Twitter Goes Crazy After Ted Cruz Caught Looking At Photos Of Beto O'Rourke

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appears to be keeping a close eye on the competition in the upcoming November midterm elections, with the Republican caught looking at a photo of his rival, Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke.

Photos of Cruz looking at a webpage displaying what appears to be an image of O'Rourke while on a flight from Texas to Washington, D.C. have flooded social media, with many making jokes at Cruz's expense.

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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) makes a point as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits his turn during a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Cruz was caught appearing to be looking at a photo of O'Rourke during a flight from Texas to Washington, D.C. Tom Fox-Pool/Getty

The photos, which were shared by Politico Playbook, were reportedly snapped on Monday, after an already difficult week for Cruz.

The Republican has been caught in a neck-and-neck battle with O'Rourke, despite his being considered a shoo-in for re-election not long ago.

Ted Cruz studies Beto to try and figure out what this likability thing is and if he can steal it.

— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) September 25, 2018

Does Beto O’Rourke live in El Paso, or rent-free in Ted Cruz’s head?

— take care of yourself (@anamariecox) September 25, 2018

According to Politico Playbook, Ted Cruz was spotted on a flight from Texas to D.C. yesterday morning looking at a page with what appears to be a photo of Beto O'Rourke.

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 25, 2018

The photo snafu comes during a trying week for the senator, with him and his wife being heckled out of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination on Monday evening.

Protesters followed Cruz and his wife, shouting: "We believe survivors," at Italian restaurant Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue, in a show of support for Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were still in high school.

One protester also reportedly shouted "Beto is way hotter than you dude," as Cruz and his wife made their way out of the restaurant.

O'Rourke came to Cruz's defense on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that it was "not right" that Cruz "and his wife Heidi were surrounded and forced to leave a restaurant last night because of protesters."

"The Cruz family should be treated with respect," O'Rourke wrote.

Still, Cruz took yet another hit on Tuesday after The New York Times published a piece by conservative columnist Bret Stephens, which branded Cruz a "serpent covered in Vaseline" and accused him of being "the type of man who would sell his family into slavery if that's what it took to get elected."