EXCLUSIVE: ‘The View’, MSNBC’s Psaki Run for the Hills Over Cruz Requests to Debate

December 5th, 2023 9:47 AM

Print exclusive: NewsBusters has learned that, as part of his press tour promoting his latest book Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America (which was released on November 7), ABC’s The View turned down a pitch from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to enter the lion’s den for a third time to spar with the far-left, unhinged co-hosts and faux Republican Alyssa Farah Griffin.

But, wait, there’s more! NewsBusters can exclusively report Team Cruz reached out to MSNBC host and former Biden White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to see if she would be interested in crossing the aisle. Back in April following the launch of Inside, she said she wanted “Republicans on the show” if they “agree and feel comfortable” having “a real, valid conversation.” Alas, Psaki’s talk was cheap as she too passed.

In the case of The View, NewsBusters can report that Cruz’s team reached out not once or twice, but three times. On all three occasions, they passed. During one exchange, a lemming at The View (which must be a depressing job) replied that they were “not able to make an offer at this time, but will definitely be in touch if anything changes.”

The rejections make sense given how poorly it went for the ladies when he promoted his two previous books, September 2020’s One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History and October 2022’s Justice Corrupted: How the Left Weaponized Our Legal System.

In the case of the former, the ladies tried berating Cruz over a New York Times story about Donald Trump’s taxes, alleged hypocrisy on Supreme Court vacancies, and all-too-predictable huffing and puffing about Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) being responsible for umpteen COVID-19 deaths.

Having had enough of this idiocy, Cruz shot back on COVID-19 by calling out the horrific record of then-Governor and liberal darling Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) as his policies are seen as responsible for scores of nursing home deaths.



Fastforward to October 2022 and, in the latter case, Cruz joined the ladies on-set and mopped the floor with them on the Biden economy and the left’s hypocrisy on election denialism. 

On that point, the ladies lost their noodles so much that, as our Nick Fondacaro wrote at the time, co-host Whoopi Goldberg let the mask slip by falsely declaring that the 2016 election was stolen by Trump, but was acceptable since they weren’t violent.

The appearance was made even better by the fact that it was interrupted by lunatic climate change protesters, who were shot down by the ladies at the table.



Fondacaro also noted then that Goldberg let out an audible choke and cough as Cruz lambasted the left for “undermining the Constitution and undermining democracy” with partisan chicanery.

It was such a schooling by Cruz and meltdown by The View that, as one Cruz official noted on Twitter, the cat salad meme literally came to life.

As for Psaki, she spent over a year clashing with Fox’s Peter Doocy, but she couldn’t take on Ted Cruz for, say, eight to 10 minutes?

NewsBusters found out that she never responded directly to Cruz’s request to help her fulfill her insistence she’d diversify the ideologies of her guests, but they learned elsewhere that “Psaki’s team is passing on this opportunity.”

You mean she didn’t want to do her Weekend Routine segment with Cruz like she did riding the subway with New York City Mayor Eric Adams, get ice cream at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with John Kerry, hit up a diner with a transgender Virginia delegate, talk coffee with the president of Planned Parenthood, or ride bikes with Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)?

Maybe Cruz could have taken her, I don’t know, duck hunting? Or how about a rodeo back in Texas? Now, THAT would have been a trip and great television.