Chuck Todd gave Ted Cruz more than he expected as he did not get the normal treatment he was used to on Meet The Press. He kept Cruz off balance for the entire interview. At the interview's closing, Cruz did not even respond to Todd thanking him for the interview. Here are some examples of Chuck Todd's challenging Ted Cruz at every turn.
Chuck Todd was uncharacteristically but necessarily combative in this interview.
"And at the end of the day, Chairman Nadler doesn't want to talk about any of that," Ted Cruz lied. "He doesn't want to talk about the substance. You know, it was really striking, listening to his comments. At one point, he said, "Well, there's no crime." And you know what? He's right. There is no crime.
Todd did not allow the lie to stand.
"No, he was talking about the president's lawyer, not about the president. But go ahead," Todd interjected. "Don't take him out of context on that."
Chuck Todd later interrupted Cruz to correct the lies the Republicans have been spinning on impeachment.
"Senator, well wait a minute, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa," Chuck Todd forcefully interjected. "Senator, that is exactly why the impeachment was written into the constitution. That's exactly why the phrase, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" is in there. Because they did it before they even wrote our laws, sir. Before we had our, so how do you know, how do you, you're saying that. That is not that's exactly the opposite of what is true."
I do not give Chuck Todd kudos often. Here, it is well deserved.