CNN anchors accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of promoting Russian propaganda after the lawmakers slammed a new, widely-criticized U.S. Army recruitment ad.
What Cruz said: Last week, the Republican Senator blasted a new U.S. Army recruitment video that told the story of Cpl. Emma Malonelord. The video highlighted that Malonelord was raised by two moms and attended LGBTQ protests prior to becoming a soldier.
The video received mounting backlash which prompted the Army to disable the comments.
In criticizing the ad, Cruz shared a TikTok video of compared it to an ad from Russia’s military that showed men jumping out of planes and working out at the gym.
“Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea….,” the Texas Republican tweeted.
CNN’s response: The network’s anchor Jake Tapper accused Cruz of being a Russian propagandist because he juxtaposed the U.S. and Russia’s military recruitment ads. CNN Senior Political analyst Nia-Malika Henderson said the Republican has “essentially become a Twitter troll” and described him as “thirsty for attention.”
She also suggested that it is a “fact” that Cruz is “being anti-military and embracing Russia…”
“Russian propaganda,” Tapper interjected.
Abby Philips, CNN’s Senior Political correspondent, told Tapper that Republicans are “disparaging the military when it’s convenient to them.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper accused Cruz of “carrying water for this country’s enemies,” referring to Russia, claiming that the site where the Russian military video made the rounds is “far-right anti-American” and “[promoting] fascist and anti-Semitic beliefs.”
He also said that the Senator used an “anti-gay slur” when he said that the mainstream media and Democrats are turning the U.S. military into “pansies.”
Meanwhile, CNN ignored President Joe Biden’s actions regarding Russia, such as the administration’s decision to lift sanctions for a company that is overseeing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. What’s more, the company’s CEO is known for having ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Cruz vs. Biden: Over the course of two days, which came after the Republican criticized the ad, the network mentioned Cruz’s name a total of 93 times, Fox News reports. The network only mentioned it once on the “Early Start” program.
Worth noting: Cruz took aim at the Biden administration, arguing it’s “shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era.”
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