Hoosier boos Cruz: Of `You suck’ and `Indiana don’t want you’

Good day Austin:

Tough crowd those Hoosiers.

And what is a Hoosier?

The Word Hoosier


Jeffrey Graf
Reference Services Department
Herman B Wells Library
Indiana University – Bloomington

Like barnacles, a thick crust of speculation has gathered over the word “Hoosier” to explain the origin of Indiana’s nickname. Popular theories, diligently and often sincerely advanced, form a rich, often amusing body of folklore. Those theories include: “Who’s here?” as a question to unknown visitors or to the inhabitants of a country cabin; Hussar, from the fiery European mounted troops; “Huzzah!” proclaimed after victory in a fight; Husher, a brawny man, capable of stilling opponents; Hoosa, an Indian word for corn; Hoose, an English term for a disease of cattle which gives the animals a wild sort of look; and the evergreen “Who’s ear?” asked while toeing a torn-off ear lying on the bar room floor the morning after a brawl.

The best evidence, however, suggests that “Hoosier” was a term of contempt and opprobrium common in the upland South and used to denote a rustic, a bumpkin, a countryman, a roughneck, a hick or an awkward, uncouth or unskilled fellow. Although the word’s derogatory meaning has faded, it can still be heard in its original sense, albeit less frequently than its cousins “Cracker” and “Redneck.”

As today’s primary in Indiana has approached, Ted Cruz has sought to look to Hoosiers as fonts of wisdom and common sense who would see through Donald Trump and save the country from his menace.

But yesterday, as he was leaving an event in Marion, Cruz was drawn to a knot of Trump protesters shouting out, “Hey Cruz. Do the math. Do the math. Do the math. You asked Kasich to drop out. Now it’s your turn. Take your own words. It’s time to drop out.”

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Which led Ted Cruz, underdog and champion college debater, to approach the Trumpsters and engage in an eight-minute back-and-forth with a man wearing sunglasses (MWS).

It makes for gripping viewing.



Here are some highlights.

MWS: Donald’s definitely going to get to 1,237.

CRUZ: No he’s not.


CRUZ: What do you like about Donald?

MWS: Everything.

CRUZ: Give me one.

MWS: Everything.

CRUZ: Give me one thing.

MWS: The wall

CRUZ: OK. The wall.

MWS: That’s the main thing – the wall, immigration.

CRUZ: OK. Give me a second. Do you know that on the wall Donald Trump told the New York Times editorial board that he is not going to build  the wall  and he’s not going to deport anyone?

MWS: You’re lyin’ again. Once again, LYIN’ TED!


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CRUZ: Civilized people don’t just scream and yell at each other, I’m not yelling at you.

Do you know that Donald’s words were caught on tape. The New York Times recorded the whole thing. It’s publicly reported.

Sir, With all respect, Donald Trump is deceiving you. He is playing you for a chump

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That was an interesting exchange because, when you look at it, Cruz is bringing suspect debater’s tricks to a debate with a man with sunglasses.

The assertion that Trump has said he won’t build the wall and won’t deport anyone derives, as far as i can tell, from this single paragraph in a Gail Collins column in the New York Times.

From Gail Collins on Feb. 26:

The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.

This paragraph apparently was based on an off-the-record session that the Times editorial board had with Trump, in which he may have suggested that everything – including his immigration policy – was a negotiation. Cruz jumped on it as proof that Trump’s immigration policy was a bluff and fraud, and demanding that Trump give the Times permission to release the tape of the editorial board session that would reveal his deceit.

But that never happened, the tape was never released, and we really don’t know what Trump actually said.

So, when Cruz says that Trump. told the New York Times editorial board that he is not going to build  the wall  and he’s not going to deport anyone, that is purely speculative.

Cruz continued: Do you know that Donald’s words were caught on tape. The New York Times recorded the whole thing. It’s publicly reported.

Well, yes. the words were caught on tape. Yes, the Times recorded the whole thing. And so I suppose it has been publicly reported that it was caught on tape and the Times recorded the whole thing, but the implication is that means it has been reported that Trump said what Cruz said he said.

But it hasn’t. it remains Cruz’s speculation about what is on a tape that has never been released.

Score that round for Guy Wearing Sunglasses.

Talk turned to the Second Amendment. Cruz said he had argued for gun rights before the U.S. Supreme Court and that Trump, “said he is going to cut a deal with  Chuck Schumer” and “he’s gonna put a liberal on the Supreme Court who’s going to take away your Second Amendment rights.”

Again, Cruz is taking considerable liberties with the truth here in scoring a tenuous debater’s point.

Then we entered the lightning, zinger round where GWS injected insults in between Cruz lines.

GWS: You’ll find out tomorrow, Indiana don’t want you.

CRUZ:  America is a better country …

GWS:  Without you.

CRUZ:  Thank you for those kind sentiments. Let me point out I have treated you respectfully the entire time and a question everyone here should ask …

GWS: Are you Canadian?

CRUZ: Do you want your kids repeating the words of Donald Trump?

Then, as  further evidence of Trump being a liar, Cruz noted Trump’s response on Fox News Sunday to questions raised by Cruz about the appropriateness of Trump trumpeting the endorsement of Mike Tyson, who served time in Indiana for rape.

WALLACE:  It’s interesting.  The Cruz campaign is making an issue of your support for Mike Tyson back during the time of the rape conviction in 1992.  Your reaction to that?  

TRUMP:  It just shows what a liar he is.  So, Mike Tyson over the Internet endorsed me.  He said, “I endorse Mr. Trump.”  He said that.  

That was it.  No big deal, I didn’t have a meeting or anything, I haven’t seen Mike in years, but he said he endorsed me.  

So, Cruz is now saying, oh, he was a rapist.  This guy is a real liar.  That’s why we call him Lyin’ Ted Cruz.  I mean, the greatest liar that I’ve ever lived, except he gets caught every time.

“Facts matter, the truth matters,” Cruz gold GWS.

I didn’t see GWS’s response coming, a change of subject, but to unexpected terrain.

You want to carpet bomb women and children, huh?

CRUZ: Let me point out I have .. .

GWS: Those are your words. Carpet bomb. I added the women and children.

“What I said is we’re going to carpet bomb ISIS,” said Cruz, explaining that his version of carpet bombing would somehow manage to avoid civilian casualties, while, he said, Trump would require America’s soldier to commit war crimes.

Cruz: Nobody would target women and children except for a bully like Donald Trump.

GWS never identified himself by name.

He “climbs poles” for a living, presumably a utility worker.

And he is from Ohio.

He is not a Hoosier. He’s a Buckeye.

Anyway, I give Cruz credit for approaching the Trump protesters and engaging with GWS.

Especially after his experience Sunday night at a rally in La Porte

From Real Clear Politics:

A heckler at a Cruz campaign rally in La Porte, Indiana on Sunday yelled “you suck!” to the Republican presidential candidate.

“Thank you, son,” Cruz responded. “I appreciate you sharing your views.”

“One of the things that hopefully someone has told that children should actually speak with respect,” Cruz responded with cheers from the audience.

“Imagine what a different world it would be if someone told Donald Trump that years ago,” he said.

“You know, in my household if a child behaved that way, they get a spanking,” Cruz added.

Watch as the ten-year-old is escorted out by the cops.


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I don’t see any other adult with the child as he is led out.

So a ten-year-old of his own accord, shows up at a Ted Cruz rally and tells Cruz, for all to hear, “You suck.”


But that was not even the most stunning moment for the Cruz campaign Sunday.

From People

Oops! Carly Fiorina Falls Off Stage at Ted Cruz Rally

By Tierney McAfe

Carly Fiorina could not have predicted the dangers that lay ahead when she agreed to be Ted Cruz‘s vice presidential pick.

The former Hewlett Packard CEO took a big tumble on stage at a rally in Indiana Sunday, moments after introducing Cruz and his wife and kids as the next first family.

The Texas senator appeared not to notice Fiorina fall off the stage right before his eyes, while his wife, Heidi Cruz, quickly came to the former GOP hopeful’s rescue.

Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier says Fiorina missed a step but was not injured in the fall, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile …



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(AFA of Indiana Facebook)

From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

In a brief video conversation with Clark posted on the AFA Indiana Facebook page, Rafael Cruz made the case for Ted. “I implore, I exhort every member of the Body of Christ to vote according to the word of God, and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America,” Cruz said. “And I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.

Glenn Beck, (from Right-Wing Watch)

“Make no mistake, we are being watched,” Beck said. “We’re being watched by our maker … Every single state is being required and I believe — and they’re going to rake me over the coals for saying it; so be it — I believe that’s the Almighty God saying, ‘Each one of you, I want you to stand and you choose: good or evil? Which way will we go? Am I still your God and are you still my people? Choose who you serve.'”

“Before I walked out on stage, Ted and I got down on our knees and we prayed,” he continued. “And we didn’t pray for us, we prayed for the nation and for you. He is a servant at heart. He is a man who was raised for these times. People don’t believe that stuff any more, but I do. If God raised George Washington and Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, if He put that collection together,  He is the Almighty, I think He can send us one guy!”


Author: Jonathan Tilove

Jonathan Tilove is the Statesman's chief political writer. He was a Washington correspondent for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 2008 to 2012. Before that he covered race and immigration issues for Newhouse News Service for 18 years.

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