On Friday, after former NBC News anchor and current MSNBC host Brian Williams mocked Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as “Kremlin Cruz” because Cruz compared a hard-core recruitment video from the Russian military to a woke recruitment video released by the U.S. military, Cruz fired back with a fusillade of blasts, including that Williams was “throwing a hissy fit,” that Cruz hated Communism since his family had been imprisoned & tortured by them, that Cruz “was arguing that our military needs to be able to kick the ass of Russian soldiers,” and concluding, “You are Pravda.”
Williams started his descent into vitriol by stating, “He really won’t like being called ‘Kremlin Cruz” after his latest and remarkably stupid lapse in judgment. Remember as you watch this just how much Ted Cruz dreams of being president of a country someday, perhaps not this country for reasons like this. He posted this quote: ‘Holy crap. Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea.’ Then he posted this video we’re about to see, Russian propaganda, a recruitment video for their military followed by a video meant to diminish the U.S. military.”
After showing the two videos, Williams pontificated over a picture of former President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, “The Russians already reached deep into our society.” He continued, “Imagine how happy it makes them to have yet another advocate among Republican members of the Senate.”
Cruz fired back, “Is there a more pitiful example of corrupt corporate media than Brian Williams? He was fired as the anchor of NBC Nightly News for ‘misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.’ Now, he’s a left-wing hack at MSNBC.”
Stars and Stripes reported in February 2015:
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years. Williams repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters, a game to which Williams accompanied him.
Crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook told Stars and Stripes that Williams was nowhere near them or two other Chinooks flying in the formation, Stars and Stripes noted, adding, “Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.”
In February 2015, Williams was suspended without pay as managing editor and anchor of the NBC Nightly News.
“Now, he’s throwing a hissy fit that I criticized the ridiculously woke video that the Biden admin put out,” Cruz continued. “Williams accidentally told the truth, when he describes it as ‘a video meant to diminish the U.S. military.’ TRUE. That’s the problem. (The Pentagon put it out.)”
2/x Now, he’s throwing a hissy fit that I criticized the ridiculously woke video that the Biden admin put out. Williams accidentally told the truth, when he describes it as “a video meant to diminish the U.S. military.”
TRUE. That’s the problem. (The Pentagon put it out.)
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 22, 2021
“Now, with his trademark ignorant snark, he’s dubbed me ‘Kremlin Cruz,’” Cruz snapped. “Three problems: I hate communists, my family was imprisoned & tortured by communists, and Brian is a shameless apologist for Russian (and Chinese and Cuban) communists. I was arguing that our military needs to be able to kick the ass of Russian soldiers. It’s Brian & his lefty comrades that are working relentlessly to diminish the effectiveness of the U.S. military—the finest fighting force on the face of the planet.”
4/x (2) I was arguing that our military needs to be able to kick the ass of Russian soldiers. It’s Brian & his lefty comrades that are working relentlessly to diminish the effectiveness of the U.S. military—the finest fighting force on the face of the planet.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 22, 2021
“And JUST THIS WEEK Biden gave Putin a multi-billion-dollar gift, when he waived mandatory U.S. sanctions to allow Russia to build Nord Stream 2, a massive natural gas pipeline to Germany. Who authored the sanctions that STOPPED NS2? That would be me. Cover that, Brian. But that would be actual news, something you don’t do. Use your condescending wit to call Biden “Kremlin Joe”—he’s the one illegally giving billions to Putin. But your corporate overlords wouldn’t let you. Congrats, Brian. You are Pravda,” Cruz concluded.