The Ted Cruz campaign publicly called out The New York Times on Friday after it was revealed that the Texas Senator’s new book, “A Time for Truth,” would be kept off the bestseller list, despite reported sales that would make it the No. 3 book on the list.
Cruz’s book reportedly sold 11,854 copies in its first week, more than “all but two of the Times’ bestselling titles,” Politico’s Dylan Byers reported on Thursday.
“Their decision to blackball Cruz’s book suggests that the Times very much does not want people to read the book,” the campaign said in a statement. Part of the statement’s headline stated, the “New York Times Is Lying.”
The campaign also responded to the Times latest statement claiming that they excluded Cruz’s book because “the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”
“This statement is false, and the Times knows it,” the statement said. “There were no “strategic bulk purchases.” Cruz spent last week on a nation-wide book tour, signing copies of his book at multiple locations. Booksellers at each event had long lines—sometimes over 400 people per event.”
Campaign spokesman Rick Tyler formally called on The New York Times to release evidence proving their claim or “issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and Harper Collins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them.”
The Times had not responded to the challenge at the time of publication.