[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After an interview with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz several days ago, using a line of questioning that even leftist think tank, “Think Progress” called “the most racist interview of a 2016 candidate,” Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin issued a pathetic, half-baked apology “to those that were offended,” only pleading guilty to botching the “tone and timing.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]
“We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach with Latino voters the day after he spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My intent was to give the Senator a chance to speak further about his heritage and personal connections to the community through some casual questions. I rushed through the questions, and that was a mistake — it led to poor tone and timing. I also understand why some felt the questions were inappropriate.
As for asking Senator Cruz to welcome Senator Sanders to the race in Spanish, that was meant to be the type of light-hearted banter that he’s done with us before on the show. In no way was I asking Senator Cruz to “prove” he was an “authentic” Latino. I apologize to those that were offended, and to Senator Cruz. I promise that I will work to make the tone and questions better next time.”
In other words, Halperin delivered a non-apology, apology, a classic “I’m sorry you got upset,” sorry-not sorry response.
However, as we pointed out, if such questions were asked to Barack Obama in 2008, all leftists would be calling for the journalist’s scalp, demanding that he or she gets fired and nothing less. If Halperin were a conservative and Cruz was a far-left liberal Democrat, Halperin wouldn’t have an opportunity to ask “questions better next time,” because he’d have been out of a job.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]As he did to Halperin’s racist attack against his Cuban and Hispanic heritage, Cruz responded with professionalism, grace, sincerity and class:
In case you missed it, Halperin’s racist interview included these questions, an unhinged attempt to discredit, ridicule, and shame away Cruz’s Hispanic and Cuban heritage, which is a threat to the Democrat Party:
- “What’s your appraisal of Bernie Sander’s candidacy and can we hear your very good and very respectful imitation of him?”
- “Your last name is Cruz and you’re from Texas. Just based on that, should you have appeal to Hispanic voters?”
- “People are really interested in you and your identity when you filled out your application to Princeton and Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as a Hispanic?”
- “Do you have a favorite Cuban food or Cuban dish? What’s [interrupting Cruz’s answer] your favorite dish?”
- “Do you like Cuban music? Do you have a favorite Cuban singer?”
- “And finally, we wanted to give you the opportunity to directly welcome your colleague Senator Sanders to the race and I’d like you to do it, if you would, en Español.“
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