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

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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.

Filed under: RNC • Ted Cruz
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    He is so funny. He seems to want to be all these great men from the past. He even mimicked Churchill which I thought was an insult!
    He IS the leader of all the teaklan fools in congress. That's not a joke. It's the truth!

    April 1, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    Love it! Now this is a secure man. Doesn't get angry or defensive – he knows who he is – and knows what's important.
    Don't be fooled. Check his web page. He is for big uncontrolled corporations and Christian Theocracy in this country. What is important to him could destroy this country.

    April 1, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Romney style.

    April 1, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. bcrunner

    @Smith: I am not confused at all. For years now you guys are telling us to stop blaming Bush.. that Obama owns the economy... but you keep trying to blame Clinton... And, by the way, we would stop if you guys at least did something... one piece of legislation to create jobs and improve the economy... besides taking votes again and again to repeal the ACA.

    April 1, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    Yes, yes, yes, seeing the enraged righties on here today having to deal with the FACT that the ACA is on the slow boat to being a landmark success just brightens my day and energizes me. Despite their efforts to sink 'Obmacare' (notice how many are already referring to it as the ACA now- gotta start distancing it from Obama, JUST LIKE HE SAID THEY WOULD) it continues on a path to success.
    Oh, they will continue to lie about it as they have placed all their political eggs in one basket and they must criticize it all the way through November despite the fact it is slowly becoming more popular and less scary now that people see there actually aren't death panels and Grandma is still alive (and the kids get to stay on the parent's policies and the costs are going down, and people aren't being denied coverage because they complained of a headache when they were 7- so that proves the brain tumor they have now at 53 was a pre-existing condition, etc...).
    It is a beautiful and happy day and it is great to be right (I don't mean conservative, I mean correct- Progressives 1,265,342,158 republicants 0... we don't mean to run up the score, that's just how it is as long as you draw breath and continue to be wrong).

    Smells like Victory....

    April 1, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. bcrunner

    @Ol'Yeller: Here in California we had people waiting in line all night just so they can get their names on an application.. it reminded me of election day when people waited in line for 7 to 8 hours to vote even when they knew the president had won the election. It was a beautiful sight although I wanted to yell at those people... who waited till the last minute..

    The ACA could be improved and should. But Romneycare was changed 6 times to improve it via legislation... Their lies will resonate less and less with people... and I wonder how they will adjust then... what will they have to run on in November... because right now they think they have this election in the bag. However, they forget they thought they had the 2012 election in the bag...

    April 1, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Green Eggs and Ham !

    Ted Cruz / Randy Paul
    We will never say NEVER !

    April 1, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Hogan's Goat

    He's all fired up to get rich losing to Hillary! Be sure to send him LARGE donations so he can live like a king, y'all.

    "Green Eggs and Ham ! Ted Cruz / Randy Paul We will never say NEVER !" SPOILERS: In the end, Ted and Randy try the green eggs and ham and decide they like it. How about we just cut to the chase?

    April 1, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC


    @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?
    I haven't absolved Barney Frank. He, along with the Republican majority, supported the ADDI and the CRA. Fannie and Freddie were not conforming to the new rules under the recent CRA changes. Their percentages of loans to people in lower income brackets was too low.

    Seeing how you blame everything on Democrats, you are not one to talk about being partisan. I criticize liberals and conservatives alike whenever it's called for. You're sounding like a hypocrite, accusing people of being partisan. Is that supposed to be an April Fool's joke?

    April 1, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

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

    What's going on, Rudy... going to press some license plates for a spell?

    April 1, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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