Even Chuck Todd’s CREW laughs off camera at Ted Cruz’s absurd Trump defense

Do you believe Ukraine meddled in the American
election in 2016? I do and I believe there’s considerable
evidence— You do? [laughter]
You do? Look—
And Chuck, let me say— Senator this sort of strikes me as odd. You went through a primary campaign with this
president. He launched a birtherism campaign against
you. He went after your faith. He threatened to quote spill the beans about
your wife about something. He pushed a National Enquirer, which we now
know he had a real relationship with the editors of the National Enquirer—
I appreciate you dragging up this garbage. That’s very nice of you. Go ahead—
No but Senator, is it not possible that this president is capable of creating a false narrative
about somebody in order to help him politically? Except that’s not what happened. The president released the transcript of the
phone call, you can read what was said in the phone call—
Yeah the Bidens. You yourself thought the Biden part was troubling. Chuck. Chuck, let me point out a game that the media
is playing, a question that you’ve asked a number of people is you’ve said to Senators,
sort of aghast, do you believe that Ukraine, and not Russia, interfered in the election? Now that, in a court of law, would be struck
as a misleading question. Of course Russia interfered in our election. Nobody looking at the evidence disputes that. The president of the United States does. Look, on the evidence, Russia clearly interfered
in our election. But here’s the game the media in playing. Because Russia interfered, the media pretends
nobody else did. Ukraine blatantly interfered in our election. The sitting ambassador from Ukraine wrote
an op-ed blasting Donald Trump during the election season. That is unusual—
Do you know why? Do you know why he did that? What did Donald Trump as a candidate say about
Ukraine and Crimea during the election that might’ve inspired the ambassador—
So you’re saying they had disagreements with Donald Trump and they wanted Hillary
Clinton to get elected. Okay, so they wrote an op-ed. They wrote an op-ed. What you’re saying is a pick pocket, which
is essentially a Hill op-ed compared to Bernie Madoff and Vladimir Putin. Do you know how ridiculous you have to sound
to have the actual CREW start laughing at you for your insane conspiracy theories while
you’re on the air? I mean, only Ted Cruz can manage to get laughed
for the insanity he’s spouting on television… and he actually HEAR it in real time. And while Cruz’s defense might seem absurd,
what it actually prove is something much more insidious—that he’s willing to repeat
literal Russian talking points because it serves as yet another desperate defense of
Trump. And while it was Cruz today, it seems that
ALL Republicans are now coming on board with this latest desperate defense. Just last week, Louisiana’s Republican Senator
John Kennedy said the same thing on the same program— Doctor Hill is entitled to her opinion. But when the Economist magazine—
When does opinion become fact? Does 17 Intelligence services saying it? Does every western intelligence ally say Russia
did this? I’m just sort of confused—at what point
is it no longer an opinion for you? I don’t think it’s an opinion. I think it’s a fact. I believe the reporting by the Politico magazine—
You just said Fiona Hill gave an opinion— I believe the reporting by the Financial Times. I believe the reporting by the Washington
Examiner. You should read the articles, Chuck. They’re very well documented. And I believe that a Ukrainian district court
in December of 2018 slapped down several Ukrainian officials for meddling in our election as
a violation of Ukrainian law. Now, I didn’t report those facts. Reputable journalists reported those facts. Does that mean that Ukrainian leaders were
more aggressive than Russia? No, Russia was very aggressive and they’re
much more sophisticated. But the fact that Russia was so aggressive
does not exclude the fact that president Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary Clinton. Now if I’m worked—
Actively worked for Secretary— I mean my goodness, wait a minute, Senator Kennedy,
you know have the president of Ukraine saying he actively worked for the Democratic nominee
for president. I mean, now come on, I mean—you realize
the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is this man—Vladimir
Putin. This is what he said on November 20. Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of
interfering in the US elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine. Well, let them sort this out among themselves. You just accused a former president of Ukraine—you’ve
done exactly what the Russian operating is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been
duped? No. They’re now all rallying behind this baseless
notion that Ukraine was responsible for interfering in the 2016 election in order to reverse engineer
a justification for Trump’s Ukraine investigation demand. In other words, they know that Trump went
to Ukrainian president Zelensky and tried to bribe him with military assistance that
had already been allocated by Congress to open a probe into Biden. They know that it was solely for his political
gain—all under the PRETENSE of corruption. But they figure that if they can retroactively
will into existence the idea that there WAS corruption, that there WAS election interference,
then they can somehow justify Trump’s extortion scheme. They’re literally rendering themselves complicit
in Trump’s criminal behavior. Now, this goes without saying, but no, Ukraine
didn’t INTERFERE in the 2016 election. This is a bad faith reference to the fact
that the then-Ukrainian ambassador to the United States wrote an op-ed for The Hill
wherein he criticized candidate Trump for saying he would consider recognizing Crimea
as Russian territory. That’s what Cruz is referring to. An op-ed. And a justified one at that, considering OF
COURSE Ukraine would be critical of Trump recognizing Russia’s claim to Ukraine’s
own sovereign territory… in the IMMEDIATELY AFTERMATH of Russia’s invasion and annexation
of that country. If Mexico decided they own Texas, and the
EU decided they’d recognize their claim, forget an op-ed, Trump would probably start
a war over it. And yet you mean to tell me that Ukraine writing
an op-ed in the Hill was so outlandish as to be considered election interference by
the GOP? Give me a break. So while I’m pretty sure the fact that someone
writing an op-ed doesn’t quite qualify as the full-blown international conspiracy that
Republicans would have you believe, the more important thing to realize is that OF COURSE
Ukraine wasn’t rooting for the guy being propped up by the country that had just declared
war on them. And beyond that, there’s the fact that leaders
from around the world criticized Trump prior to him taking office, not just Ukraine. The French ambassador called him a vulture. Ecuador’s president called his discourse
“dumb.” Mexico’s president said he arrived in the
same way that the world’s most dangerous dictators arrived. Even Bibi Netanyahu said he rejects Trump’s
remarks about Muslims. In total, more than 60 foreign officials condemned
Trump prior to him taking office. So does Ted Cruz think that Mexico also interfered
in our election? Ecuador? Israel? If any criticism whatsoever, including a simple
op-ed, is grounds to call something election interference, then according to GOP logic,
apparently half of the international community interfered, too. The fact is that this is in NO WAY, on NO
PLANET equivalent to the top-down, large-scale interference ordered by Putin and carried
out by the Russians. And look, CLEARLY Republicans know this, but
this isn’t about telling the truth, it’s about going on national television and purposefully
disseminating false information to the American people because that the only defense Republicans
have to try and save Trump—to obfuscate the facts and sew doubt and peddle disinformation,
all for the express purpose of manipulating the American people into thinking that an
innocent country did something wrong, all to protect Donald Trump. And not just an innocent country, a country
that was the victim of an invasion by the SAME COUNTRY THAT ATTACKED US! Not only are Republicans failing to hold Russia
accountable, they’re literally REWARDING them by parroting their talking points. The simple fact is that the Republican Party
is no longer representing the American people; they’re representing Donald Trump. They’ll lie every time they come on TV,
manipulate their own voters, prop up regimes that attack our own country– whatever it
takes to make sure Trump isn’t held accountable for his criminal behavior. Of course, we can all see the truth, only
now we know that people like Ted Cruz are complicit in Trump’s crimes.


  1. workout December 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Cruz is such a coward

  2. Randy Hawkins December 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Why do the Republicans keep drinking Trumps Koolaid? Have they all lost their private parts?

  3. Chris Cuevas December 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    GOP are fucking RETARDED i hate all of them!!!

  4. Vilma Takamine December 9, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    SUCKER!!!!!! what a clown Cruz is, trump's puppet ????

  5. 331Grabber December 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Ted Cruz is a servile dog

  6. feixbix December 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    And a few years later: we did nothing wrong we just where following orders.

  7. Tony Rome December 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm


  8. Tony Rome December 9, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    ?Ted Crews..???

  9. kitkat75 December 9, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    It's almost as if Trump has spent the time and money to find out each republicans deep dark secret in order to blackmail them. They have no minds of their own anymore and seem so scared that these secrets will come out that they are willing to lie and perjure themselves to him no matter what! Perhaps Mr. Kennedy tries on womens clothes to match his high pitched voice, or that Ted Cruz is the one to spread his own wifes darkest secrets. I truly don't get it, and most of the US and even our allies don't get it either! Only his non-educated base licks this stuff up and brags about it. Wait until 2020-21 if he gets re-elected and starts going after social security, disability and medicare. Maybe then his base will begin to say, "hey, wait a minute", that's not what you promised to do! You said you'd get rid of illegal aliens so all us uneducated, white folks can have jobs they were taking from us"! You never said anything about taking our only means of living away"!

  10. Tony Rome December 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    ?Nice suit!!"BTC"??

  11. Robertodette December 9, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Lets talk about the game cruz is playing. He was a senator when biden went to ukraine and he knows what that trip was about. He's lying for trump now.

  12. Edelman Lopez December 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm


  13. Ron Mantei December 9, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Ted is such a great Droid…

    Maga Nation Salutes You Ted !!!

  14. Congruesome December 9, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Yo, Ted Cruz! K.B.I.S.F.B.!

    (Keep Believing It, Shit For Brains)

  15. Congruesome December 9, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Yo, Gomer Pyle! Shut it!

  16. uuutwohere December 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Why are these lying scumbags allowed onto these shows. Also your news reporters are far to easy on them, they let them away with murder and it's the same with trump. If our leader/taoiseach tried to lie the way trump does he would be told to his face that he's a lying bastard where as your reporters pussy foot around him instead of telling him out straight that he's full of shit.

  17. S Williams December 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Wait!!!! I think Meet THE Press may be on to something. Adding a live audience to laugh at these fools may help them realize their lies are LIES. ????

  18. just me December 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    How stupid are these Texan cows to keep electing this moronic POS??

  19. justsaying December 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    What a suck Ass. OMG!

  20. zama202 December 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Senator Ted Cruz wiped the floor with chuck LibTodd,

    just like he did with that Fake Hispanic beto orourk.

  21. braddittner December 9, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    This is distraction, ignore it. Impeach and remove 45.

  22. Tom Valveede December 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Ted Cruz, l know you know this, but l will remind you. You are So breaking Federal Law!
    Whosoever knowing that an offence against the United States has been commited Receives Relieves Comforts or Assists the Offender in order to Hinder or Prevent his Apprehension Trial or Punishment is an Accessory After the Fact."
    From the Federal "Blue Book" of
    Federal Laws !

  23. David Hartsook December 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    I swear this is a cult the voters the majority of the Republicans in the Senate and the Congress this is a cult that's the only word for it

  24. ALAN 711 December 9, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    The "Joker".

  25. BiggestDawgEver December 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I know why corrupt evil people vote Republican but why is everyone else stupid enough to do it?

  26. Scott Hupke December 9, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Keep your knee pads on Ted….can't even defend your own wife over Donnie, pathetic. So no, I wouldn't believe anything you say teddy.

  27. james watt December 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Kruz – the trumpanzee repulbliKlan Kanuck. If texas shite kickers had any integrity, they'd be ashamed of themselves.

  28. Daniel Quinn December 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Slimey cowardly Cruz is like all the republicans now working for the Russians they are all compromised
    Impeach Barr now

  29. Rio G December 9, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    The republicans are a disgrace.

  30. BonanzaN3214C December 9, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Cruz is such a spineless , waste of humanity

  31. JDub December 9, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    own up ted… you effin' liar.

  32. JDub December 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    ted, you and your wife were humiliated on national tv and you didn't have the balls to stand up to it.. you are worthless.

  33. Steven Davis December 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Ted Cruz is right even "Politico" , a left leaning, news outlet, reported that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Hillary. So laughter from the peanut gallery, at evidence based facts, just makes them and Chuck Tod look even more stupid.

  34. Daniel Santillan December 9, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    This fucking guy still in politics? ?

  35. Hayden No December 9, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    You can't write opinion pieces now? News is election interference? Okay…

  36. Bob Krueger December 9, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    What is with Cruz's hair on his chin??? Is Trump's scrote made out of sandpaper?

  37. Richard Cisneros December 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Hope this BASTARD is not latino in any way, his head is so far up Trump's ass you can see him peaking out when Trump speaks

  38. Dre House December 9, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    How many people have to go to jail to realize he is using people to do his dirty work. Is so obvious.

  39. D M December 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    You’re a dumb ass. Ted Cruz destroyed Chuck Todd.
    What were you watching?

  40. Wilson Dassumpcao December 9, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Cruz 's being Trump's bitch…

  41. james rao December 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    for an alternative listen to Dan Bongino. Hes no BS using facts

  42. D M December 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Same news organization that said Donald Trump was a Russian agent and that he committed treason. Liberalism really is a mental disorder!

  43. Charles Williams December 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    The dummies of humans. The republicans that believe.

  44. gman6862 December 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    First of all it wasn’t a “transcript”. It says on page 1 it is a summary.

  45. Samuel Day December 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Ass kissing Ted Cruz strikes again

  46. D. B. December 9, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    You should be ashamed of yourself you just jump on whichever side appears to be winning when you look back at your legacy you won't be able to do anything that put your head down in shame

  47. andrew December 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I dismiss everything Ted Cruz says.

  48. Rawr5649 December 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    John Kennedy talks like he still has Trump's balls in his mouth

  49. Carlie M December 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I wonder what Trump has on Cruz that he defends him so fervently.
    It sickens me to see how Cruz has done such a complete turnaround.
    I guess Trump was right with one nickname….Lying Ted.

  50. MARCELO DASILVA December 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Cruz is a garbage person. Trump crapped all over him and still loves Trump.
    What a low life this guy.

  51. Br Cc December 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Cruz should be locked up on the other side of the border wall.

  52. Abdurrhman Aduli December 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    The Republicans are so stupid, the truth is coming and they will be shocked

  53. Alan C137 December 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Americans should be very concerned that Republicans are behaving as they are. Their complete divorce from reality is extremely problematic to our international relationships around the world. Cruz and the rest of the GOP are making allies question whether they can trust a government with morons like this in control. They have completely forgone professionalism.

  54. Fuegocandente December 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Chuck Todd just chuck todding – aka calling people who push demonstrably false conspiracy theories on his show without any significant pushback. Classic Chuck Todd.

  55. Michael Fiorentino December 9, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    To HELL with Ted Cruise……. He DOES NOT MATTER ….AT ALL. He Is A Traitor To Our Country… PERIOD.

  56. Alan C137 December 9, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Cruz was forced to eat a giant turn on a plate on TV as he stumped for Trump after Trump demeaned his wife and claimed his father was involved in the murder of JFK. And here he is, making an idiot of himself yet again. I think America can see what Ted Cruz is. I wish more Texans would take note.

  57. Michael Cummins December 9, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Are you for real. Lmao

  58. Charlotte December 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    This is so frightening. The Republican party has become a propaganda machine for Putin. Seriously, we are watching the fall of the US in real time. The effects of this stupidity and corruption will reverberate for decades, if not centuries.

  59. Sarah McBeth December 9, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I just love America. They keep talking about who meddled in our election like it matters. Our media make a conscious choice: they can report on our crappy public schools and crumbling infrastructure, but they prefer to talk about interfering in our election or presence in Syria, like if they didn’t interfere or we had to stay in Syria our opioid epidemics would go away, roads and bridges would magically get fixed and schools improve. Even the media who pretend to hate each other (CNN and Fox) are in a well-understood game: keeping people busy with nonsense is good for everybody.

  60. Steve BG December 9, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Cruz has no credibility left.

  61. dave dennison December 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    No wonder these sad fuckers normally stick to fox news interviews…

  62. unknown President December 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Off camera all republicans laugh at each other for being republicans ?

  63. Ryan Racine December 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    GOP repeating Russian propaganda….how far as a country we have sunk. Money over country…….sickening.

  64. Elisheba Mitchell December 9, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Scared of a tweet. Btw Hey Peepers. AKA BC. xoxo

  65. Guix Bo December 9, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Shame on you Tod Cruz you have no dignity what so ever.

  66. Raquel Alhaqab December 9, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    He looks like such a tool with that dumbass beard.

  67. tRumpet troll Killer December 9, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    What is amazing is during the 2016 campaign they all hated Drumps guts but now they lick his asshole like it produces cream cheese!

  68. 101wormwood December 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    nice make up cruz. hope it does you well in prison

  69. Cliff Perkins December 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    My representatives here in Texas really do embarrass me

  70. Jim O December 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Keep in mind folks, Russia also hacked the RNC server. This means they have the goods on them as well. They are shitting bricks to break off from tRump and Russia for threat the dirt will come out.

  71. Bobbyfries Guy December 9, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Trump will grab Cruz by the P…

  72. Steve Fanelli December 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Ted Cruz equals the smashed shit on Trumps shoe
    Please yank him out of Trumps ass and put these skells in jail already
    Lock all of them up!!! To quote the moron in chief

  73. chris allen December 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Republicans are not Americans but damn treasonous Russian operates that have grown on our democracy like cancer!

  74. Steven Bennett December 9, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Canadians are funny. Show us your birth certificate Teddy. Why hasn't CBP deported this illegal alien? Just so there is no mistake. I'm not slamming Canadians. Just this one who has been dumbassedified by living in Texas.

  75. Phil Phillips December 9, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    These two idiots lame logic is only exacerbated by the sound of their lame thick southern accents. Utterly annoying!!

  76. T Dogg December 9, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Ted Cruz is a troll, and John Kennedy sounds like someones racist grandma.

  77. James Konzek December 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Ted Cruz is a modern day George Washington, well that's what Glen Beck said.

  78. Dean Oldfield December 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Ted Cruz is now even MORE of a douchebag than I thought he was!!

  79. tRumpet troll Killer December 9, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    11,000 to 284 lots of luck with that civil war tRumpets

  80. Andrew Nix December 9, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Gargaling on sperm

  81. J McCann December 9, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Surely it was Luxembourg that meddled, aided by Monaco and Ruritania. Bigfoot as always played a leading role.

  82. Andrew Le December 9, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Jesse Lee Peterson: "Beta Male!"

  83. PuC Punisha December 9, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I've heard that the secret is that Ted Cruz's wife is a RETIRED CALL GIRL like a lot of other GOP wives. Mail order brides and WHITE SUPREMACY is what they have in common. GOP+NRA+KKK=KGB

  84. James Carter December 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Republican Party is now scumbag central.

  85. Pascal Mario December 9, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    What an asshole!

  86. T M December 9, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    If someone insulted my wife to the world would I have any self respect left to align myself with this person? Way to go Ted. I feel very ashamed to be from the same state as you.

  87. john grogan December 9, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Cruz should return to the sewer. It's the place for all shxt ,garbage and trash .

  88. Marvin Jones December 9, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    One, more of trump stuges. You have to be a piece of SHIT, when trump talks shit about you and you still defend him.

  89. TheWarIsWithin December 9, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Either money or white supremacy or both is involved in this foolery smh

  90. J T December 9, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    If only the transcript DIDN'T HAVE PARTS OMITTED.

    Stop lying Ted. You're really bad at it.

  91. David Boatman December 9, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Trump called his wife a dog and he still sticks up for the loser! Talking about not having any morals! BLIND LOSER vote him out!

  92. Denzil Riley December 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Democrats are commies scumbag

  93. svtinker December 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Ted Cruz is the Lindsey Graham of the Southwest!

  94. vivofelizasi December 9, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Here Cruz
    just in case you have a bad memory

  95. Denzil Riley December 9, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Nobody said Ukraine alone interfered in the election you bum .

  96. Paul Maldonado December 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    "The Republican Party is no longer representing the American people; they're representing Donald Trump" I disagree. I think the Republican Party recognizes they will go down in flames WITH Donald Trump and therefore they need to save him to save the party. I don't think they are representing the American people or Trump; I think the Republican Party is desperately saving themselves. 'Party' before 'Country'. I think Cruz despises Trump; as many GOP members do; but, he will say whatever is necessary to save his GOP.

  97. yameli diaz December 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Its a gaslighting tactic .Republicans are jerks and blatantly don't Gaf. DEMS NEEDS TO PLAY THIS GAME TOO BECAUSE THEYRE PLAYING DIRTY AS WELL

  98. Jack Chew December 9, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Such a eunuch Ted Cruz is. He’s ruining his own credibility to defend a guy who insulted his wife and father. His family must respect him a lot. He must be the first eunuch in history to have facial hair. Castration usually cuts off the hormones that lead to facial hair.

  99. VooDoo December 9, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    yup, read the transcript ….yeah right……..spineless traitor that cannot read

  100. Craig Crawford December 9, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    If the American people do not go out and vote their consience then the American people have given power to the very people that is oppressing them!

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