Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired back at CNN's media analyst Brian Stelter after he challenged him for not appearing on the cable news network after the horrible school shooting in Florida.
Here's how the feud began on Twitter:
"What are they afraid of?" CNN calling out @FLGovScott, @TedCruz, @MarcoRubio for avoiding interviews https://t.co/cizvTyU5XP— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1518704343.0
Stelter posted a screenshot from CNN with several Republican lawmakers who they claimed were unwilling to appear on CNN but went on Fox News after the Florida school shooting.
"'What are they afraid of?' CNN calling out [Florida Gov. Rick Scott], [Sen. Ted Cruz], [and Sen. Marco Rubio] for avoiding interviews," he tweeted.
How did Cruz respond?
"Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long," Cruz responded on Twitter.
"You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them....," he added.
Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long.… https://t.co/WwoZJyFQVl— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1518707243.0
Stelter responded, asking, "Why did you appear on Fox but not other networks today?"
Senator, today's @NewDay segment asking "what are you afraid of?" was about the aftermath of the Parkland attack. Why did you appear on Fox but not other networks today?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 15, 2018
Cruz's senior communications director Catherine Frazier called his accusations "pointless" and "stupid."
"I’ll also note we weren't even invited on "New Day" until 8:11am," she added, "39 minutes before the show ends. What a nice heads up before being gratuitously criticized on air."
I’ll also note we weren't even invited on New Day until 8:11am, 39 minutes before the show ends. What a nice heads up before being gratuitously criticized on air.
— Catherine Frazier (@catblackfrazier) February 15, 2018
Rubio (R-Fla.) was also criticized for saying that it is so far unclear if any new legislation proposed would have stopped the Florida school shooter.