Ted Cruz's fake tattoo and other April Fools’ pranks
April 1st, 2014
11:42 AM ET
4 months ago

Ted Cruz's fake tattoo and other April Fools’ pranks

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz rolled up his sleeve Tuesday to show off his new "tattoo."

The inked up arm was one of a number of April Fools’ pranks that played out in the political world.

For Cruz's part, the Texas Republican was doing an interview on "Fox and Friends" when the hosts noted he wasn't wearing a suit jacket over his white-collared shirt.

The senator mentioned some street art that he saw in California earlier this month, depicting a tattooed-clad (and rather buff) Cruz.

"Politics is a strange thing. It inspired me," he said as he rolled up his sleeve to reveal a face on his upper arm. "I'm proud to stand with Winston Churchill."

"I got to say my wife was fairly astonished," he added.

Asked if it was real or not, Cruz noted the calendar: April 1. He later tweeted a photo of his new arm buddy.

Others also had fun with the first day of April.

The Republican National Committee blasted out an email and a tweet, announcing the GOP was changing colors, abandoning red for the color blue that's traditionally affiliated with Democrats.

"The RNC has made a commitment to attracting new voters and revitalizing the image of the Republican Party," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "This unprecedented color swap sends a clear signal that we're serious about change - and that we're making a clean break with the recent past."

Priebus argued Democrats can use the color red, saying it will fall in line with their record of "red tape, red lines and red ink."

The RNC also announced it was rolling out a new logo. It directed readers to a link to see the new brand, but the link connects to a website that says in big letters: "APRIL FOOLS!"

Down South, the Florida Republican Party tweeted an image of a "breaking news" article that claimed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist had once again changed his political affiliation.

"Although this sounds very believable, sadly Crist has not made a fool of himself and this is just a silly April Fools’ joke," the faux-article stated.

Crist, who’s running for his old job as governor, was formerly a Republican who turned Independent and is now a Democrat.

And while it wasn't quite an April Fools' prank, former President Bill Clinton got in on the laughs as well.

His Twitter account posted an image that appears to be Bill Clinton edited into his wife's Twitter profile picture, a meme-friendly image that went viral in 2012.

In the famous picture, the former secretary of state can be seen staring down at her BlackBerry on a C-17 transport to Libya while wearing a pair of shades.

The photo on Bill Clinton's Twitter account Tuesday has the same people in the background, only it's the former President who's seen glaring at a device instead in a pair of sunglasses.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Yeah, Cruz sure fooled me.
    I thought he'd joined the Hells' Angels.

    April 1, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Peace

    Come on Cruz, we all know it is fools day, but only for few hours. The rest of us are concentrating on the Milestone we have reached on enrollment of Obamacare, of which you shut down the Government because of it. We are not interested on jokes which only last for few hours, we are interested on something major like Obamacare which most of peoples lives will depend on.

    April 1, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Hey, folks. I'm gonig on a sabbatical in the near future. I'm giving the Matrix of Leadership to Gurgyl.

    April 1, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Yeah. He's Texas' eternal fool. He's so embarrassing. We can't stand him here in Dallas.

    April 1, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. salty dog

    The attracting new voters and revitalizing their image, April fools, except their fools 365.

    April 1, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. smith

    @Rudy-Google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Coming from someone who thinks Putin invaded Georgia because George Bush made him angry, It doesn`t surprise me your in denial or just not informed.

    April 1, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    The biggest prank is that Rafael Cruz is in the U.S. Senate.

    April 1, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Happy April Fool's Day to everyone of us fools!
    I actually liked the Crist has switched Party joke.

    April 1, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Children will be children.

    April 1, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Coming from someone who thinks Putin invaded Georgia because George Bush made him angry, It doesn`t surprise me your in denial or just not informed.
    -------------------------
    Why don't you explain why the changes made a difference for the class? Hmm. You made the argument, you try to prove your own point. I'm too busy pretending that I'm too stupid to recognize a baited hook.

    April 1, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    smith

    @Rudy-Google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Coming from someone who thinks Putin invaded Georgia because George Bush made him angry, It doesn`t surprise me your in denial or just not informed.
    ------–
    smith – he just makes this stuff up on the fly, the goal being coming up with something to get his low-info disciples to believe.

    April 1, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    breaking news..........the GOP is going to stop trying to repeal the ACA and will actively recruit people to join, saying it's the best thing for them

    April 1, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. ST

    On Fools Day, I have a question to Ted Cruz: "On this day, does anything click your mind and think one day you will lead this greatest country on earth even if its for few hours"?

    April 1, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    smith

    @Rudy-Google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Coming from someone who thinks Putin invaded Georgia because George Bush made him angry, It doesn`t surprise me your in denial or just not informed.
    --–
    smith – he just makes this stuff up on the fly, the goal being coming up with something to get his low-info disciples to believe.
    ------------------------------
    You just have no answer to the FACT that the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative" was the main catalyst for the mortgage crisis that occurred three years after it was passed. Bush made speeches to the American People, selling them on the idea that they can go out and buy a home without any legal advice....that it was almost as easy as a car loan.

    Neither can any of you explain what Clinton did to Reinvestment Act that actually caused harm to the economy, much less precipitate the mortgage crisis. You can't because there is simply no tangible connection. You might as well blame hanging chad in Florida for the economic crisis.

    April 1, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. rs

    Hmmmm. April Fools Day and Ted Cruz.... quite the match-up.

    April 1, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    -–bunch of GOP kids....

    April 1, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Swedge70

    Cruz is a tool, but that cigarette joke was actually pretty good.

    April 1, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. bcrunner

    Every time I see his face I think of green eggs and ham.... he is not a serious person.... therefore, I can't take him seriously...

    April 1, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. yolanda

    @Rudy, so Barney Frank and his insistence that Fannie and Freddie were in good shape and that the govt. should not worry about them, but rather about providing loans to everyone was of no consequence? Why do you always place the blame on one side of the aisle? Your lack of intellectual honesty greatly diminishes any valid points that you might make.

    April 1, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. bcrunner

    Fair is Fair and his righ wing friends are constantly telling us to stop blaming Bush for an economy that has not recovered completely. Yet, they keep trying to blame Clinton for it. Without any concrete reasons to point to. They also forget that Bush was one of the biggest proponets of home ownership.

    Fair: Please google Bush's speeches on the subject. I will never forget listening to him on the radio one day years ago saying... "you don't have to settle for any home... you can buy a beautiful home.." Maybe those were not the exact words, but basically he was telling the listeners that you don't need to settle for something you can afford... I was stunned hearing this.... Please google it!!

    April 1, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Fair's posts are like April Fools Day, every day of the year.

    April 1, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. freedom

    Love it! Now this is a secure man. Doesn't get angry or defensive – he knows who he is – and knows what's important.

    April 1, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. smith

    @Rudy-First you denied the revisions ever took place. Now, your saying forcing banks to give home loans to poeple that cannot afford them will not have a negative effect. Geez.

    April 1, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    Remember that funny prank where Cruz fooled us into thinking he was shutting down the government and holding the country hostage? Oh God, that was real.

    April 1, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. smith

    @bcrunner-No one is saying Clinton is fully to blame and no one is saying Bush is innocent. Not sure how you got confused on that front

    April 1, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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