Republicans opposing someone who President Obama has nominated for any number of positions is nothing new. In fact, Republicans opposing nearly anything and everything the president does is nothing new. It’s essentially been the motto of the GOP since he was elected in 2008.
And when it comes to lying about the president, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has made quite the career out of it. In fact, he seems to be basing his entire push toward his obvious 2016 presidential run on being “anti-Obama.” And he knows it doesn’t really matter if what he’s saying is factual or not, as long as tea party conservatives like what they’re hearing. Because it’s like I’ve said countless times before, when it comes to conservatives, “facts” are more often than not determined by what they want to hear instead of what’s actually factual.
Well, recently Ted Cruz tried to claim that the reason why we don’t have a Surgeon General is because President Obama chose to select an anti-gun activist, Dr. Vivek Murthy, instead of someone with a background in health care or medicine.
Again, Dr. Vivek Murthy is the challenged appointee.
Politifact rated Cruz’s claim as False.
In fact, according to the official findings by the fact-checking site:
Murthy has a long list of credentials showing he is a health professional, including his position as an attending physician at a leading hospital. Murthy runs a health care reform organization that has pushed for gun control measures, and he has expressed personal support for gun control. But enacting gun control is not Murthy’s main cause and not part of his public surgeon general platform.
There’s not really a whole lot to explain here – Ted Cruz flat-out lied.
He either had no idea what he was talking about or he was deliberately trying to misinform people. Either scenario seems completely plausible. This is Ted Cruz, after all.
And as most of us know the sudden concern over whether or not we currently have a Surgeon General has become a topic of discussion following the first cases of Ebola being diagnosed within United States borders.
So essentially Cruz tried to exploit the natural fear that we’ve seen spread across this country over a possible (though highly unlikely) Ebola pandemic to attack the president, by making it seem as if he tried to appoint someone to the position of Surgeon General who was nothing more than an anti-gun advocate instead of a legitimate health care professional.
Which Dr. Murthy clearly is.