Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired back on Saturday after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump launched a lengthy, furious tweetstorm at him.
Cruz reportedly suggested that Trump's attacks came in response to a new poll that showed him losing in a head-to-head competition with the senator.
"That has got to drive him nuts, and I imagine it sent him out of bed this morning tweeting and tweeting and tweeting," Cruz said, according to The Texas Tribune and other outlets.
Cruz then reportedly said Trump's behavior wouldn't be appropriate for a "commander in chief."
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I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!
Just made the point at #NCGOPcon that "we have to protect our border & I think everyone here knows, nobody can build a wall like Trump!"
My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.
China's Communist Party has now publicly praised Obama's reelection. They have never had it so good. Will own America soon.
While Jon Stewart is a joke, not very bright and totally overrated, some losers and haters will miss him & his dumb clown humor. Too bad!
Why is Obama playing basketball today? That is why our country is in trouble!
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
Remember, I said Derek don't sell your Trump World Tower apartment...its been lucky for you. The day after he sold it, he broke his foot.
I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my ‘Ali G’ interview
.@cher--I don’t wear a “rug”—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
.@katyperry is no bargain but I don't like John Mayer--he dates and tells--be careful Katy (just watch!).
.@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I'm not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body --- so I won't. Is this a double standard?
It's Thursday. How much money did Barack Obama waste today on crony green energy projects?
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
Hey @realDonaldTrump - In case you're looking for that tweet you deleted .. I got it right here. http://t.co/a6F98q5xGU
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice
Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
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"I think in terms of a commander in chief, we ought to have someone who isn't springing out of bed to tweet in a frantic response to the latest polls," he said. "I think the American people is looking for a commander in chief who is stable and steady and a calm hand to keep this country safe," Cruz added.
The New York Times further reported that Cruz described Trump as having a "lot of nervous energy."
"And for whatever reason, Donald doesn't react well when he's going down in the polls," he added.
Trump easily leads Cruz in national polls, but Cruz has surged in recent weeks to roughly tie Trump in polls of the February 1 Iowa caucus, the first sate to weigh in on the presidential primary.
Trump and Cruz were once campaign-trail allies, with Cruz in particular taking painstaking efforts to avoid criticizing the front-runner. But two weeks ago, Trump started questioning Cruz's eligibility to be president on a daily basis, and their détente melted away.
On Saturday morning and afternoon, Trump got especially aggressive on Twitter. For eight hours, Trump attacked Cruz for not reporting two bank loans he used to finance his 2012 Senate campaign, for being born in Canada, and for bashing Trump's "New York Values."
In one particularly provocative Twitter post, Trump posted a photo of the ruins of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and asked if that was the same New York that Cruz was knocking.
Apparently in response to Trump, Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler tweeted campaign donations that the "real Donald Trump" had given to New York Democratic politicians over the years:
The Real Donald Trump gave $14,100 to NYC liberal Charlie Rangel #NYValues
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U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz arrives for a luncheon near the state Republican convention, Friday, June 8, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
U.S. Senate candidate candidate Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, wave to delegates after he spoke on the final day of the state Republican convention at the FWCC on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Cruz was scheduled to speak on the scope of treaty power in the U.S. Constitution. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LYNCHBURG, VA - MARCH 23: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stands on stage his his daughter, Catherine Cruz, 4, left, his wife, Heidi Cruz, and his older sister, Caroline Cruz, 6, right, after he made a speech announcing his candidacy for a presidential bid at Liberty University on Monday March 23, 2015 in Lynchburg, VA.(Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz sits on the edge of the stage with his young daughter Catherine during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX ) and his family acknowledge the crowd at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) appears with his daughters Caroline and Catherine at a campaign event at Zaharakos Ice Cream Shop in Columbus, Indiana, U.S., April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and former 2016 presidential candidate, takes the stage with his family during the 2016 Texas Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Paul Ryan made clear Thursday that he is sticking with his extraordinary gambit that he isn't ready to support the Republican nominee for president unless Donald Trump can demonstrate that he's Republican enough. Photographer: Laura Buckman/Bloomberg via Getty Images