Donald Trump owes his political rise in substantial part to the realization that it’s possible to treat the race for the Republican presidential nomination like a reality TV show. But when his opponents have tried to beat him at his own game, they’ve ended up with egg on their faces. (Poor Marco Rubio, whose half-hearted attacks on Trump’s anatomy couldn’t even net him a primary win in his home state.)
But Trump’s reliance on the tropes of reality TV leaves the world of fiction ripe for the plundering, and Simpsons impressionist extraordinaire Ted Cruz is now dipping into that well. As the Free Beacon’s Lachlan Marclay pointed out, after Trump sent up signals that he considered Cruz’s wife, Heidi, fair game, Cruz fired back with a line straight out of Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay from “The American President.”
Ted Cruz literally lifted a line from The American President pic.twitter.com/BdG7Qcr4Ye
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 23, 2016
Hey, if you’re gonna steal, steal from the best, right? And why stop there? And maybe mix it up a little, since Cruz has used this particular line before. Sorkin’s got plenty to choose from. Why not zing Trump with “This is a time for serious people, and your 15 minutes is up”? Or “That’s when I decided to kick your ass”? Or even a little “I am God“? Just don’t bring up Trump’s plans for a barrier on the Mexican border: We need him on that wall.