Cruz Blasts 'Deranged' NYT, WashPost for Slanting Trump's Mt. Rushmore Speech as 'Dark, Divisive'

By Michael W. Chapman | July 6, 2020 | 10:26am EDT
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)  (Getty Images)
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In reaction to the New York Times and Washington Post slanting President Donald Trump's July 3 speech at Mt. Rushmore as "dark and divisive," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, "We are living in parallel universes" and "[o]nly in the mind of deranged Leftists is defending Mt. Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt 'leaning in to the culture wars.'"

He also further criticized the radical reporters at the Washington Post as "professional propagandists."


In a July 4 tweet, Senator Cruz wrote, "@realDonaldTrump give a majestic speech before Mt. Rushmore, celebrating America & recounting the magnificent champions for Liberty Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt. He vows to defend America.

"NYT & WaPo: 'dark & divisive.' 

"We are living in parallel universes."

Cruz included a July 3 tweet for the New York Times that reads, "Breaking News: President Trump delivered a dark and divisive speech at Mount Rushmore, leaning into the culture wars and barely mentioning the pandemic."

The Times article was headlined, "Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message." In their sub-head, The Times wrote, "Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a 'new far-left fascism' that imperils American values and seeks to erase history."

In a second July 4 tweet, Senator Cruz wrote, "Only in the mind of deranged Leftists is defending Mt. Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt 'leaning in to the culture wars.' The culture warriors are the mobs burning our cities, defacing American heroes."

Also, Cruz retweeted a post by Ed Whelan at the Ethics and Public Policy Center that said, "How do WaPo reporters write a sentence like this: 'The president ... referred to ‘violent mayhem’ in the streets, even though *many* of the mass demonstrations have been *largely* peaceful.'"


Senator Cruz responded, describing the reporters: "They are professional propagandists. They don’t even pretend any more."

Cruz also posted a screen capture from the Washington Post, which included The Post headline, "It is time to reconsider the global legacy of July 4, 1776." The sub-head read, "American independence helped further colonialism and white supremacy."


Senator Cruz commented, "This is the modern Left. They hate America. Of course the author is a college professor. These Marxist America-haters -- safely ensconced w/ 6-figure salaries -- teach revisionist history to our kids and ignore America’s extraordinary legacy fighting for freedom & equality for all."

According to the American Battlefield Trust,  during the Revolutionary War, "an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war."

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Mt. Rushmore, July 3, 2020. (Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Mt. Rushmore, July 3, 2020. (Getty Images)

During the Civil War, which freed the slaves and preserved the Union, approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease," according to the American Battlefield Trust. 

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