Ted Cruz made his debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night, and needless to say, fellow GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump received a not-so-honorable mention: Cruz joked about running Trump over with a car.
Before Cruz sat down with Kimmel, a segment with April Fool’s Day prank ideas was aired. One of the ideas involved putting a picture of Trump in front of the backup camera of someone’s car so a person would mistakenly think they were about to hit Trump when they reversed.
Cruz later brought up the prank when Kimmel asked the Texas senator who he liked least: Trump or President Barack Obama.
“Look, I dislike Obama’s policies more, but Donald is a unique individual,” Cruz said.
“I will say, I was watching the early part of the show, and if I were in my car getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d push,” Cruz said, jokingly.
Kimmel joked that Cruz’s campaign strategy was waiting around until his Republican colleagues found someone they liked less than Cruz. Kimmel noted that some of his former foes like Senator Lindsey Graham have come around to supporting him because they dislike Trump more.
“There you go,” Cruz said. “It is a powerful strategy and compared to Donald I am the quiet shy soft spoken one.”
Cruz spoke with Kimmel about various personal topics, including his teenage dream of being a Hollywood actor, and his favorite cereal. FYI, it’s Mueslix.
When Kimmel told Cruz that he didn’t seem like someone who would have wanted to be an actor, Cruz joked, “I seem like a lawyer-politician? I just play one on TV.”
Cruz also talked about the concerts he attended as a teenager, including once seeing a police officer “holding a roach clip, smoking a joint” at a Pink Floyd concert.
Cruz teased Kimmel about the host’s salt and pepper beard after Kimmel noted that he is older than the 45-year-old Cruz.
“The salt and pepper beard, a distinguished look,” Cruz told Kimmel.
Kimmel responded, “You’re not going to put me on the Muslim watch list are you?”
Cruz joked, “It’s already done, actually.”
Cruz did drop the funny demeanor for a bit, and acknowledge his controversial statement to empower law enforcement to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Kimmel pressed Cruz on the issue.
“We need law enforcement to work cooperatively with the community to prevent radicalization and to stop terror attacks before they occur,” Cruz said.
When Kimmel said they’d have to agree to disagree on Cruz’s stance, Cruz offered one more joke.
“I’ll cross you off the list for homeland security,” Cruz said.