CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s interview with Sen. Ted Cruz descended into name-calling and insults on Wednesday night.

The 20-minute interview began with Cuomo asking the Texas Republican if President Trump did enough during the debate to condemn white supremacy, to which Cruz said he was glad the president clarified those remarks. The conversation took a turn when Cruz called the media “completely hypocritical” for how they cover racial comments from Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The press is partisan in this regard. Ten years ago, 2010, Joe Biden gave a eulogy for Robert Byrd, who was a Grand Cyclops of the KKK …” Cruz began before Cuomo interjected to call his point a “weak-ass argument.”

Then, when the senator offered to provide additional criticism of the former vice president, Cuomo responded, “The old Ted Cruz, who he called ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ when he wasn’t insulting your wife and your father, tweeted, ‘Hey you’re better than this, Mr. President.’ What happened to that Ted? I don’t know if he changed or if just you changed, for some reason.”

Cruz said Cuomo was insulting him and was “enjoying it.” He then took aim at CNN.

“Chris, there was a time when CNN actually cared about being journalistic and talking about facts. Donald Trump broke you guys,” he said. “I mean your entire show, your entire network now is just how much you hate Trump.”

Moments later the conversation got personal once again, this time as they were discussing the coronavirus and how specific states handled their outbreaks. Cruz brought up Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and claimed that Democrats have sought to blame COVID-19 deaths on their political enemies.

“There is something disgusting that Democrats are doing, that Joe Biden does, and that you do, you try to blame



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: This combination of pictures created on Sept. 29, 2020, shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.


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This combination of pictures created on Sept. 29, 2020, shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden take the debate stage Tuesday evening in the first of three meetings between the Republican and Democratic candidates running for the White House.

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7:45 p.m.: Climate change addressed after all, debate ends

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Environmental activists were incensed that moderator Chris Wallace’s list of proposed topics for Tuesday’s presidential debate did not include climate change. 

In a surprise move, the Fox News anchor dedicated a significant portion of the debate’s last half-hour to the topic.

Citing “raging” forest fires in the American West and President Donald Trump’s history of loosening environmental protections, Wallace asked: “What do you believe about the science of climate change, and what will you do in the next four years to confront it?”

Trump said he wants “crystal clean water and air” but without putting businesses “out of commission.” He blamed the wildfires ravaging California on poor forest management.

Wallace pressed again, asking: “What do you believe about the science of climate change?”

“I believe that we have to do everything we can to have immaculate air, immaculate water and do whatever else we can,” Trump responded.

“Do you