While most of us are aware of just how repulsive Donald Trump is, what’s being overshadowed is the fact that the guy running right behind him, Sen. Ted Cruz, is probably just as bad – if not a whole heck of a lot worse. Though I’m well aware that comparing two different candidates is entirely subjective. So I thought I’d run through several key categories and what each candidate says about those issues, then let people come to their own conclusion about who’s worse, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
Let’s get started.
Donald Trump: Talks about religion, claims he’s very religious – yet has almost no history of any real devotion to anything remotely resembling religious fanaticism. Unless you’re one of the millions of fools who believes the b.s. he’s selling, you’re probably fairly aware that Trump is really just pushing religion as a way to pander to evangelical voters. You almost never see Trump say anything religious unless directly asked or he’s giving a speech at some sort of religious venue.
Ted Cruz: Has made religion a huge part of his entire political career. Has a history of being linked to radical religious figures such as a pastor who said Adolf Hitler was a “hunter” sent by God to kill the Jews who wouldn’t convert to Christianity, and another who called homosexuals satanic. Not only that, but his father has equated the theory of evolution to communism. Ted Cruz is a bona fide right-wing religious fanatic who clearly wants to turn the United States into a theocracy.
Who’s worse: Ted Cruz. And it’s not even close.
Donald Trump: Has claimed he’s “pro-life” and very recently suggested that women who have abortions should be “punished” – before instantly backtracking on that statement to say doctors should be punished, not women. Though he does claim to support exceptions for abortion.
Ted Cruz: Not only did he dodge whether or not he would support criminal charges for women who got abortions if they were illegal when asked about Trump’s comments from earlier on Wednesday, but the only exception he supports for abortion is if the mother’s life is in danger – nothing else. Meaning that if you’re a woman who becomes pregnant following a brutal rape, Cruz thinks you should be forced to keep the baby. He also opposes any method of contraceptive that might “kill” a fetus (aka the “morning after pill”). He even pushed for a full-on government shutdown that never happened to try to block funding to Planned Parenthood. Ted Cruz is about as radical when it comes to being anti-abortion as you can get.
Who’s worse: Ted Cruz. For being about as much of an anti-abortion radical as you can get.
Same-sex Marriage/Gay Rights:
Donald Trump: He says he would “overturn” the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage from last summer. The fact that he thinks a president can “overturn” a Supreme Court ruling shows that he has no clue what he’s talking about. While he claims he opposes same-sex marriage, this strikes me as one of those “Trump-isms” where he just says something to pander to conservative voters. Because in the past, Trump has had several fairly “pro-gay” comments including some from 2000 where he said it was “only fair” that gay Americans were given equal rights like everyone else.
Ted Cruz: Tying in with his religious fanaticism, Cruz is extremely anti-gay. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage he called the court tyrannical, said they were acting unconstitutionally and essentially suggested that the Supreme Court shouldn’t have the power it was given by our Founding Fathers via the Constitution. He basically had a full-on meltdown following the legalization of same-sex marriage. The truth is, what Cruz wants is for the United States to be a Christian theocracy – a very radical one.
Who’s worse: Ted Cruz. Because I think a lot of Trump’s anti-gay marriage rhetoric is just for show while Cruz clearly wants this nation to be ruled by the Bible.
Donald Trump: Has repeatedly called for banning Muslims from entering the United States and once even suggested that we should track the ones who are already here. Without a doubt Trump does not shy away from his anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Ted Cruz: Recently suggested law enforcement monitor and secure “Muslim neighborhoods” (whatever that means) before they can become “radicalized.” Though he did reject Trump’s idea to ban Muslims from entering the United States – even though he said he “understood why” Trump suggested such an idea. He also once suggested that President Obama was trying to bring Syrian refugees here to “kill innocent Americans.”
Who’s worse: Tie. While Trump’s rhetoric is more inflammatory, Cruz has a long history of trying to vilify Muslims far beyond just one or two statements over the last few months.
Donald Trump: This has been a cornerstone of his campaign. He’s called most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, while screaming “build a wall” whenever he feels people at his rallies are losing focus or getting bored. He’s also pledged to deport every single illegal immigrant in the country, even if that includes tearing apart families. Not only that, but he’s suggested that being born on U.S. soil does not make someone a United States citizen.
Ted Cruz: At the time Trump was making headlines with his inflammatory anti-immigration rhetoric, Cruz called himself a “big fan” of Trump. And like Trump, he also opposes any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. While he doesn’t use the inflammatory rhetoric that Donald Trump does, both seem to be on par with one another on this issue.
Who’s worse: Tie. Once again, while Trump’s talking points on immigration are more controversial, both candidates are basically in agreement on nearly everything.
Terrorism/The Middle East:
Donald Trump: Has openly put his support behind torture – “beyond waterboarding.” While he doesn’t get too in-depth on the subject (because he doesn’t know enough about it), he’s made it clear that no one will destroy ISIS like he will and if he has to commit blatant war crimes while doing it – so be it. Even if that means “targeting the families” of terrorists. Trump has opposed the nuclear deal with Iran, though he’s claimed he would try to be somewhat neutral when it came to trying to work out peace between Israel and Palestine. For a Republican, that’s fairly moderate.
Ted Cruz: He repeatedly said we should “carpet bomb” ISIS until the sand glows. Based on the reality of it, this means he won’t have any issues carpet bombing heavily populated civilian areas, slaughtering tens of thousands of innocent people while he “completely and utterly destroys ISIS.” Cruz also opposes the Iran deal, but has made no secret over the fact that he’s “100 percent pro-Israel.” Which is why it’s interesting he supports endorsements from anti-semitic pastors.
Who’s worse: Donald Trump. While Cruz’s incompetence about how to actually fight terrorism is troubling, he’s not openly admitting his desire to commit war crimes – at least not directly.
Since there are other categories, I’m thinking this might need a “Part 2.” We’ll see. But, at least in my opinion, it’s fairly clear that between the two candidates, Ted Cruz is far more radical and dangerous than Donald Trump – even if Trump’s the one who dominates the headlines.