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There’s a Reason Conservatives Are Mocking Ted Cruz’s Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday to explain his description of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as a “violent terrorist attack” — and it did not go well.

SO WHAT

Cruz’s performance played into the worst stereotypes of him; not good for a GOP presidential hopeful.

WHAT HAPPENED

In a blistering segment that set Twitter aflame, Fox News host Tucker Carlson grilled the Texas senator for his controversial characterization of Jan. 6 a day earlier.

Cruz said his remarks had been “sloppy” and claimed he’d been misinterpreted.

  • But Carlson didn’t let him off the hook that easily: “I don’t buy that!” the top-rated Fox News host said. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I don’t buy that.”
  • “You called this a terror attack. … That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose. And I’m wondering why you did,” Carlson added.

THE REACTION

For many political observers, the moment was representative of Cruz’s weaknesses as a major politician and a once-and-likely-future presidential contender.

Many conservatives accused Cruz of being unprincipled and weak.

“Let’s hope every Republican learned a lesson tonight. If you go along with the Democrats playbook and talking points, you will be called out. Ted Cruz discovered we will not tolerate leaders on *this* side to once again mimic garbage propaganda by the Left,” tweeted American Greatness senior writer Julie Kelly.

SAME ENERGY

At the 2016 GOP convention, Cruz, the party׳’s presidential runner-up, urged Republicans to “vote your conscience” on Trump, only to backtrack months later.

During the primary, Trump famously insulted the long-time congressman’s wife and father.

  • Still, in September 2015, Cruz said on Facebook: “If [Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton wins, we know — with 100% certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country. My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that.”

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