Cruz called out “Morning Joe” host Scarborough in a tweet, saying it was “perhaps best not to forward fraudulent stories.”
“You are claiming to be a journalist, after all,” he wrote.
In response, Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, slammed Cruz for bowing to President Donald Trump even though Trump insulted Cruz’s wife during the 2016 election and spread a conspiracy theory involving Cruz’s father.
“Ted, when I make a mistake I admit it,” he wrote, adding: “Me messing up a tweet or two will never erase the shame you carry every day of your life.”
Cruz accused Scarborough of chasing Trump ― whom he regularly interviewed ahead of the 2016 election before becoming one of his fiercest critics ― “for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band.”
“Now you pretend to be this indignant paragon of virtue outraged at everything he says & does,” Cruz added. “All to get invited to DC cocktail parties & thrill the 13 people watching MSNBC.”
Scarborough had the final say.
“The difference between you and me is the closer Trump got to power, the more I criticized him,” he wrote. “The closer Trump got to power, the more you sold your soul to him. You even sold out your own father’s name for Trump.”
“You lose this fight every time. You sold your soul to Trump. You. Lose,” Scarborough wrote in a second tweet, highlighting in a third post how he doesn’t do cocktail parties.
“I went to University of Alabama and University of Florida. You’re a Harvard and Princeton boy who spends your life around lobbyists and billionaires,” he said. “You can cut out the man-of-the-people BS. Nobody believes anything you say.”