CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s interview with Sen. Ted Cruz descended into name-calling and insults on Wednesday night.
The 20-minute interview began with Cuomo asking the Texas Republican if President Trump did enough during the debate to condemn white supremacy, to which Cruz said he was glad the president clarified those remarks. The conversation took a turn when Cruz called the media “completely hypocritical” for how they cover racial comments from Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The press is partisan in this regard. Ten years ago, 2010, Joe Biden gave a eulogy for Robert Byrd, who was a Grand Cyclops of the KKK …” Cruz began before Cuomo interjected to call his point a “weak-ass argument.”
Then, when the senator offered to provide additional criticism of the former vice president, Cuomo responded, “The old Ted Cruz, who he called ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ when he wasn’t insulting your wife and your father, tweeted, ‘Hey you’re better than this, Mr. President.’ What happened to that Ted? I don’t know if he changed or if just you changed, for some reason.”
Cruz said Cuomo was insulting him and was “enjoying it.” He then took aim at CNN.
“Chris, there was a time when CNN actually cared about being journalistic and talking about facts. Donald Trump broke you guys,” he said. “I mean your entire show, your entire network now is just how much you hate Trump.”
Moments later the conversation got personal once again, this time as they were discussing the coronavirus and how specific states handled their outbreaks. Cruz brought up Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and claimed that Democrats have sought to blame COVID-19 deaths on their political enemies.
“There is something disgusting that Democrats are doing, that Joe Biden does, and that you do, you try to blame the people who have lost their lives on your political enemies, and that’s not right,” he said. “But you know what, it’s particularly not right when your brother has presided over the state with the highest death rate in the country.”
Cuomo defended brother, saying that “New York’s record will stand for itself.” He added later: “My brother was the first one to say there was a learning curve and that mistakes were made, and they changed things as soon as they could.”