Ted Cruz proved he’s a class act in any language.
The Republican presidential candidate graciously accepted a lame attempt at an apology from Bloomberg News Managing Editor Mark Halperin after Halperin hit Cruz with a series of clearly racist questions during an interview that inflamed conservative media sites.
The interview took place in April, but only got widespread attention after a columnist Ruben Navarrete criticized it in a scathing column Saturday in the San Jose Mercury.
— Bilford Wrimley (@Bilford_Wrimley) May 11, 2015
Halperin’s interview with the Republican presidential hopeful was rife with senseless inquiries regarding Cruz’s Cuban ethnicity. Halperin asked about what types of Cuban food and music he likes and even asked Cruz if he would welcome Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to the presidential race “en espanol.”
Cruz politely declined, saying, “I’m going to stick to English, but I appreciate the invitation, senor.”
While social media erupted with harsh disapproval over the interview, Cruz remained unfazed. It wasn’t until Halperin issued his statement that Cruz finally responded and is earning widespread admiration.
— Iron Scruffy (@Iron_Scruffy) May 11, 2015
— Annie (@McSorley33LA) May 11, 2015
He certainly offered a bigger and better statement. Here is Halperin’s forced apology that came after the social media backlash:
We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach to Latino voters the day after he spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My intent was to give the Senator a chance to speak further about his heritage and personal connections to the community through some casual questions.
I rushed through the questions, and that was a mistake – it led to poor tone and timing. I also understand why some felt the questions were inappropriate. As for asking Senator Cruz to welcome Senator Sanders to the race in Spanish, that was meant to be they type of light-hearted banter that he’s done with us before on the show.
In no way was I asking Senator Cruz to “prove” was an “authentic” Latino.
I apologize to those that were offended, and to Senator Cruz. I promise that I will work to make the tone and questions better next time.
The reason the questions were so inappropriate was because he asked them quickly?
Social media users weren’t buying it.
— S D Winkler (@sdwinkler) May 11, 2015
@MarkHalperin In other words “Im sorry for showing my biased reporting. I try to blend in w/other biased reporters but this was too obvious”
— Eddie (@Qtraxer) May 11, 2015
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) May 11, 2015
Halperin is forgiven, at least by Cruz who could have been more justly outraged then anyone.
— Pam #AFFF76 (@pjfahren) May 11, 2015
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