Cruz: Does it trouble you at all that New York and New Jersey had the highest death rates in the country?

Cuomo: Of course, it all troubles me, Ted! To watch guys like you and stroke your beard like a wise man instead of telling the president to get on it when you have power is a problem.

Cruz: How about telling your brother to get on it?

Cuomo: My brother will stand for his own record. Why don’t you talk to the president the way you talk to my president, Ted? You afraid of him? You think he’ll smack you down at home? Is that what it is? Like he’s Sherriff Wolf in the primary?

Cruz: Oh, yeah, I’m terrified of the Cuomos. You guys are really tough!

Cuomo: Not the Cuomos, I’m talking about the president. My brother’s not the president. I’m talking about the president, the one who called you a liar, the one who said your wife was ugly. That guy. You know, the guy now who you won’t say anything about.

Cruz: I recognize that you like—you actually wonder why you don’t have a lot of Republicans that want to come on your show—

Cuomo: I have more than any other show—

Cruz: Because you come here and scream at me, and yell at me, and insult me—

Cuomo: I’m not yelling at you, I’m raising my voice to match your own because you’re playing games, Ted, and people are dying.


Cuomo was a skip and a hop away from calling Cruz a little bitch on national television, a moment many Americans—including President Trump—would find absolutely delightful. Alas, maybe next time.