Probably the most unexpected political development in 2018: Ted Cruz is getting praise from the liberal mainstream media.
Apparently, leftwing Slate is in love with Cruz’s new facial hair.
“I have no particular fondness for this subject and it brings me no pleasure to cover it,” wrote Slate columnist Christina Cauterucci. “But as a truth-seeking journalist, I feel I must write what follows: Sen. Ted Cruz’s new beard looks great.”
“The Texas Republican first appeared in public with traces of facial hair just after Thanksgiving,” Cauterucci added, saying that back then it was a “patchy mess,” but has since improved.
“That all changed this week, when Cruz showed up in the Senate with a filled-out salt-and-pepper beard, giving his face a defined jawline and its first-ever hints of ruggedness and affability,” she added. “The bloated, downy visage of a college debate team showoff is gone. A marginally less insufferable mug has arrived.”
“It takes courage to admit that people hate your face,” she added, “and it’s both sad and heartening to see Cruz do so after years of taunts to that effect.”
Cruz isn’t the first high-profile Republican politician to try out a new beard: in 2015, Paul Ryan was praised after he became the first Speaker of the House to have a beard in nearly 100 years.
Apparently, liberals can’t get enough of Republican politicians with a beard. Maybe President Trump should try it too.