Veteran NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell attempted to dunk on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and instead manifested her own literary ignorance.
Mitchell made the embarrassing gaffe on Wednesday in a tweet intending to mock Cruz for making a famous literary reference.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 10, 2021
But, as so many noted on Twitter, Cruz was in fact correct and Mitchell didn’t realize that William Faulkner had lifted the title of his book from one the Bard’s plays.
“Faulkner got it from Shakespeare (who put it in the mouth of a murderer, incidentally),” corrected Ramesh Ponnuru of the American Enterprise Institute.
“Smug condescension levitating above an abyss of ignorance,” responded Blake Masters.
Cruz took the opportunity to chide Mitchell with another Shakespeare quote, this one from Hamlet.
“Methinks she doth protest too much,” tweeted Cruz, adding the reference to his tweet.
Methinks she doth protest too much.
One would think NBC would know the Bard. Andrea, take a look at Macbeth act 5, scene 5:
“[Life] struts & frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound & fury,
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 11, 2021
“Touche,” responded Mitchell who added an apology after her original tweet.
“I clearly studied too much American literature and not enough Macbeth. My apologies to Sen. Cruz,” tweeted Mitchell.
The Shakespearian Twitter feud followed upon a statement from Cruz deriding the impeachment trial in the Senate against former President Donald Trump.
“I think we’ll see the trial continue for the rest of the week. It is reminiscent of Shakespeare that it is full of sound and fury and yet signifying nothing. I think are you going to see a lot of partisan table pounding. You’re going to see a lot of effort to pull on emotion. We saw the beginning of that with the Hollywood video that the House managers began with. I think we’ll see a lot more of that today and tomorrow,” said Cruz on Fox News Tuesday.
He went on to say that it was nearly impossible for Democrats to convict the president in the Senate since so many Republicans had already vocalized their opposition to the proceeding which has a two thirds majority bar to pass.
On Wednesday, senators saw new footage from the U.S. Capitol rioting, including one video showing how close Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was to a confrontation with the violent rioters.