Silencing Donald Trump supporters and possibly humbling the most outspoken presidential candidate vying for the number one spot come November, Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa GOP caucus Monday night, a huge leap for the Republican presidential hopeful who received about 28 percent of votes.
Trump, trailing behind by four percentage points, and Sen. Marco Rubio — who came in with 23 percent of votes — became Monday night’s losers, a welcome reprieve for those fearful of Trump’s xenophobic and often vitriolic language against women and people of color.
But the truth is, Cruz’s rhetoric isn’t a far cry from Trump’s. He’s just missing the colorful delivery.
Cruz’s Iowa win is not much to snuff at. You may remember how he and his henchmen held federal workers hostage for nearly 16 days during the partial government shutdown in 2013 in an effort to defund Obamacare. He is clueless about climate change and thinks Chocolate City is not part of America.
And if that’s not scary enough, the Texas senator has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. Cruz supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood and has worked tirelessly to push anti-abortion agenda. And he claims the Black Lives Matter movement — a movement created out of the necessity to curb racial injustice and systemic discrimination — is “literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers.”
He couldn’t be more wrong.
Here are 11 ridiculous Cruz quotes that you need to take note of. After all, this man may run our country one day.
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He tried to stunt on Obamacare:
“I intend to speak in opposition to Obamacare; I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” he said during a fake filibuster.
He defends racist rocker Ted Nugent:
“I don’t think we should be focused on the personalities and – and – and Hollywood celebrities and like,” he said, shifting attention to Obama, reports Politicus USA. “We should be focused on the substance. The substance is our constitutional rights and liberties are being undermined. And the substance is millions of Americans are hurting because we are trapped in an economic stagnation from failed policies from the Obama administration.”
He doesn’t think Chocolate City is in America:
“Having spent the past month up in D.C., it is really great to be back in America,” according to Real Clear Politics.
He wants the U.S. Senate to be full of people who fight against civil rights:
U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms ardently opposed civil rights measures and even tried to block the Senate from approving a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It’s every bit as true now as it was then,” Cruz said. “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”
He called President Obama’s immigration measure divisive:
“I think if instead the bill includes elements that are deeply divisive — and I would note that I don’t think there is any issue in this entire debate that is more divisive than a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally — in my view, any bill that insists upon that jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration reform bill,” Cruz said.
He scares children:
“The Obama economy is a disaster, Obamacare is a trainwreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind – the whole world is on fire,” he said.
This was news to 3-year-old Julia Trant of Londonderry. She asked: “The world is on fire?”
He is confused about his citizenship:
After speaking to Donald Trump about a possible run for the White House, Cruz admitted that he was born in Calgary, Canada. However, he told The Dallas Morning News, “I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator I believe I should be only an American.”
He said President Obama is using the military as social workers:
During an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, Cruz complained that United States military leaders were taking too many cues from the president. “It’s not our job,” he said, “to be social workers in Iraq and put them all on expanded Medicaid. It is our job to kill terrorists who have declared war on America and who have demonstrated the intention and capability to murder innocent Americans.”
He lives in a bubble, blaming Democrats for congressional dysfunction:
“The crisis on the border, unfortunately President Obama and Harry Reid have demonstrated no interest in solving it,” Cruz said in the interview with The Huffington Post. “President Obama a couple of weeks ago was down in Texas. He went to Democratic party fundraisers, had plenty of time to pal around with fat cats in the Democratic party, and collect their checks for politics.”
“But he had no time to go to the border. He had no time to visit the air force bases where these children are being held, are suffering because of the failures of his immigration policy and his lawlessness,” he added.
He’s confused about climate change, saying global warming is not supported by data:
“You know, back in the ’70s — I remember the ’70s, we were told there was global cooling,” he tells CNN. “And everyone was told global cooling was a really big problem. … The problem with climate change is there’s never been a day in the history of the world in which the climate is not changing.”
He wants to ban federal same-sex marriage:
“If the citizens of the state of Iowa or the citizens of the state of Texas want to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman … the states have the constitutional authority to do so and the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislature’s reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage,” Cruz told radio host Jan Mickelson, writes Salon. “If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now and it’s a real danger to our liberty.”
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