Ted Cruz proved he’s a class act in any language.
The Republican presidential candidate graciously accepted a lame attempt at an apology from Bloomberg News Managing Editor Mark Halperin after Halperin hit Cruz with a series of clearly racist questions during an interview that inflamed conservative media sites.
The interview took place in April, but only got widespread attention after a columnist Ruben Navarrete criticized it in a scathing column Saturday in the San Jose Mercury.
@tedcruz @MarkHalperin see Mark, this is called “classy.” Look it up…
— Bilford Wrimley (@Bilford_Wrimley) May 11, 2015
Halperin’s interview with the Republican presidential hopeful was rife with senseless inquiries regarding Cruz’s Cuban ethnicity. Halperin asked about what types of Cuban food and music he likes and even asked Cruz if he would welcome Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to the presidential race “en espanol.”
Cruz politely declined, saying, “I’m going to stick to English, but I appreciate the invitation, senor.”
While social media erupted with harsh disapproval over the interview, Cruz remained unfazed. It wasn’t until Halperin issued his statement that Cruz finally responded and is earning widespread admiration.
Ted Cruz issues very good statements https://t.co/H2W3HK05H4 pic.twitter.com/gyzkoO9naW — Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) May 11, 2015
@tedcruz @MarkHalperin Senator, you’re too nice.
— Iron Scruffy (@Iron_Scruffy) May 11, 2015
@tedcruz @MarkHalperin classy Cruz — Harfenpsaki (@Oenonewept) May 11, 2015
@tedcruz @MarkHalperin Ted is clearly the bigger and better person.
— Annie (@McSorley33LA) May 11, 2015
He certainly offered a bigger and better statement. Here is Halperin’s forced apology that came after the social media backlash:
My apology regarding a recent interview with Senator Ted Cruz. http://t.co/unovSDhchw — Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) May 11, 2015
We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach to 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 they 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” 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.
The reason the questions were so inappropriate was because he asked them quickly?
Social media users weren’t buying it.
So @MarkHalperin is sorry about poor tone & timing and sorry if anyone was offended. How about I WAS WRONG! https://t.co/jbApjqh29Y
— S D Winkler (@sdwinkler) May 11, 2015
@MarkHalperin are you sad about what you did, or sad that you were called out by your own side you thought would support you? @GayPatriot — Mark McClain (@MarkMMcClain) May 11, 2015
@MarkHalperin In other words “Im sorry for showing my biased reporting. I try to blend in w/other biased reporters but this was too obvious”
— Eddie (@Qtraxer) May 11, 2015
@MarkHalperin “I apologize to those who were offended” is contingent apology on the listener’s interpretation of your original comments — GadsdenJazz (@GadsdenJazz) May 11, 2015
You’re a liberal, so you’re forgiven. RT@MarkHalperin: My apology regarding a recent interview with Senator Ted Cruz. http://t.co/Lgxrr4ve1d
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) May 11, 2015
Halperin is forgiven, at least by Cruz who could have been more justly outraged then anyone.
@tedcruz @GenesSmile @MarkHalperin You are the better, more gracious man, Senator. — Sharon Kusmertz (@SharonKusmertz) May 11, 2015
@tedcruz @MarkHalperin Awesome response Sir! You did it with class! #IStandWithCruz
— Pam #AFFF76 (@pjfahren) May 11, 2015
@tedcruz taking the high road- #livingyourfaith — Andrea (@andreavirnau) May 11, 2015
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