Bloomberg reporter Mark Halperin thought it necessary to verify Ted Cruz’s Cuban-ness in a recent interview with a line of questioning that included asking about Cruz’s favorite Cuban dishes and singers. You know, poignant questions that prove he is Cuban.
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Twitter users responded with their own Halperin-inspired questions using #HalperinQuestions.
"Mr. Kennedy, if you are indeed the first Irish Catholic president, chug this bottle of Jamesons and eat a potato." #HalperinQuestions
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 10, 2015
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) May 10, 2015
Senator Cruz, some say an authentic Cuban sandwich should be served with mustard. What's your position?#halperinquestions
— RedGalBlueState (@RedGalBlueState) May 10, 2015
"Mr. Cruz, do you agree that the Copacabana is, indeed the hottest spot north of Havana?" #HalperinQuestions
— P-Boy (@mpw1975) May 11, 2015
After the firestorm, Halperin publicly apologized for the interview via social media:
“In no way was I asking Senator Cruz to ‘prove’ he was an ‘authentic’ Latino. I apologize to those who were offended, and to Senator Cruz. I promise that I will work to make the tone and questions better next time,” said Halperin in a statement.