Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Ted Cruz has been dubbed many type of unfavorable names and also been compared to many unsavory people (and also various other creatures): the Zodiac Killer, Grandpa Munster, or, as Saturday Night Live referred to as him, a "nasty little weasel." Perhaps, the a lot of favorable compariboy that the Texas senator have the right to case is to the rather obnoxious but still lovable Kevin from NBC"s The Office. But after a side-by-side swarm of Cruz and Kevin went viral, what does Brian Baumgartner, The Office"s Kevin, think of the Cruz comparison?

"At least what I tell myself, and also what I do genuinely think, he really resembles Kevin as opposed to me," Baumgartner tells soimg.org. "I"m not delusional." Baumgartner defines he adjusted his whole physical expression and also stance as soon as he played Kevin for nine periods on the beloved, Emmy award-winning sitcom. "I think Mr. Cruz has actually this comparable type of resting confront, there"s a type of droopiness on one side of his mouth," Baumgartner claims, yet that"s a similarity the Republican presidential candidate shares with Kevin, not him. "I produced a character whose walk is different from my walk; his standing posture, his normal expression are different from mine."


But Baumgartner (that newly showed up in the History Channel"s The Crossroadways of History) admits it"s not all Kevin. "I remember the initially time I witnessed it. I was on Twitter, and also I looked at my photo in the edge of the Twitter profile, which is my normal image. ... I suppose I definitely see the similarities," he claims, noting that the photo he generally sees compared to Cruz is "what I would certainly contact one of the Kevin faces, via the kind of side mouth, curl thing."

While Baumgartner says the physical similarities in between Cruz and Kevin had been pointed out to him previously in the election, he hadn"t thought a lot of it. "Then, I woke up the morning after he won Iowa to about a hundred message messperiods — all people, of course, reasoning they were bringing it to my attention for the initially time," he claims. "That was when it type of came to be... possibly I shouldn"t ignore it any type of longer."

Different examples were sent to Baumgartner, but standouts were the photo and video of a side-by-side comparison poster of Cruz and also Kevin being organized at a Cruz rally in South Carolina (filmed for the Donnie Does YouTube channel and also consisted of below). "The video of him seeing the male and also the look of "oh gosh give me a break" look on his challenge really made me laugh," Baumgartner says. That moment, for those interested, is ideal about the 1:11 mark.

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And Baumgartner has gotten in on Cruz-Kevin meme fun, sharing it with fans on Twitter and Instagram through the caption, "Well played, protester at Ted Cruz rally. Though to be fair, you are insulting Kevin"s knowledge by the comparikid."


In case those remarks didn"t make it clear, Baumgartner is not for excellent old TrusTed this election. "I think it"s fun. I think it"s funny. I certainly have a feeling of humor around it," Baumgartner claims once I ask about the Cruz comparikid, but he adds, "I"m not a supporter of his, so in that means, it renders it a small less feel-excellent than if it were someone I actually supported."

Gun regulate is just one of the huge problems that repels Baumgartner from Cruz. "Kevin wasn"t specifically well-known for his smarts. I was having actually fun , yet I have a really, really difficult time with Mr. Cruz"s stance on firearms," Baumgartner says. "I feel like he tries to paint any type of kind of gun control favor "that side is going to take amethod all our firearms."" Baumgartner also cites a details quote from Cruz (one that Cruz sassist at the development of his Second Amendment Coalition): "What keeps us safe is that we are complimentary world who have the God-provided best to defend our houses and also our families and also our lives."

"I have actually a really hard time via people that tell me what God intended or what God thought," Baumgartner says. "That provides me crazy beyond anything else." Baumgartner additionally thinks this top quality in Cruz — this insurance claim to know what God thinks — is what makes him so different, personality-wise, from The Office"s Kevin.

"As daft as Kevin was, I don"t really think he would certainly ever before pretfinish to sheight about what God intfinished or what legal rights God offered us on this earth," Baumgartner states.

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As for which candidate is acquiring his vote, Baumgartner will not officially say — though he indicates he is feeling the bern. "I think Bernie Sanders is a really important voice. I think exceptionally similarly in line through him politically, yet I"m not fully ready to endorse him," Baumgartner states.

He"s more emphatic about (probably) not voting for the GOP candiday. "I"m not necessarily tied in via one party or one certain voice... however I simply do not check out anyone on the best, right now, who is worth giving vote, also."