Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz condemned Hillary Clinton on Friday, after the former secretary of state took a cheap shot at President Donald Trump while mocking the fact that the U.S. has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
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On Thursday, The New York Times reported that "the U.S. now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases," ignoring the fact that numbers out of China and Iran cannot be believed or confirmed.
Sec. Clinton shared the article Friday on Twitter, declaring, "He did promise 'America First,'" taking a hit a President Trump and his America-first agenda while making light of the crisis her own country is facing.
The message did not go unnoticed by Sen. Cruz, who replied, "This kind of nasty partisanship is unhelpful. Everyone understands that you don't like Trump, but now is the time for all of us—Dem and GOP—to come together to defeat this pandemic and restore economic growth. We should all be working for and rooting for America."
The Texas Republican was not alone in his rebuke.
Kyle Kashuv, who survived the Parkland massacre, replied to Clinton, "Wow. Gleefully boasting thousands dead, families broken, millions of unemployment claims, and widespread suffering just to own Drumpf. My god, this is despicable." He added, "You should be ashamed of yourself."
Author Tim Young also weighed in, saying, "This is some low bullsh*t...even for you."
Radio host Larry O'Connor replied sarcastically to the former first lady, writing, "And to think, people thought you were cold, cruel and only cared about your political ambitions. But here...here you show some real, genuine empathy at a time when your own state is in the grip of a deadly pandemic. Good for you."