Ari Melber Chides Ted Cruz Ahead of Trump Rally By Invoking Rap Beef: As if Drake and Pusha-T Made an Album


Noted hip hop fan and MSNBC host Ari Melber invoked a high-profile rap beef to chide Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for welcoming President Donald Trump for a campaign rally in Texas despite their heated 2016 campaign battle.

During Monday night’s edition of The Beat, Melber knocked Cruz for accepting Trump’s support in his midterm fight with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R-TX).

“Critics say tonight’s rally reveals at least two things about Cruz,” Melber said. “Politically, he’s in trouble with a close race with Democrat Beto O’Rourke. And personally, his response to Trump’s attacks is to give in rather than hold his ground. That’s bigger than politics. It goes to your life ethic.

“Now some claim there are no rules in these kinds of battles. Other people say there are lines that you cannot cross, that can’t be forgiven — like family. That issue in the Trump-Cruz beef was also the issue in the beef between musicians Drake and Pusha-T. And Drake just explained some attacks cannot be forgiven.”

Melber threw to a clip of Drake slamming Pusha-T for wishing death upon a friend of his who was afflicted by multiple sclerosis.

“When you mention defenseless people who are sick, in the hospital that passed away, there’s just a price that you have to pay for that,” Drake said recently on HBO.

“Tonight’s Trump-Cruz rally is the political equivalent of Drake and Pusha-T making an album together,” Melber said. “That will never happen, because apparently, family values are stronger in celebrity rap battles than in today’s Texas Republican politics.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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