Presidential candidate Ted Cruz appears on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on March 30, 2016.
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Ted Cruz jokes about hitting Trump with a car on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’


If given the opportunity, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz joked Wednesday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he would possibly run over his GOP presidential opponent Donald Trump with a car. 

Before Cruz came on the set to chat with Kimmel, a segment brainstorming April Fool’s Day prank ideas aired. One idea included placing a photo of Trump in front of a car’s backup camera to trick someone into thinking they are about to hit the real estate mogul as they reversed their car. Cruz also revealed that he might dislike Trump more than President Obama after Kimmel asked whom, of the two politicians, he disliked most.

“I dislike Obama’s policies more, but Donald … Donald is a unique individual,” Cruz said. “I will say, I was watching the early part of the show, and if I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d push,” Cruz added, jokingly.

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During his chat with Kimmel, Cruz also discussed concerts he’s attended, “Star Wars,” cereal, his dreams to be an actor in high school and his more recent controversial stance to patrol Muslim neighborhoods to prevent radical terrorism. When asked what Cruz’s favorite cereal was, he initially asked, “serial killer or cereal?” – possibly teasing an ongoing joke on the Internet that the GOP candidate is the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer in the U.S. during the late 1960s.  

Cruz also joked that Kimmel’s “salt and pepper” beard gave him a “distinguished look,” to which Kimmel responded, “You’re not going to put me on the Muslim watch list, because of this are you?”

“It’s already done actually,” Cruz said with a laugh and shrug. 

Kimmel also poked fun at Trump’s ability to cause other GOP lawmakers to support Cruz despite their previous outspoken criticism. Cruz noted that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had joked about Cruz’s murder just three weeks before Graham announced his support for Cruz on the campaign trail.

“They held out until they found someone they like less than you,” Kimmel said.

The conversation shifted to a more serious tone when Kimmel asked Cruz if the senator was contradicting his constitutionalist ideals by promoting the patrol of Muslim neighborhoods to prevent the spread of radical Islam – an idea, Kimmel suggested, that seems to work against the Bill of Rights. Cruz said his stance is not contradictory, detailing his concern for the growth of terrorism. 

“If you’re going to fight it, you got to call it by its name and use the tools we have to defeat radical Islamic terrorism to keep America safe. I think that’s the most important job of the commander in chief,” Cruz said. 

Kimmel struggled to side with Cruz and said the two will just “agree to disagree” on the issue.

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Ted Cruz jokes about hitting Trump with a car on 'Jimmy Kimmel'