A Ted Cruz interview went off the rails on Sunday morning when Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the Republican presidential candidate about his dirty campaign tricks.
Cruz threw an all-out temper tantrum when he was confronted about the shady practices of his campaign, prompting an epic smack down from Wallace. The interview went south when Wallace asked the GOP hopeful about his campaign’s recent sketchy schemes.
Your campaign has been involved in a series of incidents that people are calling dirty tricks. 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. 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?
Cruz promptly insisted that everything he had just been questioned about was an outright lie, dreamed up by Donald Trump of course.
Every accusation you raise there is incorrect. I appreciate you reading the Donald Trump attack file on that.
Wallace quickly pointed out that Cruz had already taken responsibility to at least some extent in more than one of these instances, refusing to let the Texas senator silence him with repeated whiny cries about being interrupted.
“Oh, come on, sir,” Wallace said “Wait a minute, sir. You personally apologized to Ben Carson on a debate stage.”
“Chris, don’t interrupt me,” Cruz ordered.
“You fired your communications director,” Wallace went on.
“Chris, don’t interrupt me,” Cruz said yet again.
“Don’t say this in an oppo file on our part, sir,” Wallace continued.
“Chris, please don’t interrupt me,” Cruz tried one more time.
“Please don’t accuse me of something I didn’t do,” Wallace said.
“Let me know when I’m allowed to answer,” Cruz whined like a child that needs a time out.
“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,” Wallace shot back.
Cruz said that of course his evangelical campaign had always shown the “highest level of integrity,” then went on to cry that he thought Wallace was being too hard on him by asking about his dirty tricks and accused the host of going too easy on Trump during interviews.
You didn’t ask Donald Trump about the robocalls that went out from a white supremacist group supporting Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “When it comes to telling the truth and not telling the truth, you didn’t ask Donald Trump about in the last debate, I asked him, true or false, you support socialized medicine, the government paying for your health care. He said false and it’s directly contrary to what he said for 20 years on the record. The facts matter. understand that there are folks that don’t want to focus on the facts.
“If you want to ask him those questions,” Wallace replied snidely. “Guess what, you’ll get the opportunity at the Fox debate on Thursday.”
Watch the interview here, via Rawstory:
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