Ted Cruz has spent much of the last year as a walking punch line. You would never know it from his Twitter feed, though. The Texas senator frequently and without a sense of irony bashes other law makers and media personalities.
He tried to do this on Monday, ripping into CNN’s Clarissa Ward for reporting from Kabul in a burka. The Twitter feed for CNN was quick to tear him up over it.
Conservative conspiracy theorist Jake Posobiec tweeted a video of Ward reporting and wrote, “‘They’re chanting Death to America, but they seem friendly at the same time.'”
Is there an enemy of America for whom @CNN WON’T cheerlead? (In mandatory burkas, no less.) https://t.co/9O6pe8yROM
Cruz retweeted the message, writing, “Is there an enemy of America for whom CNN WON’T cheerlead? (In mandatory burkas, no less.)”
CNN responded to the remark, “Rather than running off to Cancun in tough times, Clarissa Ward is risking her life to tell the world what’s happening. That’s called bravery. Instead of RTing a conspiracy theorist’s misleading soundbite, perhaps your time would be better spent helping Americans in harm’s way.”
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