For all the flack Donald Trump gets for his bigoted comments, his bombastic rhetoric and his embrace of some of the worst parts of our society – Ted Cruz has done the same thing. The main difference between Cruz and Trump (besides the fact that Cruz is a religious fanatic) is that Cruz is smart enough to keep his inflammatory rhetoric out of presidential debates and big rallies. Instead, his bigotry and ignorance is shown in more subtle ways.
In fact, let’s run through a few examples, shall we?
First, let’s get his shady campaign tricks out of the way. How many times has his campaign been busted sending out propaganda that’s been extremely unethical? Even when Fox News’ Chris Wallace called him out on his shady campaign tactics, he called Wallace a liar – then proceeded to lie some more.
Then there was the recent endorsement he defended from a pastor who has called Adolf Hitler a “hunter” sent by God to kill Jews for not converting to Christianity. Not to defend Trump here, but wouldn’t his embrace of a pastor who has said something like that be all over the news? He played dumb about David Duke and that’s still a story that’s being discussed. I couldn’t imagine what the headlines would say if he defended the endorsement of a pastor who said Hitler was someone sent by God to slaughter Jews.
I should also remind everyone about the fact his campaign had to admit that Cruz lied when he said “Obamacare” led to his family going without health insurance. Not that this is a particularly huge lie, but it’s one of many very sleazy things he’s done throughout his career to try to push his agenda.
We also can’t forget about the fact that twice Cruz has tried to exploit the tombs of dead soldiers to ridiculously claim that liberals are pushing to remove any religious markings from military cemeteries. Nothing says “classy” quite like a candidate who’ll go as far as to use graves to push blatant lies all for the sake of scoring political points.
Then there was that time he went to a religious rally where speakers were literally comparing homosexuals to Satan.
In September he professed that he’s willing to kill Iran’s ayatollah if he’s elected president. Because that’s definitely the best way to try to improve relations with other nations… brag about your willingness to kill one of their main leaders. Again, could you imagine if Trump said this? It would have been everywhere. Yet when Cruz said it, barely anyone noticed.
Then just a few weeks before that he literally blamed the death of a police officer on President Obama.
Back in August he decided it would be a good idea to do an interview with a legitimate hate group where he basically declared that the only way to save the United States is by turning it into a theocracy. While Trump refuses to instantly disavow hate groups… Cruz willingly does interviews with them. No big deal, right?
Last spring when floods ravaged Texas, Cruz begged the federal government for money to help. This wouldn’t be much of a story until you realize that the hypocrite voted against funding following Hurricane Sandy.
Ted Cruz was also one of the biggest names to help perpetuate and add legitimacy to the ridiculous Jade Helm conspiracy from last year. He said at the time that people had a right to be concerned that the “untrustworthy” government might be using the military to declare martial law in an effort to seize guns. Because, you know, that’s completely rational.
But we also can’t forget about his comments from 2013 where he declared that the entire United States Senate should be comprised of senators like the late Jesse Helms. A senator who was a blatant racist, who opposed the Civil Rights Act and tried to block declaring a federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Once again, could you imagine Trump singing the praises of someone like Helms without that being the lead story on every major news network for days?
And those are just a few of the many horrible and vile things Ted Cruz has said and done. We could be here for days if we really wanted to break down everything.
So, while we’re all sitting here waiting for something to take down Donald Trump, we should probably be careful what we wish for. If Trump is knocked from his pedestal as the Republican nominee, then we’re very likely ushering to the front of the line a nightmare that’s far worse than the babbling billionaire from New York.