• Ted Cruz shared a TikTok comparing ads for the US military and the Russian military on Thursday.
  • The GOP senator said the US military was "woke" and "emasculated" compared to Russia's military.
  • MSNBC anchor Brian Williams nicknamed the senator "Kremlin Cruz" after the comments.
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
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GOP Senator Ted Cruz lashed out at Brian Williams after the MSNBC anchor bestowed him with the nickname "Kremlin Cruz" for sharing Russian army propaganda.

"Is there a more pitiful example of corrupt corporate media than Brian Williams?," Cruz wrote in a six-part Twitter thread. "He was fired as the anchor of NBC Nightly News for 'misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.' Now, he's a left-wing hack at MSNBC."

Williams called him "Kremlin Cruz," noting that the senator hated being called "Cancun Cruz" after he fled Texas for Mexico during a deadly winter storm in Texas.

The anchor's criticism came after Cruz called the US military "woke" and "emasculated" compared to Russia's military in a tweet on Thursday. A TikTok video comparing a Russian recruitment ad with a US Army commercial was the basis of Cruz's criticism.

The GOP senator then suggested that President Joe Biden supported Russia and called on Williams to refer to the president as "Kremlin Joe."

Cruz's tweets on Saturday have doubled down on his previous claims, which have prompted critics to highlight that he was a firm supporter of former President Donald Trump, who on multiple occasions praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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