War opens as Cruz, Rubio go against CNN over gun law interviews
On Thursday, CNN host Cuomo accused top Republicans of shunning appearances on the network in the wake of the school shooting. He claimed their absence on CNN was because they didn't want to be asked about gun violence.
"They're all on Fox, the mothership, because they don't want to be asked about this," the CNN host said on his program New Day. "What are they afraid of?"
Cuomo took aim at Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Cruz specifically. “Rubio calls it an inexplicable tragedy. It is the most easily explained tragedy you can have. He knows why this happens. Then you have Ted Cruz. None would come on this morning."
However, a disgruntled Cruz fought back on Twitter on Friday, claiming that he had indeed appeared on CNN but the network refused to air his “15-min exclusive” interview.
Here's a pic of the @CNN interview -- a 15-min exclusive given yesterday -- that y'all still haven't aired... (While falsely claiming I'm "afraid" to talk to CNN.) https://t.co/Bo8AzsuGFXpic.twitter.com/sEtt4bTeUT— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) 16 February 2018
“That's funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?” Cruz wrote on Friday.
That's funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview? https://t.co/c4GZcqTbs7— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) 16 February 2018
None of this is funny, of course. Again, please come on @NewDay and make the case for why you see that as potential solution and answer questions about what else can be done and why nothing has been done. That’s the offer, I await your acceptance. https://t.co/kJubSISiE7— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) 16 February 2018
Be clear: Cruz and others were invited to come on @NewDay and be tested about how to stop these shootings. They declined. If Cruz or others did an intv with Cnn thereafter fine, but they didn’t when we asked. Period. Offer stands. Anytime. Anywhere. https://t.co/Wxy1KsutIo— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) 16 February 2018
Meanwhile, US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio accused CNN of using a “deliberately distorted & inflammatory headline” in his own interview with the network which read: “Rubio: Gun laws wouldn't have prevented Parkland.”
Another deliberately distorted & inflammatory headline:Rubio: Gun laws wouldn't have prevented Parkland https://t.co/sL3oeXBtCb 1/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 16, 2018
In the interview published Thursday, Rubio commented on gun restrictions in Florida in the wake of the mass shooting.
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