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Watching Ted Cruz speak in any capacity isn’t pleasant. He’s smug, over-rehearsed, and likely wearing someone else’s skin. But as soon you notice this one odd, slightly nauseating little tic, watching Ted Cruz speak gets so, so much worse. We’re sorry.
The video above comes entirely from his Super Tuesday victory speech last night, but if you look back at pretty much any speech Ted Cruz has given during his presidential run, every last applause line is punctuated with this bizarre, stifled, lip-biting smirk. Is it a tic his handlers tried to beat out of him? Is whatever’s living inside his mouth trying to escape (again)? Will we ever be able to look at anything but Ted Cruz’s mouth whenever he speaks from this moment on?
The answers, of course, are: Probably, definitely, and god help us all.
Video by Chris Person.