Sen. Ted Cruz called out a reporter for playing “that nasty Washington game” after asking an inane question about the lawmaker’s young children going to jail.
The Texas Republican was in the process of answering reporters’ questions during a break in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump when one reporter apparently couldn’t handle the scathing critique he had just leveled at former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“Basically, what they said is Hunter Biden got a job, his dad is vice president,” a reporter said. “If that’s a crime, shouldn’t half of your children be in prison?”
“My children are nine and 11,” Cruz fired back, drawing some chuckles from other legislators and referring to his daughters, Caroline, 11, and Catherine who is nine.
“And I’m sorry you want to throw a nine-year-old in prison, but at this point, my third grader plays basketball and softball at her school,” he added as the reporter tried to finish his point. “So stop playing the nasty Washington game–”
“That’s not a nasty Washington game,” the reporter replied.
“Attacking a nine-year-old?” an incredulous Cruz asked, shutting down the reporter.
Before the exchange, Cruz had said that the Senate had heard “just the beginning” of the corruption in the relationship between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. He almost immediately had to stop a reporter who tried to interrupt his comments.
“Joe Biden, as vice president of the United States – and we just saw video, I’d encourage every news outlet here to show it – of Joe Biden bragging how he told the president of Ukraine that he was gonna cut off a billion dollars, gonna cut off a billion dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor,” Cruz told reporters. “And in Joe Biden’s own words, ‘Son of a b**ch, they fired the guy.'”
Ted Cruz just went beastmode shredding Hunter Biden and Joe and the journos went bonkers!!! LMAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/ySrSZ936iO
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 27, 2020
The senator continued to be interrupted as it seemed they were intent on defending the Bidens against his remarks and one pressed Cruz about what his thoughts were about the latest reports on John Bolton’s book.
“I get that the press loves to obsess over the latest bombshell,” he said. “Listen, I don’t know what John Bolton’s book says or doesn’t say…but at the end of the day, it doesn’t impact the legal issue before this Senate.”
“The legal issue before this Senate is whether a president has the authority to investigate corruption,” he explained. “The House Managers built their entire case on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, that investigating the Bidens for corruption was baseless and a sham. … That proposition is absurd.”
He went on to note the remarks made by Trump’s defense attorney Pam Bondi earlier in the Senate about Hunter Biden and Burisma.
“The House [impeachment] managers built their entire case on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, investigating the Bidens for corruption was baseless and a sham,” Cruz said, once again being interrupted by reporters.
“I’m going to finish my point and then I’m happy to answer your question,” he said.
“That proposition is absurd … we’ve just seen two hours of evidence and, at a minimum, it was not only reasonable and justified, but the president, I think, had an obligation to investigate corruption that potentially extended to the very highest levels of government,” he added.
While Cruz repeatedly shut down reporters by presenting the case against Biden, the question about his children going to jail sparked immediate reaction on social media.
Good restraint from Sen. Cruz to not follow up “my children are 9 and 11” with “dumbass.”
— ?’? ? ??????? ???? (@BecketAdams) January 28, 2020
RIP reporter. The Zodiac Killer strikes yet again!
— TheEschaton’sJanitor (@TEJanitor) January 28, 2020
Sen. Scott’s expression here is all of us.
— Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower) January 28, 2020
Liberal activists calling themselves “reporters” ?
— Respect (@Tweeterbird947) January 28, 2020
Reporter asks dumb question and gets called on it. Ted was pretty mild really. Dude didn’t do his homework and accused him of nepotism.
— Smitty216 (@SmittyO216) January 28, 2020
Why are the reporters arguing their point when talking to the senator? Isn’t their job to ask questions and report the answers. Rhetorical question.
— Daniel Scott Johnson (@BDDanielJohnson) January 28, 2020
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