Ted Cruz is no stranger to arguing the finer points of an issue. The 46-year-old Texas Senator has won national debate championships and he has fared well in multiple town halls, including his recent sparring match with Bernie Sanders. Yesterday, however, Rep. Ted Cruz found himself up against former acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an exchange that was the political equivalent of Canelo v. Chavez Jr. Yates and Cruz discussed many issues around President Trump’s travel ban, which Yates famously blocked, leading to her removal as Deputy Attorney General. Several times, Cruz attempted to undermine Yates’ authority on legal matters, but she was the acting Attorney General, so she was more than fluent in the language of the law, leading to many awkward moments for Cruz during the exchange.
Cruz’s attempts to one-up Yates fell flat, and many were impressed with the easy work Yates made of the Texas Senator.
If you ever feel like a failure just remember Ted Cruz left home proudly thinking his 4th grade understanding of law would stump Sally Yates
— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) May 9, 2017
Those who follow politics loved how poised Yates was during the exchange, which many described as “heated.”
That burn Ted Cruz got from Sally Yates will forever be a pre-existing condition.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) May 8, 2017
Because Sally Yates brought the fire.
— Sarah Flourance (@BookishFeminist) May 8, 2017
And they hated Cruz’s attempt to “mansplain” legal matters to someone with years of legal experience.
— LC (@badgallexii) May 8, 2017
Did anyone really think Sally Yates would crumble because of Ted Cruz?
What Sally Yates did to Ted Cruz yesterday was one for every woman who has ever been bullied/put down by an inadequate man. Like all of us!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) May 9, 2017
Yates’ performance was the breath of fresh air so many people needed.
In my darkest hours I will think of Sally Yates destroying Ted Cruz on national television, and it will sustain me.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) May 8, 2017
Many wondered how Cruz would recover.
I just hope that Ted Cruz's beating from Yates is covered under Trumpcare.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) May 8, 2017
Democratic Senators, though probably biased, also agreed that Yates clearly outclassed Cruz in the exchange.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 9, 2017
Other people consider this Cruz’s most cringe-worthy moment since that time his own daughter refused to kiss him.
up until the exchange w sally yates, this was the most cringey ted cruz moment ever pic.twitter.com/I9hYbv7TDE
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2017
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