(USA Features) Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday he feels like most of the American media is “rooting” for coronavirus to get worse because they believe a longer outbreak will harm President Donald Trump politically.
In an interview with Fox News, the Texas Republican cited an example of a tweet from The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, who he challenged days earlier for questioning the president’s remarks about unemployment at the State of the Union address in February.
“The press HATED that, three months ago, we had the lowest African-American & Hispanic unemployment ever recorded. Now that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic—which originated in Wuhan, not the Oval Office—too many in the press are giddy with glee,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.
The press HATED that, three months ago, we had the lowest African-American & Hispanic unemployment ever recorded. Now that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic—which originated in Wuhan, not the Oval Office—too many in the press are giddy with glee. #RootForAmerica https://t.co/JGb5mgHanT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 5, 2020
“[Y]ou see the media — much of the mainstream media was trying to root for disaster,” Cruz told Fox News. “They’re rooting for this pandemic to be worse and worse.
“And you saw The Washington Post self-proclaimed fact-checker was cheering about a line from the State of the Union where the President said we had the lowest unemployment in 50 years. And The Washington Post was saying, ‘Well, that didn’t stand up well to the test of time,'” he continued.
“Well, no, you moron,” he said. “We had the lowest level of African-American and Hispanic unemployment ever recorded until a global pandemic that originated in Wuhan came and ended up causing absolute chaos and catastrophe.
“But yet, the media — we should be coming together to root for America, to root for defeating this pandemic, to root for jobs coming back. And I think too many partisan Democrats want to just use this catastrophe to attack Trump rather than come together and fight for our country,” said the Texas Republican.