If there was ever any doubt that Republicans have become nothing more than radical propagandists living in a delusional world of conservative fan fiction, those doubts should be laid to rest following the tragic shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs that left three dead and several more wounded. Despite the fact that officials have confirmed Robert Lewis Dear spoke of “no more baby parts,” a direct reference to the rhetoric Republicans have been using based off the discredited anti-Planned Parenthood videos, most still refuse to admit that their party bears any responsibility for these murders.
Not surprisingly, nobody showcased their sociopathic denial of reality quite like GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The junior senator from Texas not only denied that there’s any evidence that GOP anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric motivated this murderer (even though there’s evidence that it did), but he took it a step further by quoting a right-wing blog to suggest that Dear was actually – wait for it – a left-wing, transgender activist.
“The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point there’s very little evidence to indicate that,” Cruz said.
Very little evidence? Law enforcement officials have confirmed that he spoke of “no more baby parts” along with anti-government and other anti-abortion rhetoric, plus we have accounts from people who had met him that he had passed out anti-Obama material to them in the past within minutes of meeting them.
So, Dear is:
- Apparently pro-gun
- Spoke of “no more baby parts”
- Attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic
Sounds like a radical, “pro-life” conservative to me – but according to Senator Cruz, there’s “very little evidence to indicate that.”
That’s when Cruz really went off the deep end.
“It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist,” he added. “If that’s what he is, I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”
First, it hasn’t “been reported” by anyone credible. Cruz’s claims are based on an article from conservative website, The Gateway Pundit, which published Dear’s voter registration card that has him registered as a woman. Going off of that one thing, they pushed the ridiculous “story” that Dear is actually transgender.
Of course, there are a couple of issues with that.
Common sense would indicate him being registered as a woman was probably a mistake. Just ask Jeb Bush who registered as “Latino” in the past; these sort of clerical errors can and do happen.
Even if he is transgender (which there’s absolutely zero evidence to support) that doesn’t automatically make him a “leftist activist.” There are plenty of gay Republicans despite the fact that the GOP clearly opposes equal rights for homosexuals. And while I’m sure there aren’t very many, I’m willing to bet there are some transgender Republicans out there, as well.
I think the biggest hypocrisy shown here by Ted Cruz is his insistence we shouldn’t blame “the left” if Dear turns out to be a “leftist activist” (he isn’t), considering he’s blamed President Obama for the death of a police officer.
“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz said back in September. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”
To summarize, according to Cruz, it would be unfair to blame Republicans for a man committing mass murder – even though it’s been reported that he’s specifically used anti-abortion rhetoric that’s linked directly to Republican propaganda against Planned Parenthood – but he felt it was acceptable to try to blame President Obama for the death of a police officer a couple of months ago based on pure nonsense.
While Cruz’s comments don’t surprise me, they do serve as yet another example of how far Republicans will reach to continue to push their ludicrous propaganda. Even when there’s evidence from law enforcement officials linking a possible act of domestic terrorism to rhetoric taken directly from Republican talking points, they still refuse to admit that their party, and their fear-mongering rhetoric, shoulders a lot of the responsiblity for the murders committed by this monster.