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Cruz SLAPS Fox News’ Chris Wallace

On Sunday, Ted Cruz fired back at Fox News’ Chris Wallace for targeting him with every charge that had been hitherto hurled at Cruz by Donald Trump while refusing to hear Cruz’s reply. Cruz also nailed Wallace for his treatment of Trump with kid gloves while Wallace lashed out at Cruz.

Wallace started his attack like this:

… Ben Carson was suspending his campaign; that was false. The campaign put out flyers 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. Question: Do you take personal responsibility, this is 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’re running?

Cruz responded: “Chris, every accusation you raised there is incorrect. I appreciate you’re reading the Donald Trump attack file on that –”

Wallace interrupted, “Oh, c’mon, sir -”

Cruz tried to continue while Wallace bellowed over him. Cruz said, “Let me tell you, our campaign has been from the highest -”

Cruz never got a chance. Wallace started yelling, “You personally apol – you, wait a minute, you – wait a minute, sir, you personally, you personally apologized to Ben Carson on the debate stage. You fired your communications director. Don’t (unintelligible) on our part, sir.”

Meanwhile, Cruz quietly said, “Chris, let me answer. Please don’t interrupt me. Chris, please don’t interrupt me. Chris, please don’t interrupt me.”

Wallace finally calmed down from his tirade enough to respond, “Please, don’t accuse me of something I didn’t do.”

Cruz, finally given the chance to speak, continued, “Go ahead. Go ahead, Chris, and let me know when I’m allowed to answer.”

Wallace: “Don’t accuse me of doing something I didn’t do.” He couldn’t resist repeating his accusations: “Two of those things, you apologized for one and you fired your communications director. Don’t say this is the oppo file.”

Finally, Wallace let Cruz speak.


Chris, our campaign from the beginning has been the highest level of integrity; when others have engaged in personal attacks and insults, we don’t respond in kind, and you know, it was striking you just had Donald Trump on the air, you didn’t ask him about the fact that he sent out a fabricated quote from Tom Coburn impugning my integrity. Tom Coburn, Senator Coburn came out and said it was an utter fabrication and yet Donald continued repeating what he knew to be false. You didn’t ask Donald Trump about the robocalls that went out from a white supremacist group supporting Donald Trump, telling people do not vote for a Cuban, vote for Donald Trump.

You know, when it comes to telling the truth and not telling the truth, you didn’t ask Donald Trump about the fact that 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 twenty years on the record. Listen Chris, the facts matter, I understand that there are folks that don’t want to focus on the facts, but listen, the voters care about the truth; they care about Donald Trump’s record.”

“Go ahead. Go ahead, Chris, and let me know when I’m allowed to answer.”

Ted Cruz to the obstreperous Chris Wallace

Wallace interrupted, “Senator Cruz, we’re flat out of time, First of all, I don’t think anyone’s going to think I did an easy interview with Donald Trump; I asked him about plenty of things, If you want to ask him those questions, guess what, you’ll get the opportunity at the Fox debate on Thursday.”

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