Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz spent about half of his Meet the Press interview on Sunday dodging the question of whether he’d support Donald Trump if he wins, and at a press availability Tuesday morning in Indiana, he completely lost it on MSNBC Cruz beat reporter Hallie Jackson when she tried to ask him again. After going off on Donald Trump’s problems with women for several minutes, Jackson took another run at the question, and when Cruz curtly cut her off, Jackson hung in there as he continued to scold her:
Hallie Jackson: Senator, these are some of the strongest words you’ve used against Donald Trump yet. You know I have been with you, I heard you talk about him. Today feels different for you. I’m going to ask you a question and you’re going to say I sound like a broken record, and you’re going to say that Donald Trump is not…
Ted Cruz: If you sound like a broken record, does someone else have a question? You have asked one already, Hallie.
Hallie Jackson: But Senator, why not say once and for all, Senator, once and for all, will you support him as the nominee? I don’t understand why you won’t answer the question, Senator. If you say he’s a liar, Jess, I’m sorry, but if you say he’s a pathological liar…
Ted Cruz: Hallie, you have asked one already.
Hallie Jackson: But why not definitively say?
Cruz’s treatment of Jackson notwithstanding, if any of those reporters were worth a damn, they’d have insisted Hallie get an answer before allowing Cruz to move on. There’s no one question limit, and he had already recognized her for a question, so his dismissal of her was pure cowardice, and not the sort of thing that demonstrates respect for women, or for the press.
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