The day Sen. Ted Cruz eventually drops out of the presidential race cannot come soon enough. I would rather sit through 24 hours of Donald Trump speaking than 30 minutes of anything Cruz has to say. I’m really not sure if I’ve ever loathed a politician like I do the Texas senator. He’s a pathological liar and, in my opinion, very likely a bonafide sociopath. Even the way he talks, he sounds like some cult leader attempting to indoctrinate his audience. Suffice to say, everything about Ted Cruz makes my skin crawl.
I think what bothers me most about Cruz is the fact that, despite being one of the most dishonest politicians in government, he constantly tries to portray himself as someone who’s honest and trustworthy. Even when he’s confronted with the fact that he’s been blatantly caught in a lie, he simply lies some more.
Which is exactly what happened on Sunday morning when Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Cruz about his campaign’s reputation for some rather unethical behavior.
“Your campaign has been involved in a series of incidents that people are calling dirty tricks,” Wallace said. “In Iowa, the Cruz campaign sent out tweets saying Ben Carson was suspending his campaign. That was false. The campaign put out fliers accusing people of voting violations, that was false. In South Carolina, a Cruz super PAC attacked Trump over the Confederate flag.”
“And your then-communications director posted a link this week accusing Rubio of disrespecting the Bible,” he continued. “That was false. Do you take personal responsibility, this was your campaign except for the super PAC, do you take personal responsibility for this series of incidents? And what does it say about the culture of the campaign you are running?”
After insisting that everything Wallace said was “incorrect,” that’s when things got rather tense and Cruz went on to whine about the fact that he had just been called out during a live interview:
Cruz: I appreciate your reading the Donald Trump attack file on that.
Wallace: Oh, come on, sir. Wait a minute, sir. You personally apologized to Ben Carson on a debate stage.
Cruz: Chris, don’t interrupt me.
Wallace: You fired your communications director.
Cruz: Chris, don’t interrupt me.
Wallace: Don’t say this in an oppo file on our part, sir.
Cruz: Chris, please don’t interrupt me.
Wallace: Please don’t accuse me of something I didn’t do.
Cruz: Let me know when I’m allowed to answer.
Wallace: Well, don’t accuse me of doing something I didn’t do. Two of those things, you apologized for one and you fired your communications director. Don’t say this is the oppo file.
Cruz then ran off a list of whiny grievances, implying that Wallace hadn’t asked Trump any tough questions when he interviewed him earlier that morning. He even whined about Trump’s erroneous tweet where he sent out my thoughts on Cruz and said they were former Republican senator Tom Coburn’s words.
This is what Cruz almost always does. When he’s confronted with a tough question, or called out for something he’s done, he resorts to attacking the media or whining that somebody else lies more than he does.
The bottom line is, the Cruz campaign has repeatedly been caught doing some extremely questionable and unethical things. While he can claim that the incidents Wallace listed were “incorrect,” they weren’t. As the Fox News host pointed out, Cruz publicly apologized to Ben Carson and fired his communications director. So, for Cruz to claim that these statements weren’t true is absurd and I’m glad Chris Wallace stood his ground.
While I don’t often praise many folks over on Fox News, I do have to give kudos to Chris Wallace for being one of the few people on the network who’s willing to actually call out Republican lies from time to time.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: