First, Carlson said that Cruz had echoed the left’s talking points by calling the Capitol riot a “terrorist attack.”
Then, he accused Cruz of lying after the senator said he misspoke.
Throughout the interview, Carlson said things like “I don’t buy that,” “I do not believe you” and “what you just said doesn’t make sense.”
Mediaite further reports:
The Texas senator joined Carlson on Thursday, the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, to explain himself.
“Senator, thanks so much for coming on. There are a lot of dumb people in the Congress. You are not one of them,” Carlson said. “I think you’re smarter than I am. And you never use words carelessly. And yet you called this a terror attack when by no definition was it a terror attack. That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose, and I’m wondering why you did.”
“Well, Tucker, thank you for having me on,” Cruz said. “When you aired your episode last night I sent you a text shortly thereafter and said listen, I would like to go on because the way I phrased things yesterday, it was sloppy and it was frankly dumb.”
Carlson wasn’t having any of it. (RELATED: Tucker Carlson Responds to Liz Cheney)
“I don’t buy that,” Carlson interrupted. “I’ve known you a long time since before you went to Senate. You were a Supreme Court contender. You take words as seriously as any man who has ever served in the Senate. and every word, you repeated that phrase, I do not believe you that used that accidentally. I just don’t.”
So, what do you think? In your opinion, was Cruz’s phrasing merely sloppy or was he being too clever by half and rightfully called out?