Sen. Ted Cruz’s Harvard Days Criticized

by College Fix Staff on September 26, 2013

The Sen. Ted Cruz pile-on continues.

The Harvard Crimson on Wednesday published a mean-spirited blog post regarding rumors that Cruz, while at Harvard Law School, would only study with other students from Harvard, Princeton or Yale, stating: “But when Senator Ted Cruz—a 1995 Harvard Law School graduate and Republican from Texas—was a student at HLS, his own study groups had an admissions standard almost as inflated as his own ego.”

The Crimson cited another mean-spirited article, this one from the October GQ, which stated: “The elite academic circles that Cruz was now traveling in began to rub off. As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.”

Then GQ had to run a correction, sort of:

Editor’s Note: While GQ stands by  its reporting that Cruz told law school colleagues he would only study with  Harvard, Princeton or Yale graduates — Zengerle’s source, Damon Watson, was  quoted accurately above, and the day GQ’s article was published online,  Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall independently verified the study-group claim— the Texas senator did evidently make at least one exception. (For a Northwestern alum—not even a  “minor Ivy.”) GQ’s original article should have reported that Cruz voiced his reluctance rather than flat-out refused.

But the claims have been out-right refuted by others. Breitbart reports:

Cruz’s Harvard classmate Jeff Hinck told Breitbart News he would study with Cruz at Harvard even though he did not graduate from an Ivy League undergraduate program. Hinck was actually a member of Cruz’s study group and would know whether Cruz would study non-Ivy League graduates.

“The claim that GQ published is silly and flat-out wrong,” Hinck wrote in an email to Breitbart News on Monday evening. “I was in Ted’s study group – along with his first-year roommate David Panton – and I graduated from Northwestern, not an Ivy League institution.”

It seems many will stop at nothing to trash Cruz, regardless of whether the claims are fair or accurate. If you want to know what The College Fix thinks of Cruz, read this.

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  • EndlessSummer

    I’m just thrilled to know that somebody KNEW Ted Cruz when he was at university — that he wasn’t a phantom, that he left an impression on numerous people, that he has academic transcripts evincing an academic history (and quite a superb one, by any measure, under highly competitive circumstances.) Even faculty members (e.g. Alan Dershowitz) reminisce on Cruz’s exceptional, principled intelligence as he studied under them. All in all that’s a great improvement over the narcissistic cipher currently residing in the WH.

    • Mary Canaday Gray

      Smart does not = common sense or compassion or ethics or truthful. cruz (I refuse to capitalize his name as I have zero respect for this vermin) is a POS!!!!

  • Ed Shick

    After the last few Days I, am very impressed With Ted Cruz,If only we had him and rand Paul and 98 more Senators who cared that much about the american People ,,, We have a president which hides his past ,, such as the Time He spent in Moscow going to Patrice Lumumba Universith ,Where there main job is to train up Africans in the way of Marxism and Communist doctrine , so they can take over the world and We have a product of there teaching in Our WHITE HOUSE!!

  • Me Again

    Yes, at least his transcripts and body were at the college, unlike the cocaine smoking, beer drinking pos that can’t answer the 3 am call from Benghazi because he needs his beauty sleep for the trip to LV. He probably had some coke and was hooked up to the still in the WH the night of Benghazi. During the bin Laden raid he was playing cards. Such a great public figure we have for a president. ONE MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ALL WHO VOTED FOR HIM, I was not one of them either time

  • jim

    we know more about his days in collage then Obama