Cruz Calls Out NYT Reporter Who Labeled His Response to Charlottesville Attack ‘Posturing’

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When a New York Times reporter on Sunday accused Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) of political posturing with their statements against white supremacists, Cruz had a response ready.

Both Cruz and Rubio called the attack over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va, where someone plowed their car into pedestrians amid clashes between white supremacists and counter-protest groups, an act of terrorism by white supremacists.

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for the Times, went on Twitter to offer his take on the conservative senators' sincerity, writing that they were just "posturing" for the 2020 presidential election.

Cruz took aim at Lipton for his decision to target two Cuban Americans, and also got a shot in about the Times‘ past reporting on left-wing dictatorships.

Cruz was referring to Times reporter Walter Duranty, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his reporting on the Soviet Union. It was later found that he denied widespread famine in the USSR, notably in Ukraine, which Cruz pointed out when others criticized his response to Lipton.

Twitter responses hailed Cruz's tweet after he sent it.

Referring back to a similar incident with sports publication Deadspin, people referred to Cruz "owning" the Times‘ in a similar way.

Before his tweet, Cruz condemned the Charlottesville attack and called for a terror investigation by the Justice Department.

"The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate," Cruz said in a statement. "Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act domestic terrorism."

Rubio had a similar response to the events in Charlottesville.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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