Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Senate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRomney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed MORE (R-Wyo.) sparred with one another in television appearances this week, each saying that former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE "broke" the other. 

Cruz appeared on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBiden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface Briefing in brief: US commitment to NATO 'ironclad' CNN's Acosta on Doocy and Biden: 'We never got an apology' from Trump MORE's Fox News show on Tuesday and said the Wyoming representative had "Trump derangement syndrome." 

"[I] think she falls into the category of people who Donald Trump just broke, just shattered," Cruz said, according to Yahoo News.  

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"She hates Donald Trump so much that it just has overridden everything in her system. She’s lashing out at Trump and Republicans and everything, and she’s become a Democrat, and it’s sad to watch what has happened," he added. 

Cheney later responded, saying that Cruz was "desperate for political approval."  

“Trump broke Ted Cruz,” Cheney said in a clip aired on CNN. "A real man would be defending his wife, and his father and the Constitution.”

Trump made a series of personal attacks on Cruz's family during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, suggesting that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and posting an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, on Twitter, alongside modeling photo of Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Raskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' MORE, writing: "No need to 'spill the beans.' The images are worth a thousand words."

Cruz responded at the time: "Donald, you're a sniveling coward, and leave Heidi the hell alone."

However, after exiting the 2016 presidential primary, Cruz became a staunch defender of Trump during his time in the White House. 

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Cheney has faced mounting criticism from her party after she voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

The Wyoming Republican Party voted last week to no longer recognize her as a member of the GOP. In February, the same group voted to censure Cheney.

The representative will now face at least four Republican opponents in the 2022 primary election. One of her opponents, Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, has received Trump's endorsement.

The Hill has reached out to Cruz and Cheney for comment.