Whoa. Whoa.

The Des Moines Register posted a Q&A yesterday in which Sen. Ted Cruz revealed that his favorite movie is “The Princess Bride”:

Awesome, right? The guy’s got great taste in movies! But then, this happened:

Oh no he di’int!

“Um, I despise avocado. It’s the only food I dislike, and I dislike it passionately. Which is ironic, because I’m Cuban, and my dad grew up with avocado trees in his backyard. My whole family eats avocados like crazy, but I can’t stand them.”

No. Please. Say it ain’t so, Senator!

Paging #TeamAvocado!

Good taste would dictate that everyone would be on #TeamAvocado, but as it turns out, that’s not the case. Cruz’s confession also empowered his fellow traitors to come forward:


Whaaaaat? We don’t even know how to respond to that. So maybe now would be a good time for a little perspective:

Hmmmgood point.

Can’t argue with that.

Well, that’s true. And we’ve gotta admire Sen. Cruz for that, at least. But we’re still keeping our eye on him:



Twitchy coverage of Ted Cruz

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

    I don’t get the love for avocados. What’s that about? Maybe I should try them with something. That burger looked good.

    • http://astronerdboy.blogspot.com/ AstroNerdBoy

      I’m with you. Tried avocados — not like them. I’ve had guacamole w/ Mexican dishes and I think, “Give me sour cream ANY day of the week rather than this muck.” *lol* Everyone has their own tastes, but not liking an avocado stirring passions enough to tweet a lot about it is just whacked to me.

      • history

        First, find a restaurant that doesn’t serve sour cream. That’s your problem right there. Get some authentic food.

      • Zane Henry

        A man who calls guacamole muck has never tried poi or vegamite. Both infinitely more muck-like than the food of the gods from south of the border!

        • ceyanne

          I’m part Hawaiian and I can’t stand poi either. Nor do I care for avocado. Never tried Vegemite. My 14 yr. old daughter has been begging me to buy some to try it. If anyone in our family would like it, it would be her. She loves avocado, btw.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Try a BLT with avocado on toast with mayo. FANTASTIC!

      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

        I’ll try anything with bacon…even avocado.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        I can’t eat a BLT without avocado – it’s my fave sandwich (although I don’t like the bread toasted). Quite a few restaurants in LA have BLTA on the menu and if they don’t, I always ask for the A. When I moved to Boston, not realizing at first that a lot of produce is regional, I ordered a BLT in a diner, asked for avocado and the waitress looked at me like I had a second head. I realized right then I wasn’t in California anymore!

      • Squirrel!

        Love it but no mayo. Avocado or guac as mayo substitute.

        • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

          Agreed. Mayo is redundant in a BLT w/ avocado.

    • me

      When life hands you avocados, make guacamole….

    • rssllue

      Don’t fall for the hype. Just say no to avocado! Don’t cave to the peer pressure!

  • desicon

    Avocados help in reducing cholesterol. Obamacare is built on the foundation that more people will eat avocados and keep the healthcare cost low. One of the reasons to grant amnesty to 20 Million illegals is to increase the intake of avocado.

    Cruz is going after the foundation of Obamacare.

    • CR

      You laugh now. Wait til B0 tries to pass a law requiring us all to buy and eat avocados just to punish Cruz because Cruz tried to stop him from destroying America.
      Then the price of avocados will go through the roof, John Roberts will call the penalty for non-avocado buying a tax, and we will all be stuck trying to buy avocados from stores unable to sell them due to “overwhelming demand” or something.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

        You aren’t thinking far enough in the future. When single payer is the law of the land and everyone is issued an Obamacard, it will have to be presented to make any purchase. The checkout register will interface with NSA, DHS, HHS and CDC. Every item you attempt to purchase will be matched against your health record and approved or denied based on that.

        Liberals will still be wailing that George Bush wanted to know what library books they read and will cheer Obama for taking care of them.

    • me

      Ted is gonna ‘Cruz’ into the Presidency in 2016, because of his hatred of alligator pears and his love of the Princess Bride. WHY must we suffer the insufferable ‘journalists’ who ask these asinine questions? Who cares? This is INCONCEIVABLE!

  • http://reaganff.tumblr.com/ reaganFF

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • miguel

      Prepare to die

      • http://reaganff.tumblr.com/ reaganFF

        Stop it now, I mean it.

        • Caleb Herod

          Does anybody want a peanut?

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Gilda Radner, as Emily Litella:

    “There’s way too many ‘abogados’ today! That’s why there are so many silly lawsuits that just cost everyone too much money! I don’t blame him one bit!”

    “A-VVV-o-CCC-ados, Emily. Not ‘abogados’.”

    “Oh! Well, that’s different! Never mind.”

  • BoscoBolt

    I’m just going to jump in here and offer Piers Morgan and ‘Right Said Fred’ some BREAKING NEWS revealed in this Q & A:

    Ted Cruz is like a total dummy who thinks the Houston Astros are playing in the World Series this year (or something)! PLEASE feel free to run with that, guys.


  • Richard J Sunkle

    I am an anti avocadite and proud of it.

  • Richard J Sunkle

    I do not like them on a boat
    I will not eat them with a goat

    • WisconsinPatriot

      I would not eat them here or there…..

      • me

        I would not eat the alligator pear!

  • DaMello ®

    I don’t get avocados. They have no flavor, a neutral taste. Like Switzerland.

    • DaMello ®

      … but without the chocolate!

      • Caleb Herod

        You should try pure, unsweetened cocoa powder. Tasty!

        • me

          From Central America?

        • aztectrumpet

          I have for children’s messages at church. So gross.

    • history

      They have flavor. Please see a doctor for a check up. Diminished senses can be a sign of something serious. Either that, or you’re a smoker.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Avocadoes only taste like what you put into them.
    Therefore, they are worthless.

    • Caleb Herod

      Avocados are the bacon of the vegetable kingdom.
      You wouldn’t eat unsalted bacon, would you?

      • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


        Bacon is the bacon of every kingdom.

        • Chevypowered


        • Michelle ✓classified

          When people say there is not proof that God exists, I tell them wrong – these two items are solid proof He exists and that He loves us very, very much.

          • aPLWBinAK

            I tell people that pigs are one of God’s perfect animals……you feed them any type of edible garbage (they’re totally omnivorous)……and presto, they turn it into bacon….mmmm

          • Michelle ✓classified

            I call piglets “Bacon Seed”

          • William Kent Jenkins


          • http://reaganff.tumblr.com/ reaganFF

            Can I sit next to you in study hall? I’d like to be your new BFF for this picture alone.

            Plus that whole ‘paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin about beer’ thing that I love very much.

      • Michelle ✓classified


        • Marjorie

          Oh Michelle…my “bacon seed” (pot belly pig) is not amused…but I laughed :-)

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        Yes! Bacon needs no embellishment; Bacon is the embellishment.

        • me

          Bacon is the food of the gods!

  • BoscoBolt

    BEWARE the avocado – for it is a malevolent fruit.


    • Caleb Herod

      How is this not your avatar?

    • GaryTheBrave

      Introducing the new Jack-O-Lantern for 2013. Small, sleek, shiny, and curved for enjoyment of Halloween. Get yours at your local Avocado dealer this weekend!

      *47 hwy/35 city

      • me

        Watch Cruz opponents hand out avocados for Halloween. LOL! When life hands you avocados, make guacamole.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Jim J @anthropocon
    I’m ok if Cruz hates avocados. If it comes out as pro-beet, he’s dead to me though.

    That one made me laugh, I passionately dislike beets. I LOVE avocado!

    • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

      You and me both! On all counts.

    • history

      Beets are great if intelligently used. Wonderful with ginger.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        Beets are EVIL. My late mother used to make homemade borscht. Bleh.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

      Loved beets as a kid.. however, I grew up thinking they were ‘arsenic’, because I’d ask my mother what we were having for dinner, and she’d say, ‘Arsenic’. And beets would be on the table. Since I liked them, there were a few times I’d ask my mom if we could have ‘arsenic’ for dinner. Oh, my mom was a character, let me tell you.

  • conservative2012

    When I was young my mom would eat avocado sandwiches. I couldn’t see how she could stand them. Now I love avocados. I’ll agree with you on The Princess Bride, Ted, but not on avocados.

  • Crash Enburn

    Bush hated broccoli. Cruz hates avocados. Obama loves dogs. No wonder the GOP is in the state its in…

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Obama loves dogs all right… with steak sauce.

      • me

        And a serving of fava beans on the side. Bow Wow!

  • Caleb Herod

    When I make guacamole, our 2-year-old thinks it’s her birthright to consume the whole bowl.

  • TJ

    Sure he might not like Avocados but how does he feel about an Arugula salad. Food the common man eats.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I keep tellin’ ya, only phonies call it “arugula,” the rest of us folks call it “rocketweed” and always have done. Especially back when it was cheaper because nobody wanted it.

      • GaryTheBrave

        I smoked some rocketweed when I was younger. You are talking about that kind of weed, right?

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Not exactly. Different thing altogether. That’s probably when they changed the name of the food “rocketweed,” and the foodies picked up on it.

          Arugula is basically a weed like dandelions– you eat the leaves in a mixed-greens salad.

  • avocado4president

    Try Avocado shake with Condensed Milk. You will learn to love Avocado.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Next week, Obama will deliver a speech about the greatness of Avocados… because it will give him something other than Obamacare to talk about.

    • Chevypowered

      Words of wisdom. Only a fool would bet against you!

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    So, basically….more avocados for me. Cruz 2016.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      No!No!No! You will share, won’t you? Us and You…Yes.Cruz2016.


      • Sean Barrentine

        I haven’t really gotten into them other than using them for guac, but I love me that.

  • JalexDiamond

    It may actually be the anti-avocado stance that pushes me over the edge into full-on Team Cruz mode.

  • http://xristosdomini.wordpress.com/ xristosdomini

    I’ve tried avocado. I wanted to like it… I really did. But I just simply couldn’t. It isn’t that they are “bad” or that I “hate” them — it would require that they have some kind of flavor in order for me to have that strong of an opinion. A fruit that is basically flavorless semi-fatty mush… I won’t pitch a fit over them, but I won’t seek them out either.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You scoop out the pulp, you mash it and whip it up, with a little seasoning on it, and you use it as a spread. It’s not the kind of thing you ever eat by itself– that’s why people are turned off by it.

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        Stop it, you make us hungry.
        Everyone does drink coffee the same, do they?
        There are many types, and different tastes, just like each person has different taste buds.
        Try white cornbread with jalapeno peppers and bacon (fresh) bitsin the batter…and bake. Yum!
        Avocado idea’s
        Wash, cut in half, sprinkle sea salt & coarse ground pepper and spoon out….You can sprinkle with fresh bacon bits, diced ham, diced onions, diced tomatoes, diced carrots…

      • nc ✓s & balances

        I do. Yum

    • Caleb Herod

      Serious question: Would you eat chunks of unsalted butter?

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

      Yeah…yeah…it’s a fruit, so I want it to taste sweet and juicy. But it’s fatty mush. It plays too many mind games. But I’ll give it one more chance…on a burger.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        coarse mashed, add drained salsa, onion and garlic. Salt/pepper to taste. Refrigerate for a couple hours, then serve with warm tortilla chips and a cold beer.


        *or on a burger ;oP

    • aPLWBinAK

      I disagree with you on liking them, but to your credit, you did try. I’ve never had much respect for people who insist they do not like a food that they’ve never even tried…..because it looks like it might be icky….or something.

    • history

      They have flavor. Your mouth is broken.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Yum.Yum. And mulberry’s with honey drizzled on them for dessert.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmSIOoy6MlE&app=desktop Booker

    I don’t really like them either. I’ve tried to enjoy this veg, but I can’t. Bleech!

  • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

    It’s nice to read some levity at the end of the week. Thanks, Twitchy!

  • RblDiver

    I too am anti-avocado.

  • Caleb Herod

    Proof that Ted Cruz is a Soros-funded false-flag operation.

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    Avocados are problematic. I don’t hate them, but unless you are going to consume the entire thing it is a waste as they don’t keep well. My dad loathes them as they feel too slimy.

    • history

      Add citrus. Will keep fine.

  • Pat Loudoun

    SuperMexican didn’t weigh in? WTF?

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      No sh*t?

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Between Broccoli and Avocados . . . republicans continue to alienate their constituents . . . though I agree with them on both counts. Oh, how I long for the halcyon days when a Republican in high office would express his love of jellybeans rather than his despite of green fruits and vegetables.

    • thedumbblonde

      I prefer the Florida avocado to the Haas avocado of California, BUT I only eat them as guacamole. Otherwise, you can keep them. Too much fat, too much blah.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

    Hmmm….I’m learning so much here. Maybe I will give the avocado one last try.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Try it this way – cut one in half, remove the pit, take your favorite salad dressing and put it in the hole left by the pit. Eat it with a spoon straight out of the skin.

      Additional info – the only decent avocados are Hass avocados. All others are crap, especially the very large one with the smooth skin – caca!

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Careful Michelle, I think it’s a CA/FL thing.

        (FTR, I agree with you, Haas, hands down.)

        • Michelle ✓classified

          It’s an entire Southwest thing, too. Where there are Latinos, there are avocados in many recipes!

          Or did you mean watch it because I said Hass are the best, the rest are crap?

      • HanaFiveO

        We have some here in the islands that are about the size of a cantaloupe and smooth as butter. They have a large pit, so they are perfect to use as a bowl with your favorite fish dish in the middle. YUM!

        • Michelle ✓classified


  • Erik

    Is this parody?

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Would you really base your vote on the candidate’s food likes/dislikes? There, you answered your own question.

      • Erik


      • WHMay

        “With Lolo, …I was
        introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted
        grasshopper (crunchy).” – Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama.

        Uh, yeah.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Err– umm– Mr Prez– TMI.

          And just so you know, dog, like any other meat (though I obviously would not know this from first-hand experience), if it is cooked low-and-slow for practically a year will tenderize. All meat does, eventually. It’s how the proteins in meat work.

          You must have had some impatient hungry Indonesians at that table who were not willing to wait.

        • nc ✓s & balances

          I see your point. BHO turns everything upside down, doesn’t he?

  • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

    So? I hate avocados too.

  • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Another asinine reason to love/hate-vote for/vote against a politician…

  • Jack Deth

    Never been a big fan of avocados. Or artichokes, broccoli or brussel sprouts. Anything that looks like a prop in a 1950s sci-fi film, I tend to avoid.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Hey weren’t the avocados, artichokes, broccoli and brussels sprouts here before 1950s sci-fi? Movie inspiration–and four foods that are delicious if prepared properly.

  • mickeyco

    I knew Ted & I were meant for each other. I love Princess Bride & loathe avocados

  • angeleyez

    The seed is to damn big for its size.
    ……. T E D . C R U Z . 2 0 1 6 …….

  • HanaFiveO

    This thread cracked me up! Thanks Twitchy, I needed that!

    FTR; I can take or leave avocados.

  • 24fan

    Lol not alone there Ted, I hate avocados too and the princess bride is funny good taste sir. :)

  • no_more_deceit

    Where does he stand on skeet-shooting and hockey pucks? Inquiring minds want to know 😉

    • me

      Don Rickles has a negative stand on hockey pucks….

  • 24fan

    I gotta ask twitchy team is this for fun? Cause it is funny and nice to see a more personal side

    • WilliamAmos

      Yes we have fun at times. It is Friday after all.

      • 24fan

        True enough. Thanks this was great. :)

      • Michelle ✓classified

        We have fun all the time William! I laugh my hardest each day when I come here.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        All politics and no play…or something like that…

  • Im_Rick_James

    Straight avocado sucks – cold and slimy. But good guac = heaven.

  • Brett the Brit

    Don’t care for California potatoes myself.

  • Jeremy

    I don’t care if he hates a food that I like.I don’t like Turkey (it tastes too dry for me and it makes you really sleepy) and Ted Cruz is a Great American.

  • Squirrel!

    Avocado is awesome in a crawfish boil, avocado on BLT (can’t stand mayo), and I love a good guac!! Mr. Squirrel hates them, though, and everyone in my house loves the Princess Bride.

  • PeriMedic

    I never ate avocados or guacamole because they were an ugly, smooshy, green. Then, when I was 25, a friend made guacamole and begged me to try it. It was magnificent, and I wept for all the years lost not enjoying this glorious creation of God and nature.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    WHAT! An hispanic that doesn’t like avocados? He isn’t human! jk

    Princess Bride is also one of my favs!

  • Tigerspike

    I’m mostly Hispanic, and I don’t like avocados, either. My mom is allergic to them, and so I never acquired a taste for it.

    Also, the name of the fruit is a bit of a turn off for me. Avocado is from the Nahua for testicles.

  • BAW

    I like the book a lot more than the movie but the movie definitely has it’s moments. Cary Elwes just didn’t come close to the Westley in my head.

    I don’t care if he likes avocados or not so long as he’s not trying to keep anyone else from enjoying their guacamole like a lefty would.

  • https://twitter.com/UnicornOfMayhem Hi This Is My Username

    I don’t like them, either.

  • stuckinIL4now

    I love avocados but if Sen Cruz doesn’t then no prob–more for me!

  • RememberSekhmet

    Guacamole is the food of the gods, second only to “top shelf” Velveeta-free chili con queso.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Seriously– Velveeta is made from the ass-end of all the wheels of other types of cheese made by Kraft, ground down and mixed with the whey from the other cheeses to make it a runnier cheese. Waste not, want not. It’s called “making virtue of necessity.” What else were they going to do with the rinds and whey? Processed cheese (Kraft singles), Colbies and Cheddars don’t make good grated cheese (rinds) or ricotta (whey) like Italian cheeses do.

  • lcky9

    SOOOO funny.. are people really upset that Cruz hates avocado’s??? They are a tasteless veggie without any help from other products to give it taste.. HOWEVER they are healthy for you.. therefore who CARES if someone likes them or not?? He LOVES the CONSTITUTION

  • JGHB

    I have never even tasted avocado. I feel so deprived

  • Zathras11 @B5

    People are missing the key part of his quote. “…because I’m Cuban…”
    With a name like Cruz, I’m shocked.

  • Kaya Hund

    What does Michelle O say about avocados? She’s where I get all of my nutritional guidance. I don’t make a move in the grocery store or the kitchen without relying on Mrs. Obama’s vast knowledge of nutrition.

    • Kaya Hund

      OOPS! My bad, Michelle isn’t available just now. She’s influencing Mrs. Sebelius to give yet another crony Princeton alum yet another bloated government contract to “fix” the healthcare website built by one of her crony Princeton alums.

  • praymorenow1

    Personally, I love avocados….I’m latin too….and it’s a common ingredient in many foods. However, what’s the big deal if he doesn’t like them?
    I don’t like fish. There, I said it. Fish smells fishy, tastes fishy, and looks fishy….
    yet, I love the beach, ocean, sea, piers, etc.
    I feel better having confessed.

  • Stephanie Warren

    well I don’t like them either.

  • GoodGrief

    Avocados taste like dirt. Blech! Princess Bride is awesome! @SenTedCruz is my hero!

  • Happy Dragon

    This is even worse than Rubio’s WaterBottleGate.

  • John Smith

    Yeah retards, how DARE he choose what he likes or dislikes?How dare he be picky in his food?
    Let’s get the congress working on Obamafood legislation this time, where people get fed ONLY government provided food, no choice available and someone else pays for it.
    And they wonder why America is in this mess now. If someone’s food choice is a problem, and gets judged on that.

  • John Smith

    Yet Obama ate dongs, hey no problem.

  • L R

    Since avocados are the bedrock of guacamole and chips, I must object to Ted Cruz’s avocado slur. Me love guacamole