NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell had to issue an apology to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday after she wrongly accused Cruz of misquoting literature in reference to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
The mea culpa came after reporters asked several Republican senators their reaction to House Democratic managers’ arguments in the case, to which Cruz responded the case was like Shakespeare, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Mitchell took to Twitter to supposedly embarrass Cruz by saying the quote did not come from Shakespeare, but American author William Faulkner.
However, Cruz fired back, citing the MacBeth soliloquy where the quote appears.
“Methinks she doth protest too much,” Cruz posted to Twitter. “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, Signifying nothing.”
The correction resulted in a storm of sarcastic comments to Mitchell, who eventually had to apologize.
“I clearly studied too much American literature and not enough MacBeth,” Mitchell wrote on Twitter. “My apologies to Sen. Cruz.”
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