Ted Cruz stumps for Gibbs in congressional race against Scholten

By: - November 3, 2022 6:39 am

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a Grand Rapids event supporting Republican U.S. House candidate John Gibbs on Nov. 2, 2022 | Allison R. Donahue

With less than a week before the election, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited Grand Rapids Wednesday night to stump for Republican U.S. House candidate John Gibbs in one of the most competitive districts in the state.

“For the past two cycles, I’ve worked to look across the county and try to identify the strongest conservative candidates who can run and have a real shot at winning. And who, when they win, will be leaders who won’t just go with the flow, follow the herd and do what they’re told,” Cruz said after the “Take Back America” event. “I’m here because I’m confident that when John is elected, he will remember every day that he works for the men and women of Michigan.”

Hillary Scholten

Cruz was a 2016 presidential candidate, losing to former President Donald Trump in the primary.

Gibbs, who defeated U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) in the August GOP primary, is up against Democrat Hillary Scholten, an immigration attorney from Grand Rapids. 

The 3rd Congressional District includes the Grand Rapids metro area, the Lake Michigan coastline and segments of Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

Gibbs previously served in Trump’s administration as an official in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He said during his speech that after the vote to impeach Trump in January 2021 for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, he saw “a leadership void” and decided to run for office. 

Before the primary election, Gibbs attacked Meijer for voting to impeach Trump.

For the majority of his time on stage, Gibbs criticized the economy under President Joe Biden’s administration, made jabs at gender identities by asking the crowd if there are “two genders or 57 genders,” and criticized the current “chaos” in military affairs overseas. 

“America is in crisis,” Cruz said, before also criticizing policies from Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was the subject of an assassination attempt this week.


“As bad as the domestic policies have been and as bad as economic policies have been, the foreign policies are worse,” Cruz said, who focused much of his speech around inflation, immigration and crime rates. 

When asked about the recent home invasion and attack on Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, Cruz called it “horrific.”

“No one should be subjected to violence,” Cruz said. “It is one thing to have political disagreements and debate or discussion. … But an 82-year-old man being beaten with a hammer is horrific and we need to stand up against it whenever it occurs.”

However, Cruz has previously spread conspiracy theories about the attack, like many Republicans. 

Suspect David DePape posted online about his support for Trump, QAnon and other conspiracy theories.   

He told police officers during an interview that after he found Speaker Pelosi, if she told the “truth,” he planned to let her go, but that if she “lied,” he was planning to break “her kneecaps.”

DePape told San Francisco police department officers during that interview he “was certain that Nancy would not have told the ‘truth,’” according to the affidavit.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.