Texas Senator Ted Cruz angrily snapped at a debate moderator Tuesday night while answering a question about the lack of civility in politics.
The heated interaction came as the Republican senator and his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourkec (D-El Paso) faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 6 election.
“My disagreements with Congressman O’Rourke, they haven’t been personal attacks,” Cruz said.
“There is a loss of civility, there is an anger, there is a rage on the far left that is frightening,” the senator said. “The images of,” Cruz said before he was interrupted by debate moderator Jason Whitely, who said that his 90 seconds were up. Cruz snapped angrily.
“Don’t interrupt me, Jason,” he snarled, drawing gasps from the crowd.
One crowd member could be heard saying “whoa.”
Cruz proceeded to lecture the crowd about civility. He continued, “The images of the left wing mob beating on the doors of the Supreme Court–that’s not good for the country.”
“We can disagree while treating each other with respect, while treating each other with civility,” he said.
"Don't interrupt me, Jason," says Ted Cruz as the moderator tried to ask a follow-up question on the importance of remaining civil in debate.#TexasDebate https://t.co/zx11ahFiDT pic.twitter.com/4gxaJK3vw1
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