“It all troubles me, Ted, to watch guys like you stand by and stroke your beard like a wise man, instead of telling the president to get on it when you have power,” Cuomo said.
“How about telling your brother to get on it,” Cruz quipped back.
“My brother will stand for his own record. Why don’t you talk to the president like you talk to my brother?” Cuomo responded. “You afraid of him? You think he’ll smack you down at home? Is that what it is? Like he shut you up in the primary?”
“Yeah, I’m terrified of the Cuomos,” Cruz mocked.
That’s when Cuomo replied, “I’m talking about the president. My brother’s not the president. The one who called you a liar, the one who said your wife was ugly. That guy. The one you won’t say anything about.”
As you may recall, during the 2016 Republican primaries, Trump viciously attacked Cruz’s wife, Heidi, by posting an unflattering picture of her on social media and threatening to “spill the beans” on something she had done.
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cruz was met with loud boos when he refused to endorse Trump, insisting that he didn’t want to support people “who attack my life and attack my father.” He later ended up backtracking and supporting Trump’s candidacy.
Cuomo’s reminder of the incident briefly stunned Cruz into silence before he eventually replied, “You actually wonder why you don’t have a lot of Republicans that want to come on your show. You scream at me and yell at me and insult me.”
Except that Cuomo didn’t insult Cruz. He merely repeated an insult made by Trump.