For weeks I’ve been telling folks that Ted Cruz, not Donald Trump, is the most vile Republican candidate running for president. While Trump is clearly a vile individual (even if he doesn’t believe half of the ridiculous comments that frequently come out of his mouth), Cruz is basically everything bad about Trump, plus a whole load of evangelical radicalism tossed in.
That being said, a few months ago Cruz showed how low he could sink when he tried to exploit the tombstones of dead soldiers to fear-monger against the Supreme Court, claiming that we are “one Justice away” from having all of the tombstones in Arlington Cemetery torn down because they had crosses and the Star of David engraved upon them. Because nothing says upstanding citizen quite like using the graves of dead soldiers to push some absurd fear-mongering nonsense about liberals.
Thankfully, this claim was soundly debunked by FactCheck.org. They even brought up a case where the ACLU (the boogeyman he was claiming would challenge religious symbols being on these tombstones) fought for a Wiccan symbol to be placed on a tombstone, citing the First Amendment and religious freedom. So it wouldn’t make the least bit of sense for the organization to turn around and try to fight to get other religious symbols removed.
Then again, when does the rhetoric from the Republican party ever make much sense?
Well, it seems Cruz is back at it again. According to The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the Republican presidential candidate repeated this ridiculous claim at a campaign event on Thursday:
Cruz: "We're just steps away from the chisels at Arlington coming out to remove crosses and stars of David from tombstones."
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 6, 2016
But this is what Cruz – and the Republican party in general – does. They prey on fear, ignorance and push these absurd ideas as “fact” knowing that most of the people who support them will never question anything that they say. There’s no rational person who could hear such a comment and actually believe that the government would go around removing religious symbols from the tombstones of dead soldiers. For someone to honestly believe that is pure lunacy.
These are the sorts of statements to which I am referring when I tell people that if something sounds fairly radical, or too good to be true, it probably is.
Ted Cruz’s continued exploitation of the graves of deceased soldiers is a true testament to his character. In his obsessive desire to fear-monger and pander to ignorance, all for the sake of his own political gain, he’ll happily lie about liberals desecrating the tombstones of veterans buried at Arlington Cemetery. It adds to the long list of reasons why we have to make damn sure that Cruz (or any other Republican for that matter) never becomes this nation’s next president.