Senator relishes day-long slugfest with Chris Cuomo after CNN host says, ‘You are a Covidiot, Senator Cruz’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) once more locked horns with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Twitter over President Trump’s ongoing legal battle challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic. This time, the confrontation started Tuesday when Cruz shared a segment from his “Verdict” podcast, offering what some on the left now see as a “radical proposition” — that all votes need to be counted and all legal challenges need to be ruled upon before a president is certified.
“Here’s a radical proposition — elections are decided when the results have been counted and the legal proceedings are over. That didn’t use to be a controversial proposition,” Cruz posited.
For Cuomo, it evidently is. The “Cuomo Prime Time” host took issue with the statement.
“Wrong,” Cuomo bluntly stated. “You have been empowering the notion that there are problems with the count that justify delaying transition in the middle of figuring out how to distribute a vaccine in a pandemic.”
“Own it…because the position owns you and will be remembered,” Cuomo threatened.
Here's a radical proposition — elections are decided when the results have been counted and the legal proceedings are over.
That didn't use to be a controversial proposition.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 17, 2020
“Hush child,” Cruz calmly shot back.
“Senator, you have people on lines for food in your state. Focus on them…on those children. Every day you delay relief the line grows,” Cuomo stated.
Cruz then hit Cuomo with a fact-check on how Senate Democrats have blocked COVID relief bills from passing.
Hush child. https://t.co/qxzHMcFxFS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 17, 2020
“In the past 2 months, we’ve voted TWICE on $500 billion in COVID relief. Both times, Senate Dems filibustered the bill. You should call on your own party to stop blocking relief. EVERY SINGLE Dem voted to filibuster. I suspect you never reported on that fact to your viewers,” Cruz informed Cuomo.
In the past 2 months, we’ve voted TWICE on $500 billion in COVID relief. Both times, Senate Dems filibustered the bill.
You should call on your own party to stop blocking relief. EVERY SINGLE Dem voted to filibuster.
I suspect you never reported on that fact to your viewers. https://t.co/Thsid8ZBbm
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 18, 2020
Cuomo could not resist dragging their war of words on-air. He called Cruz’s stances a “unique brand of jackassery” after he called out his colleague Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for trying to lecture Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for not wearing a mask on the Senate floor.
.@CNN's fake tough guy, @ChrisCuomo takes his Twitter spat with Senator @TedCruz to his show.
Fredo, who ducked out of quarantine and has been repeatedly caught breaking mask guidelines, calls the Harvard grad a "COVID-iot" for calling out Sen. Sherrod Brown's virtue signaling. pic.twitter.com/4E1EpBLxvs
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) November 18, 2020
“You are a Covidiot, Senator Cruz,” Cuomo snidely commented. “I know you went to Harvard, I know you’re really smart. You just try really hard not to act that way too often, especially when Trump is involved.”
“You would think Cruz would have a lot more sense about how bad this virus is. You see what is happening in his state of Texas? Just became the first to surpass a million cases. He doesn’t say that often. Not to mention the hunger pandemic that is there – thousands waiting in food lines in north Texas this weekend, cars as far as you can see filled with Americans in need when they shouldn’t be,” Cuomo snarled.
This is not the first time that Cruz and Cuomo have faced off. During an on-air interview. In late September, Cruz got into it with Cuomo over the coronavirus and invoked his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic in his state. Cruz also highlighted Cuomo’s double standard as he repeatedly condemned GOP governors with smaller death tolls in their states.
“I get that your show wants to attack Texas, and Florida, and Georgia because they have Republican governors. We’ve also had much, much lower death rates than many other parts of the country,” Cruz said. “And it’s political, the attacks you’re making.”
“There is something disgusting that Democrats are doing, that Joe Biden does, and that you do, which is you try to blame the people who’ve lost their lives on your political enemies,” Cruz went on. “And that’s just not right… It’s not right at all and it’s particularly not right, Chris, when your brother has presided over the state with the highest death rate in the country.”