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Ted Cruz And Chris Cuomo Spar Over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Coronavirus Nursing Home Policy
A discussion Wednesday between Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and CNN host Chris Cuomo quickly became an argument over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus response.
Ted Cruz suggested it was time to “have a reasonable policy discussion about the policy mistakes in New York and New Jersey of sending COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes.”
Ted Cruz suggested there was “something disgusting that Democrats are doing that Joe Biden does and that you do, which is you try to blame the people that have lost their lives on your political enemies. That’s not right.”
“But you know what, it’s particularly not right when your brother presided over the state with the highest death rate in the country,” Cruz continued. “Was it a mistake when your brother implemented a policy that nursing homes had to accept COVID-19 patients?”
“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,” the CNN host responded.
Gov. Cuomo’s order forced state nursing homes to take in 4,500 patients with COVID-19, the Associated Press reported.
Ted Cruz to CNN’s Cuomo: ‘Donald Trump Broke You Guys’ — ‘Your Entire Network Now Is Just How Much You Hate Trump’
Wednesday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went head-to-head with Chris Cuomo on topics including COVID-19, allegations of racism aimed at Donald Trump, economic issues and the Trump’s Supreme Court appointment during a nearly 20-minute-long segment.
During their sometimes-contentious dialogue, Cruz questioned Cuomo about its editorial direction in the Trump era.
Transcript as follows:
CUOMO: One of the tough questions we’re struggling with, is why do so many in this President’s Party stand by him when he says things they would condemn in anyone else that they would never say themselves, even as he tries to undermine the legitimacy of our election.
Why not they all say, “Mr. President, denounce the Proud Boys, and do it now?” Let’s ask a man with a reputation for great smarts and at one time great truth about Trump.
CUOMO: Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, Texas, out with a new book, “One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History.”
Senator Cruz, Welcome. I finally got a way for you to talk to me instead of tweeting about me, give you a chance to sell your book, welcome.
SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): Well, Chris, good evening, good to be with you.
CUOMO: The book, the central thought, one vote, one seat, one judge can make a big difference. So can one voice speaking truth to power, especially when it resonates like your own. Will you be that voice? Will you say playing nice with the Proud Boys is wrong?
TED CRUZ: Well listen, I’ve condemned the Proud Boys long ago. I think White supremacists, Klansmen, Nazis, are ignorant bigoted morons.
I also think that the American people care about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They care about the Supreme Court. It was a big reason the President was elected. It was a big reason we have a Republican majority.
And I think this vacancy on the court, it’s the reason I wrote this book that was released just this week, because it focuses on the rights that are precious to so many of us, free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment.
TED CRUZ: And how all of them really hang in the balance of the court, and I think that issue matters enormously, and for me, it’s the most compelling issue.
CUOMO: Absolutely. Now, I will exercise my right, and say, was the President wrong to go soft on the Proud Boys in the debate last night?
TED CRUZ: Look, I wish he had been much clearer in his denunciation. I was glad today that he walked that back. And he–
CUOMO: No, he didn’t.
CRUZ: I’m glad that he sought to walk it back. I’m glad his campaign sought to walk it back. But let me be clear also, the press is completely hypocritical on this issue.
TED CRUZ: The press is partisan in this regard. So, 10 years ago, 2010, Joe Biden gave a eulogy for Robert Byrd, who was a Grand Cyclops–
TED CRUZ: –of the KKK.
CRUZ: That’s 10 years ago.
CUOMO: You’re really going to go with that?
CRUZ: Oh, yes. You better believe it.
CUOMO: I know you’re a master debater. And Professor Dershowitz tells me you were the star– CRUZ: That–
CUOMO: –smartest student he ever had at Harvard Law. You’re going to go with that weak-ass argument here? Byrd, who had a complete enlightenment about how hate was wrong, who changed his life, who spoke about it–
CRUZ: Chris, Chris, have you ever–
CUOMO: –who changed his ways?
CRUZ: –eulogized a Klansman?
CUOMO: You’re going to–
CRUZ: I haven’t.
CUOMO: He was a–
CRUZ: Or I’ll give you another example.
CUOMO: Listen, but no, no, no, hold on. That’s your example.
CRUZ: How about right – hold on.
CUOMO: That’s your example. You’re going to use that–
CRUZ: No, I’ll give you another one.
CUOMO: –you’re going to – well but hold on.
CRUZ: I can give you a lot of examples.
CUOMO: But hold on, because I don’t want you to run away from the premise, Senator. I’m not you, but I’m not a fool either.
He did it in Charlottesville. He did it with David Duke. 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 did just you changed, for some reason, Senator?
TED CRUZ: Chris, I’m glad you take tips on insults from other folks.
CUOMO: Really? Am I insulting you, Sir?
CRUZ: Oh, yes.
CUOMO: How so?
CRUZ: Oh, yes, you are.
CUOMO: How so?
CRUZ: And you’re enjoying it. That’s fine. CUOMO: I’m not enjoying it at all.
CUOMO: I’m not enjoying anything about this.
CRUZ: Chris, there was a time–
CUOMO: Except having an opportunity for you to say the right thing at the right time.
TED CRUZ: Chris, there was a time when CNN actually cared about being journalistic and talking about facts. Donald Trump broke you guys. I mean you’re just–
CRUZ: –your entire show, your entire network now is just how much you hate Trump.
TED CRUZ: And you know what? I think a lot of people like are interested in – you said in your opening, it was very interesting, you said the President didn’t say anything positive about the country.
Well I thought the most important moment in the debate, last night, was when the President made very clear that Joe Biden’s policy agenda of shutting down the country, shutting down small businesses, and shutting down schools, and our priority needs to be opening up the economy, bringing jobs back, getting kids back in school. And that’s a very different policy agenda.
We have had an enormous economic impact from this pandemic. We need to restart the economy. And I think the President and Joe Biden have very different visions. Joe Biden’s policies, I think, don’t work and hurt a whole lot of people.
And when I’m back in Texas, people in Texas don’t understand why the press is just like the only thing you talk about is how much you hate the President.
CUOMO: Ted? Ted?
TED CRUZ: I get that the President’s not your friend, fine.
CUOMO: Senator, when you were in the campaign, do you want me to read through some of the things you said about Donald Trump? You want to talk about somebody who had a chance to talk about policy, but just stuck with the person? Nobody did it more than you did. That’s why he gave you the nickname he did and beat you down with it.
The idea that you’re going to put that on the media, my brother, you were the guy who went on Twitter, talking about my naked ass, but you won’t tell him, when he’s being an ass. So, why would you put it on me?
CRUZ: Chris, fine, you hate the President. I get it.
CUOMO: I do not hate the President.
CRUZ: You know what? We started this year–
CUOMO: You are too smart to say something that stupid.
CRUZ: Chris? Chris? Please, please, please.
CUOMO: I respect him as president. I want better for this country. And frankly, I want you to speak to that as well.
CUOMO: You can’t say that we have a police difference over–
CRUZ: All right, Chris, we started this–
CUOMO: –closing down the country.
CRUZ: Chris, but please don’t interrupt every sentence. You’re behaving–
CUOMO: The President had to do it.
TED CRUZ: I get that you want to interrupt every sentence. But you’re behaving like you were one of the debaters last night. We can have a respectful conversation, and speak to each other civilly, or you could yell at me.
CUOMO: Senator, how many times have I invited you–
CUOMO: –on the show?
CRUZ: Well, I remember one time you tweeted out “Cruz is dodging my show.”
CUOMO: 20 times.
CRUZ: Literally while I was on Fox. I was on Fox & Friends.
CUOMO: Is that – yes.
CRUZ: You had invited me.
CRUZ: You attacked me. And, by the way, I did a 15-minute interview with CNN–
CUOMO: I didn’t attack you.
CRUZ: –that day that CNN didn’t air.
CUOMO: I asked you to come on the show.
CUOMO: And you said, “I just did one with CNN.”
CUOMO: Every show is different.
CRUZ: Chris, you literally put me on the screen, and said, “Ted is afraid to come on.” And you invited me, while I was on Fox I mean it was – look.
CUOMO: 20 times I’ve invited you.
CRUZ: Let’s actually talk about substance.
CUOMO: 20 times.
CRUZ: I think you’re less – Chris?
CUOMO: You’re here right now–
CRUZ: I’m here right now.
CUOMO: Because I want to give you a chance to speak.
CRUZ: Chris, I’m here right now, so let’s actually talk about substance.
CUOMO: Good. Why do I care?
CRUZ: And let’s – let’s talk about–
CUOMO: Because last night, you say the most important thing was when he talked about the timing of who shut down the economy and when, which was always his–
CRUZ: No, not the timing.
CUOMO: –which was his choice.
CRUZ: What the solution is right now? 51 million Americans have lost their jobs.
CRUZ: They want to go back to work.
CRUZ: Small businesses want to open up.
CUOMO: Yes. CRUZ: Restaurants want to open up.
CUOMO: They should.
CRUZ: Movie theaters want to open up.
CUOMO: They should.
CRUZ: People want to be able to provide for their family.
CUOMO: They should.
CRUZ: Moms want their kids to go back to school.
CUOMO: Yes. Dads too.
CRUZ: And Joe Biden and the Democrats are responsible–
CUOMO: Dads too, you know? Dads care about their kids in school.
CRUZ: –for the shutdown.
CUOMO: Not just moms. Dads care too. And you know why it can’t happen?
CUOMO: And you know why it was wrong for him to tell your Governor he was doing the right thing when he wasn’t, and he had to learn the hard way, same in Georgia, same in Florida? Testing, Ted. Testing. Testing, Ted.
CRUZ: Look, I am a huge proponent of testing.
CUOMO: The federal government has not been.
CRUZ: But let’s be here very clear.
CUOMO: And the President has slow-walked it, Sir.
CRUZ: I get–
CUOMO: Go ahead.
TED CRUZ: Chris, I get that your show wants to attack Texas, and Florida and Georgia, because they have Republican governors. We have also had much, much lower death rates than many other parts of the country. And it’s political, the attacks you’re making.
I think what we should be focused on, yes, testing, I’m a big proponent of testing. We need to do more testing.
CUOMO: Right, why don’t we?
CRUZ: But we need people to go back to work.
CUOMO: Why don’t we?
CRUZ: And – and–
CUOMO: Why don’t we do the testing so people can go back to work? Why don’t we do the testing, so kids can go to school?
TED CRUZ: Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve introduced actually legislation in the–
CUOMO: Have you?
CRUZ: –in the Senate to create a tax credit for employers to test their employees.
CUOMO: And what happened with it?
CRUZ: On a weekly basis.
CUOMO: Why haven’t you guys voted on it?
TED CRUZ: Well the Democrats are blocking voting on everything. They’ve filibustered legislation multiple times. I don’t think either Pelosi or Schumer actually want anything to pass because they’ve decided–
CUOMO: Did they read “Green Eggs and Ham?” By the way, have they tried that one yet or no? Saving that for you?
CRUZ: Do you actually want to talk substance?
CUOMO: We are talking substance.
CRUZ: Or just insult?
CUOMO: I just like to call out the hypocrisy when it’s there, because the audience’s heads stay on straight that way because they’re not like–
CUOMO: –“Wait, this is the “Green Eggs and Ham” guy. Is he talking about filibustering?” That’s what this show is, but I have to tell you, to cheapen it by saying “I want to take political shots about COVID.”
You know I had it. You know my wife had it. You know my kid had it. You know I network with people all over this country who are still suffering with it. You know I hate that kids aren’t in school or your staff should have told you, I talk about it every night. It couldn’t be less political for me. I don’t want people to get sick.
Chris Cuomo, Ted Cruz explode in off-the-rails CNN interview
Chris Cuomo and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got into a shouting match on CNN Wednesday night, with Cruz accusing the CNN anchor of insulting him and Cuomo alleging Cruz is afraid of President Trump.
The interview descended into chaos after Cuomo, who is the younger brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, questioned the response to the coronavirus pandemic by GOP governors in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.
“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 said. “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.”
“New York’s record will stand for itself,” Cuomo said.
“I know your brother didn’t want those people to lose their lives but you shouldn’t play politics,” Cruz noted.
“Oh, that’s good. So you don’t think he intentionally killed them. That’s good. That’s very charitable of you,” Cuomo replied sarcastically.
“Of course not!” Cruz shot back. “We could have a very reasonable policy discussion about the policy mistakes in New York, New Jersey of sending COVID-positive patients into nursing homes and I think that was a very serious policy mistake.”
“Uh-huh. Because that didn’t happen all over the country, right?” Cuomo said.
“No, it didn’t happen in Texas. That’s one of the reasons why the death rate in New York is four times the death rate in Texas,” Cruz replied.
Ted Cruz: We are one vote away from losing our fundamental liberties
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th, she left a vacancy on the Supreme Court just 46 days before one of the most consequential presidential elections in our nation’s history. This past weekend, President Donald Trump nominated an eminently qualified judge — Amy Coney Barrett — to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg, and I believe the Senate will confirm her before Election Day.
Republicans in the Senate and President Trump rightly are taking action to fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacancy on the court — much to the consternation of Democrats, who were all for filling a Supreme Court vacancy when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February 2016. At the time, the Republican Senate wisely decided to follow a historical precedent and not confirm then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in an election year.
So why is this time different?
Historically, when the president and the Senate are of the same political party, the president nominates and the Senate confirms Supreme Court justices in election years. When the president and the Senate are not of the same political party, the Senate hasn’t typically taken up the president’s Supreme Court nomination in an election year.
Republicans followed historical precedent in 2016 by declining to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, and Republicans are likewise following historical precedent now by taking up President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination.
Further, in 2014 the American people voted for a Republican Senate to be a legislative check on the Obama-Biden administration. They felt the country was moving too far to the left, particularly the federal judiciary. The Senate’s role is to advise and consent on the president’s nominations. By not confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, we were doing the job the American people mandated us to do.
With the Supreme Court vacancy on the line, the 2016 election became in part a referendum on the type of nominee that should replace Justice Scalia. The vacancy became one of the important issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. For many Americans, myself included, it was the single most important reason we voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.
The opinion of Ted Cruz on CNN
Sen. Ted Cruz Says Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘Will Make A Strong Justice’
The Texas Republican, author of One Vote Away, a book about the Supreme Court, says President Trump’s nominee to the court should not recuse herself if the November election ends up at the high court.
Senate Republicans plan to move forward with Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination with hearings before the Judiciary Committee starting Oct. 12.
Barrett’s likely confirmation will lock in arguably the most conservative Supreme Court since the 1930s, with the potential to weaken patient protections of the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights in Roe v. Wade, among other decisions.
“I think she’s a strong nominee,” said Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who sits on the committee.
Ted Cruz hits Fox’s Wallace for ‘train wreck’ debate, pitches new idea for moderators
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blaming Fox News’s Chris Wallace for what he called the “train wreck” that was Tuesday’s presidential debate and says journalists who claim “fake impartiality” shouldn’t be allowed to moderate future presidential debates.
In a series of blistering Thursday morning tweets, Cruz argued that “everyone agrees Tuesday’s debate was a train wreck” and said “a major contributing fact was the moderator Chris Wallace, a registered Democrat, repeatedly interrupting to try to help Joe Biden.”
Wallace acknowledged in an interview the day after the debate that he was disappointed in the outcome.
“I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” he told The New York Times.