Ted Cruz Is Mad That The Media Won’t Say Most Violent Criminals Are Democrats

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, perennially melting GOP Presidential contender Ted Cruz weighed in again on the recent terrorist attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood, this time arguing that most violent criminals are Democrats.

“Every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing, you could almost see the media salivating, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies. Now, listen, here’s the simple and undeniable facts: The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that.”

Cruz declined to offer a source for that information on air, but when CNN asked for evidence of this, his campaign cited an article in the The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, by University of Pennsylvania’s Marc Meredith and Stanford University’s Michael Morse, that found ex-felons tend to vote Democrat when their voting rights are restored, and cited previous research that showed ex-felons are more likely to vote Democratic based on factors like ethnicity, income, age, employment, marital status and education. None of this research specifically studied violent criminals, who only make up about 49 percent of the prison population.

This, however, is likely due to the over-incarceration of black males and a criminal system that privileges white offenders, rather than some innate violent streak among people who vote Democratic.

Also, quite frankly, unless the crime they’ve committed is politically motivated, it doesn’t matter what their political leanings are. If someone holds up a convenience store, what do I care if they vote Republican?

In regards to this particular incident — if someone is shooting up a Planned Parenthood, it is pretty gosh darned unlikely that they are pro-choice or a liberal. It’s a pretty safe thing to assume, just as it would be safe to assume that someone who breaks into a laboratory and sets all the lab animals free is probably not a Republican. It’s common sense when you are talking about a crime that tends to be politically motivated.

And yes, statistically speaking, the vast majority of politically-motivated violent, terrorist acts since 9/11 have been committed by white, conservative, Christian men.

In the beginning of the interview, Hugh Hewitt said, “I have never met — not once — a single pro-life activist who is in favor of violence of any sort,” and Ted Cruz agreed. Perhaps they are unfamiliar with groups like the Army of God, who actively endorse killing abortion doctors. Perhaps they missed out on all the anti-choicers calling Robert Lewis Dear a hero. But I kind of doubt it.

Now, Ted Cruz may have never gone on a shooting spree at an abortion clinic. He did, however, recently tout his endorsement from Troy Newman, the President of Operation Rescue, who has called for the execution of doctors who perform abortions.

“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of Troy Newman,” Cruz said. “He has served as a voice for the unborn for over 25 years, and works tirelessly every day for the pro-life cause. We need leaders like Troy Newman in this country who will stand up for those who do not have a voice.”

Newman also criticized the conviction of Florida anti-choice murderer Paul Hill, saying that he should have been allowed to present a defense arguing that “the killing of the abortionist was necessary to save the lives of the pre-born babies that were scheduled to be killed by abortion that day,” and suggested that the murder was a “justifiable defensive action.”

Newman also hired Cheryl Sullenger, who had previously served time for an attempted bombing of an abortion clinic, as the senior policy advisor for Operation Rescue. Sullenger later assisted Scott Roeder, who assassinated Dr. George Tiller, by telling him where Dr. Tiller would be at all times.

On top of all that, Ted Cruz is also known to be in cahoots with Pastor Kevin Swanson, who has advocated for the execution of gay people. When asked about this association, instead of saying, “Oh my god, that’s horrible. I would not want anything to do with a guy like that,” Cruz chose to say that he didn’t know about everything Swanson ever said (even though he’s quite famous for this particular position), and then went on about how much he loves religious liberty. By refusing to renounce his associations with Swanson, Cruz is essentially endorsing his rhetoric and suggesting it’s just not that abominable to think you should be able to kill people for being gay.

Cruz has also been very big on perpetuating the lie that Planned Parenthood was somehow profiting off of the “sale” of fetal tissue and organs. Again, it was a completely legal and totally standard reimbursement for procurement costs. This is a dangerous lie, and it’s inciting people to do some pretty horrid things.

These lies, these people? They don’t exist in a vacuum, where they just help you get votes and never have any unfortunate side effects. They incite violence. They make people believe that violence in the name of their cause is justified and righteous, and there are consequences to that. When will conservatives like Ted Cruz start to take some responsibility?

[TalkingPointsMemo]
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