MSNBC's Joe Scarborough apologizes to Pence & Sen. Ted Cruz

The apology came after Scarborough tweeted a deceptive Jimmy Kimmel video of Pence and engaged in a digital brawl with Cruz

Updated: May 11, 2020 - 7:33pm

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough is publicly apologizing to Sen. Ted Cruz, Vice President Mike Pence and his own Twitter audience because he had tweeted a deceptive Jimmy Kimmel video about the vice president and engaged in a Twitter battle with the Texas Republican legislator.

"About last night: I gotta work on some things myself," Scarborough tweeted. "I feel really bad about retweeting the Jimmy Kimmel video. I feel worse about being provoked. I apologize again to Mike Pence, to my Twitter followers, and to Ted. I’ve got to do better."

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel offered an apparently non-contrite apology on Twitter for a video in which he suggested that Pence, who can be seen jokingly talking about carrying empty boxes for the cameras, had actually perpetrated such a PR stunt. However, the full clip shows that after the comment about carrying empty boxes the Vice President did not proceed to actually do so, but instead shut the van doors. 

The Washington Post noted that Kimmel's video was inaccurate.

Kimmel tweeted that "it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth."

Both Scarborough and the Texas Senator on Saturday exchanged sharp virtual blows and called each other "corrupt." 

During the biting back-and-forth Scarborough spoke to Cruz of the "shame you carry every day of your life" and Cruz blasted Scarborough, saying that the television personality had "chased after Trump for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band." 

Cruz also attacked Scarborough for sharing the Jimmy Kimmel clip. View the Scarborough v. Cruz Twitter battle below: