CNN’s Anderson Cooper wasn’t buying Ted Cruz’s sudden concern for “vitriol and hatred” following the criticism he had received for fleeing from Texas during a major winter storm that left an estimated several dozen people dead and millions without power.
On his February 19 broadcast the CNN host ridiculed the Texas Senator in spectacular fashion, criticism that had been lacking in other media such as Fox News and OANN.
Cooper pointed out that at least six weeks previously, Cruz had objected to the electoral certification of Joe Biden – prior to a pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol that had essentially been egged on by the rhetoric of a stolen election.
Pulling up a video of an ABC interview, Cooper snarked that Cruz had shifted from Cruz control to damage control.
“We’re at a very divided place in our country where people are screaming vitriol and hate ( for no reason. I’ve never seen so much vitriol and hate for anybody, other than Donald Trump. First they hate Trump so much they spend four years trying to destroy him, and now they hate me for no reason and want to destroy me,” ) Cruz lamented. “( What is everyone so mad about? I mean, all I did was take a trip to Cancun during a winter storm that may have killed people. If we didn’t, we would have froze to death… is that my fault? Actually, if anybody can be blamed here, it’s my daughter’s. They virtually blackmailed me into going. They swore they would never speak to me again if I didn’t take them to Cancun. What else could I do? It wasn’t my fault. Snowflake didn’t blame me. He was frozen like a popsicle when we got back, but at least he didn’t blame me. He did blame the girls, though ).
“And you know what? That is a sad sign of where we are. I don’t do that to other people. You don’t see me screaming at people I disagree with that they need to resign. One of the things I’m most dismayed about is how in the last 24 hours this whole thing dominated the air waves instead of focusing on let’s solve the problems.”
“As a matter of fact, it has not dominate the air waves,” Cooper continued. “The Texas storm has dominated the news – the storm you blamed on your daughters.
“As for the country being divided, Senator Cruz, it really is absurd and laughable after you and nearly half a dozen Senators who were so butthurt over an election certification to confirm Joe Biden as president, decided to stage a ridiculous stunt – a coup to disrupt the confirmation by wearing diapers as a form of protest – the infamous “Diaper Caucus.” But, fortunately, your embarrassing little stunt failed due to the fact that rioting Tump supporters beat you to it… but in this case, they weren’t wearing diapers – at least not that I noticed.”