CNN host Chris CuomoChris CuomoTucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' American describes being left behind in Kabul: 'I don't believe in anybody anymore' Chris Cuomo's revisionist history MORE on his show Wednesday evening sharply criticized Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE over a tweet about breast milk that the Texas Republican sent during the day's impeachment trial proceedings.
Cruz set off the CNN host with a tweet sent early Wednesday criticizing a move by one British hospital system to rename gendered terms related to breastfeeding and maternal care in order to be "inclusive of trans & non-binary birthing people without excluding the language of women or motherhood."
"Orwellian: The words 'breast milk' are now forbidden," Cruz tweeted. "Because science."
Orwellian: The words “breast milk” are now forbidden.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 10, 2021
Because science. https://t.co/TKuRqgUuHd
Cuomo addressed the tweet in Wednesday evening, accusing Cruz of being disinterested in the day's impeachment trial proceedings and urging the senator: "Do your damn job."
"Sen. Ted Cruz, tweeting during this trial about breast milk. He's worried about how the term isn't being accepted anymore. And he says it's Orwellian," Cuomo said, displaying the tweet onscreen.
“Orwellian? Sir, you are at a trial that you're not even paying attention to, where you are saying that what happened didn't really happen because you don't want to have to deal with the reality. That, my brother, is Orwellian,” Cuomo continued, adding: “Breast milk? Why is that on your mind? Focus, Ted. If you got off Trump's teat a little bit, maybe you wouldn't be thinking about breast milk so much. Do your damn job.”
The Hill has reached out to Cruz's office for comment.
Cuomo, along with other CNN hosts, has been a vocal critic of Republicans, including Cruz, who supported former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE's challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election. In December, he clashed with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod MORE (R-S.C.) after Graham defended the former president's calls for investigations into the vote count in Georgia.