AP Photo Shows a 'RUSTED' Ted Cruz

By Susan Jones | February 16, 2016 | 5:56am EST
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology in Florence, S.C., Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - You have to wonder how long the Associated Press photographer waited for the chance to snap the photograph reprinted here -- the one that shows Republican Ted Cruz standing against the backdrop of a sign that reads "TRUSTED."

Except Cruz is blocking the "T," so the signed reads "RUSTED."

The photograph is one of two that accompanies an AP article about Cruz's experience arguing before the Supreme Court. ("Cruz argued before the Supreme Court nine times by age 40, winning two cases and losing four, with three cases having a murkier outcome. He says that gives him alone 'the background, the principle, the character, the judgment' to find a solid conservative to replace Scalia," the article says.)

The "RUSTED" photo calls to mind an earlier AP swipe at Cruz.

In June 2015, the Associated Press published two photographs that appeared to show a large gun aimed at Cruz's head. Cruz was at a gun range in Iowa, standing in front of a large poster of a gun, but nevertheless, the image was jarring.

The AP later issued a statement saying that the images "were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light."

These controversial images of Ted Cruz were snapped by an Associated Press photographer at an Iowa gun range in June 2015. (AP Photos)

Cruz, asked to respond to the gun-at-my-head controversy, told Mark Levin: "Well, there's no doubt that if they had run the same photo and it had been Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, then the entire world would have recoiled in horrror, and the editor who made the decision to run it would very likely have been fired, and there would have been a public apology.

"Instead, this has been business as usual. As you know, the mainstream media -- they are not objective reporters. They are hard-core leftists and partisans; they are Barack Obama's most important Praetorian Guard, and no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.

"So it is not surprising to see -- you know, I've kind of enjoyed some of the contrasts of all the AP photos of Barack Obama with a halo of light behind his head versus me with a giant gun pointed between my eyes, because that sums up their views of you and me and conservatives and, frankly, of Americans.

"They view hard-working men and women all across this country, people that believe in the values -- the Judeo-Christians values -- the free market; people that believe in the Constitution, they view us as ignorant rubes. And that's their hositility coming out. And it is the nature of who they are. They are partisans."

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