Ted Cruz confronts British reporter, slams American exceptionalism

Ted Cruz confronts British reporter, slams American exceptionalism

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz confronted a British reporter and angrily left an interview after he was asked why school shootings in Uvalde, where 19 children and two adults were killed, happen so often in the US.

Cruz said that American exceptionalism is awful. On Thursday, the news site Axios released a list of the top recipients of gun lobby donations in the current Congress.

Cruz was clear at the top with $442,000 donated to campaign organisations or political action committees.

Axios noted that the figures are much higher if you count indirect contributions like the NRA's purchase of attack ads against opponents. On Tuesday morning in Uvalde, an 18-year-old shot his grandmother, then entered Robb Elementary School and barricaded himself in a classroom.

After about 40 minutes, when parents implored police to charge and tackle the gunman, the assailant was killed by a Swat team.

Cruz said that 19 sets of parents are never going to get to kiss their child goodnight.

Is this the moment to reform gun laws? Cruz said it was easy to go to politics. Stone said it was important. It is at the heart of the issue. Cruz said that's where the media likes to go.

Large majority of the population supports reform, according to national polling.

Cruz said reform proposals came from Democrats and the media, inevitably when some violent psychopath murders people Stone pointed out that the 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde was a violent psychopath who is able to get a weapon so easily two AR-15 assault rifles.

Cruz said if you want to stop violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have, none of them would stop this. Stone said that many people in the world just can't fathom, Why only in America? Cruz said: "I am sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful." Stone said he thought this aspect of it was awful.

Cruz said that you ve got your political agenda, putting your hands on the reporter's shoulders, saying God loves you and walking away.

Stone and another reporter pursued, asking, I just want to understand why you do not think that guns are the problem in America and why is America the only country that makes mass shooting? Stone said: You can't answer that, sir? He said, leaning close to the reporter and jabbing his finger: Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it is the freest, most prosperous, safest country on earth.