Even though the right-wing myths about what happens have been debunked many times (as recently as last week by FOX News anchor Chris Wallace), Ted Cruz continues to hammer home his fear-mongering about the consequences of transgender “bathroom bills” and according to the NYT, the strategy is working for him, at least in Indiana.
I haven’t written yet about Ted Cruz’s rather gutsy move to announce a running-mate before he actually becomes the Republican presidential nominee.
Mainly because I didn’t really know what to make of it. Or what to make of Carly Fiorina’s rather creepy singing to Ted’s children at the announcement.
Stephen Colbert just about nails it though.
“I’m still reeling from the news out of the Ted Cruz campaign. First, that there is still a Ted Cruz campaign….second, that he named a running mate yesterday. That is bold.”
Colbert applauded Cruz’s “huevos rancheros” for choosing a running mate so early in the game, and then proceeded to liken it to the captain of the Titanic announcing a “vice captain” as the ship is going down.
But Colbert saved the most glee to mock Fiorina’s “lullaby” for Cruz’s children: “It’s like Disney gave the wicked stepmother her own song.”
“Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” – former Speaker of the House John Boehner expressing his opinion of GOP White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz
Following quickly on the heels of Donald Trump telling NBC News that he opposes North Carolina’s anti-LGBT hate law HB2, Sen. Ted Cruz rushed out this attack ad using the same, tired false “attack of the transgender women” narrative we’ve seen far too often.
Text of the spot:
“Should a grown man pretending to be a woman be allowed to use the women’s restroom? The same restroom used by your daughter? And your wife? Donald Trump thinks so. It’s not appropriate and it’s not safe. It’s PC nonsense that’s destroying America. Donald Trump won’t take on the PC police. He’s one of them.”
GOP White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz was asked a question this morning on Good Morning America by a gay Republican businessman concerned about so-called “religious freedom” laws and Cruz’s support for a constitutional amendment to overturn same-sex marriage in the United States.
It will come as no surprise that Cruz stealthily side-stepped what the gentleman was asking and instead talks on how “religious freedom” in the Constitution “protects everybody.”
Even though hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos circle back to the center of the question, Cruz never really addresses the issue.
The moment feels like everyone is being a bit “polite” – the question gets posed but no one really goes to the heart of the matter. Watch below from ABC:
Sen. Ted Cruz, making an appearance on The Tonight Show last night, played along for a “phone call” from faux “Trumpster” played by Jimmy Fallon.
During the call, “The Donald” inquires how Cruz won all of Colorado’s delegates without voting, and then offers Cruz advice on how to visit New York in advance of the GOP primary there next week.
I’m not sure comedy is Cruz’s strong suit, but I give him props for trying.
Ted Cruz thinks people don’t have a right to “stimulate their genitals.” I was his college roommate. This would be a new belief of his.
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) April 13, 2016
This follows a story in the current news cycle recalling when then Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz argued in a court case in 2007 that “there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”
As I always say: “Ye who protesteth the loudest, do it the mosteth.”
|Sen. Ted Cruz (L), Gov. Scott Walker (R)|
Gov. Scott Walker called into WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee to announce his endorsement of Ted Cruz. Walker called Cruz a “principled, common sense conservative.”
Not sure if endorsements actually do anything in this wild campaign season, though. South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t seem to do much for Marco Rubio.
But we shall see. The Wisconsin primary is one week away.
The Ted Cruz campaign is thrilled with the news! From the Cruz campaign via press release:
We wanted to share some very exciting news with you: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just endorsed Ted Cruz for President. This is a HUGE deal. Scott Walker has enacted big, bold conservative reforms in Wisconsin. His endorsement confirms what we have been saying for months, Conservatives are uniting behind Ted Cruz.
Will you join Scott Walker in standing with Ted Cruz today? Over the last year we have been campaigning from coast to coast to elect Ted Cruz as President. We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still a lot left to do. Next week Wisconsin votes. We must send a strong message that we are all behind Ted Cruz.
Scott Walker’s endorsement proves that Ted Cruz has what it takes to win everywhere, including swing states like Wisconsin. The only thing left is your support today. Please join Scott Walker and conservatives across America by contributing to the Wisconsin Victory fund. Your contribution could make the difference between victory and defeat!
After the National Enquirer ran a report about alleged affairs by Ted Cruz, Cruz accused Donald Trump‘s campaign of potential involvement.
On ABC’s This Week guest host Jon Karl asked Trump if his campaign or anyone connected to it was in any way involved with the story. Trump said no one did, and he lashed out at Cruz for blaming him when, he said, “I have no control over the National Enquirer.”
“I don’t care, I mean, really, I don’t care… I have no idea whether it was right or not. They actually have a very good record of being right… I hope it’s not right.”
“I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.
“Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz.
“I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”
– via Donald J. Trump’s Facebook page