As I’ve said several times over the last few months, while Donald Trump might make most of the headlines for the seemingly endless stream of vile absurdity that spews from his mouth, Sen. Ted Cruz is still the most dangerous candidate running for president. He’s every bit as bad as Trump, just with a whole lot of right-wing religious fanaticism mixed in. The way I’ve worded it is that Trump becoming our next president would embarrass me, but Cruz becoming our next president would terrify me.
Well, the Texas senator is in a bit of hot water after his campaign has defended the endorsement they received from highly controversial Pastor Mike Bickle, who once said that Adolf Hitler was a “hunter” sent by God to kill Jews. Bickle also believes that Jews must convert to Christianity or else be “hunted” down for extermination.
The Cruz campaign sent out this defense of the endorsement:
Our campaign welcomes support from faith leaders across the country. Mike Bickle is one of the hundreds who have endorsed us. My understanding is that he was paraphrasing the words of the prophets Jeremiah and Zechariah. I know that he has made support for Israel and the Jewish people a central part of his mission.
Yeah, no. That’s absurd. You essentially lose any right to call yourself remotely pro-Israel or pro the Jewish community when you refer to Hitler as a “hunter” that was sent by God to eradicate Jewish people.
Naturally, many within the Jewish community aren’t too pleased with the supposedly “pro-Israel” Cruz and have publicly called on him to address his defense of the endorsement from Bickle.
“Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz must clarify if he stands with Pastor Mike Bickle and his belief that God sent Hitler to hunt Jews for not accepting Jesus as the messiah,” said the National Jewish Democratic Council in a released statement.
The non-partisan Anti-Defamation League also called upon Cruz to condemn the endorsement that the senator has actually doubled down on.
“We assume that Senator Cruz accepted Bickle’s endorsement without knowing about these comments. We hope that when these comments are called to the Senator’s attention, he will clearly and forcefully reject Bickle’s hateful ideas,” the league said.
Except, the Cruz campaign had to be readily aware of the controversy surrounding this endorsement, which is why they issued their statement defending Bickle in the first place. So to claim that Cruz must have not known that Bickle has preached the conversion of the Jewish people to Christianity and spoken of “hunters,” including Hitler, for those who refuse to convert, is giving the senator more credit than I think he deserves. After all, in the past Cruz has shown that he has no problem doing interviews with hate groups or speaking at conferences with pastors who’ve called for homosexuals to be executed.
So let’s not pretend as if Cruz has any problem palling around with radical religious scumbags.
While I don’t think Cruz stands any chance at becoming our next president, it’s stuff like this that should be a wake up call to many Christians and Jewish Americans as to just how deplorable he really is. He’s someone who has no problem working with some of the most bottom-feeding individuals we have in this country just as long as he thinks it might benefit him politically.