tony Bobulinski, who says he did business deals in China that would have cut in the former vice president.  

'I don't think it moves a single voter,' Cruz said, dissing the strategy of President Trump going after Hunter Biden

‘I don’t think it moves a single voter,’ Cruz said, dissing the strategy of President Trump going after Hunter Biden

Cruz was swayed by Biden’s comeback when Trump raised the issue – after Biden decided to bring up Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who provided the contents of what he said was Hunter’s laptop to the media.   

‘One of Biden’s best points was when he said, ‘All of these attacks back and forth about my family and his family, they don’t matter. What matters is your family,” Cruz said. 

Cruz, who was reelected in 2018, said Trump should be more ‘unifying.’ Polls show the presidential race nearly tied in his home state, and fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) has more of a race than expected.   

Images purported to be from Hunter's laptop show him in a bathtub and smoking, while others appear to show discussions of international business deals

Images purported to be from Hunter’s laptop show him in a bathtub and smoking, while others appear to show discussions of international business deals

Cruz reviewed the debate with Axios HBO

Cruz reviewed the debate with Axios HBO

President Donald Trump has been hammering Joe and Hunter Biden as 'corrupt' in the final days of the campaign

President Donald Trump has been hammering Joe and Hunter Biden as ‘corrupt’ in the final days of the campaign

‘I think we should be unifying, we should be explaining, we should be lifting people up,’ said Cruz. 

‘I think it’s a turnout election. But my assessment of turnout is the left is showing up no matter what. That those who hate Trump will crawl over broken glass to vote against him.’

‘The big unknown in this election is: Is everyone else gonna show up?’ he added.

However, Trump’s strategy could be an effort to try to drive down turnout among Biden supporters, amid the Democrat’s superior public approval rating. 

Trump claimed Tuesday that Americans who already sent in their early ballots for Joe Biden now want to change their vote as Google has seen a dramatic influx in people searching for how or if they can change their vote after already casting it. 

Trump claims it was his performance at the second debate in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday that changed their minds.

‘Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. ‘The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!’

Trump isn’t wrong, people can change their votes – but only in a select few states. 

Since September, when early and absentee voting commenced starting in North Carolina, Google trends show a sizable increase in the amount of inquiries on its search engine for those wondering if they can change their mind after already voting.

Cruz has gone after Trump before when personal attacks found their way into the campaign – during the 2016 primaries after Trump tweeted an unflattering picture of his wife alongside Melania Trump, a former model.

‘Leave Heidi the hell alone,’ Cruz said. He called Trump a ‘sniveling coward.’

Cruz blasted Trump for bringing up his own wife, Heidi, during the 2016 campaign

Cruz blasted Trump for bringing up his own wife, Heidi, during the 2016 campaign

‘Real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely and Heidi is the love of my life,’ he said. 

Cruz got behind Trump anyway, and was at the White House Monday night to celebrate the 52-48 Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

Trump during the debate not only brought up the ‘laptop from hell,’ but tried to use the issue to attack the Russia probe, although some of his references were abrupt for people who might not follow all the twists and turns of investigations.  

‘All of the email, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money you were raking in,’ Trump told Biden, without evidence he personally profited from Hunter’s failed China deal. ‘And Joe, you were vice president when some of this was happening.’

‘And I think you owe an explanation to the American people, why is it – somebody just had a news conference a little while ago – who was essentially supposed to work with you and your family, but what he said was damning,’ Trump continued.

He also blasted the notion that Hunter’s personal information came out due to Russian disinformation.  

‘The laptop is Russia, Russia, Russia? You got to be kidding. Here we go with Russia,’ he said.

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