On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz told a talk show host that the vast majority of violent criminals are Democrats. In the wake of the recent attack on Planned Parenthood by a man who apparently espoused right-wing conservative ideas, this is obviously an attempt by Ted Cruz to reinforce the idea with his base that this shooting was an anomaly.
Cruz has also repeated rumors from right-wing clickbait blogs like Gateway Pundit and Young Cons that perhaps the suspect was actually a transgender liberal activist, three words that get the far-right riled up.
“Here is the simple and undeniable fact – the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats,” he said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” that evening.
“There is a reason why for years the Democrats have been viewed as soft on crime,” Cruz continued. “They go in and appoint to the bench judges who release violent criminals.
“They go in and fight to give the right to vote to convicted felons,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “Why?
“The Democrats know that convicted felons tend to vote Democrat. The media never reports on any of that. [It] doesn’t want to admit any of that.” (Source)
Of course, Cruz didn’t provide any statistics or studies to back up his claims, he simply repeated a belief that many Republicans already subscribe to. The GOP likes to paint Democrats as being soft on crime, and often opposes restoring voting rights to criminals. At the same time, they have no problem making it easier for convicted felons to get their gun rights restored.
Cruz also claims that the media is constantly salivating over the opportunity to link perpetrators of gun violence to the GOP and conservatives, a connection he says doesn’t actually exist.
Without police adding the political party of a person under arrest to their report, how does anyone know what the total of violent crimes committed by a Republican or a Democrat is? In all of the times that I have had someone arrested, not once has a suspect been asked what their political beliefs are – because that is not pertinent information for a judge or jury to look at. In fact, that would potentially create conflict of interest and bias during a trial.
What Ted Cruz is saying (in a coded dog whistle message to bigoted Republicans) is that there is a lot of crime in urban areas due to a denser population and poverty; those areas often tend to be more liberal, so therefore crimes committed there must be by Democrats.
That may not be what you heard, but that’s the coded message Cruz is putting out there to deflect criticism from Republicans like himself for being supported by right-wing conservatives who sometimes view attacks on women’s health clinics as being morally justified.
Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others enjoy the backing of millions of conservative voters across the country who believe these made-up statistics that have no basis in fact. These voters have been conditioned to believe that Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill, and they have been trying through legal and illegal means to shut it and other women’s healthcare providers down for decades.
Cruz’s message is that while he doesn’t support these acts of violence, Americans face a greater danger from Democrats than conservative fanatics who go on rampages or firebomb clinics. Sadly, too many people eat this nonsense right up instead of looking at the real problems: the easy access to firearms for deranged killers like Robert Dear, and the Republican Party’s ever-increasing demonization of Planned Parenthood which likely triggered the attack in Colorado.
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