MSNBC host Joe Scarborough apologized after trading Twitter insults with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz over a misleading Jimmy Kimmel video that mocked Vice President Mike Pence.
“About last night: I gotta work on some things myself,” Mr. Scarborough tweeted Saturday. “I feel really bad about retweeting the Jimmy Kimmel video. I feel worse about being provoked. I apologize again to Mike Pence, to my Twitter followers, and to Ted. I’ve got to do better.”
The ordeal started Thursday after ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” aired a partial clip of Mr. Pence dropping off boxes of personal protective equipment at a Virginia health care center, where the vice president was overheard saying, “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?”
The clip deleted the portion that showed Mr. Pence was clearly joking. Mr. Kimmel later gave a halfhearted apology acknowledging that the boxes were filled.
“it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt,” the late-night host wrote. “My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.”
it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2020
Mr. Scarborough, who shared Mr. Kimmel’s clip, later deleted the clip and apologized to Mr. Pence for sharing it.
“I guess Twitter is a full time job,” the MSNBC host wrote Friday. “I apologize to Mike Pence for retweeting a tweet that had been disproved. I’m deleting now.”
That’s when Mr. Cruz jumped in, calling Mr. Scarborough “dishonest & corrupt.”
Hmm. When you’re on the defensive for being dishonest & corrupt, perhaps best not to forward fraudulent stories from Jimmy Kimmel (that he’s admitted were false)? You are claiming to be a journalist, after all…. https://t.co/tYsgKJGxpR— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
“Ted, when I make a mistake I admit it,” Mr. Scarborough fired back. “You remain mired in shame because you kowtow to a man who called your wife ugly and said your daddy assassinated JFK. Me messing up a tweet or two will never erase the shame you carry every day of your life.”
“Joe,” Mr. Cruz responded, “you chased after Trump for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band; now you pretend to be this indignant paragon of virtue outraged at everything he says & does. All to get invited to DC cocktail parties & thrill the 13 people watching MSNBC.”
Mr. Scarborough got in the last word before issuing his eventual apology, saying Mr. Cruz sold his soul to Mr. Trump
“You lose this fight every time. You sold your soul to Trump. You. Lose,” he wrote. “PS. I don’t do cocktail parties. I went to University of Alabama and University of Florida. You’re a Harvard and Princeton boy who spends your life around lobbyists and billionaires. You can cut out the man-of-the-people BS. Nobody believes anything you say.”
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