Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz released hours of unedited footage for PAC’s to use in pro-Cruz advertisements. Salon has taken the most awkward and uncomfortably scripted bits in order to explore just how fake Cruz’s whole act really is.

Highlights include Cruz claiming that his mother prays for him for hours every day while his mother stares into the camera with a face that says “not quite, but ok,” and a clip featuring Cruz’s teenage cousins who have no actual idea what they are doing on camera.

Cruz, more than any other candidate in the election cycle this season, has done an excellent job crafting a bulletproof fake facade, but we think we can see the robot glitching in these clips.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at