Does Ted Cruz think we need to “rid the world” of pro-marriage equality Supreme Court justices?

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson campaigned with Ted Cruz in Iowa yesterday, and he had some choice words for the Supreme Court when introducing Cruz at one event:

Said Robertson:

Phil Robertson, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Phil Robertson, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees the depravity, the perversion — redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? Come on Iowa, it’s NONSENSE! It is evil. It’s wicked. It’s sinful. They want us to swallow it, you say. We have to run this bunch out of Washington, D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there. Ted Cruz loves God, he loves James Madison and he’s a strict constitutionalist. You know what Ted Cruz understands? He understands that…God raises these empires up. It is God who brings them down.

Ted Cruz followed Robertson on the stage and wasted no time calling him “a joyful, cheerful, unapologetic voice of truth.”

Which can only lead one to wonder: How much of what Robertson said does Cruz believe to be “truth”?

This is one of many instances on the campaign trail in which Cruz has not only openly embraced hardline conservative Christians with odious social views, but has also come awfully close to endorsing those views themselves. Just last week, Cruz announced that he had put Operation Rescue founder Troy Newman on his newly-formed “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition, citing Newman’s books calling for the government to punish abortion providers and the women who have abortions as if they were murderers. By endorsing not only Newman but also his work, Cruz, a death penalty enthusiast, turned what would otherwise be a ridiculous question — “Do you think the government should execute women who have abortions?” — into a serious one. As in, given the people Cruz is surrounding himself with, and the views of theirs that he is amplifying, there seems to be a real chance that, if asked, he would say something along the lines of yes.

Which brings us back to Robertson. Giving him a generous listening, it sounds like he’s referring to marriage equality-affirming politicians and judges as the people we have to “rid the earth” of. Hyperbolic? Maybe. But hey, so is Ted Cruz.

Either way, what’s undoubtedly clear is that Robertson genuinely believes that marriage equality is “evil,” “wicked” and “sinful.” I’d be very interested to see Cruz look a gay or lesbian couple in the eyes and answer whether he agrees with this “unapologetic voice of truth” as far as that goes.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • gratuitous

    And isn’t Cruz just the luckiest sumbitch on the face of the earth, knowing that none of the millionaires reporting on the political scene will ask him a question about that? Cruz gets all of the dubious benefit of pandering to some of the most hateful people in the electorate, and none of the approbation that should attach.

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  • GreenEagle

    I do not think you are entirely right here. I certainly agree that Cruz is one of the most self-absorbed people on earth, only interested in what is good for Ted Cruz, but please remember that his father, who is certifiably insane, brought him up to believe that he was put on the Earth by God to save humanity from evil, and Ted has, many times over the years, shown signs that he believes exactly that. What we have with Cruz is a bizarre combination of cynical self serving and messianic conviction. Honestly, I am not sure that any of us in the reality based world is really capable of understanding what is going on in his mind.

  • Baal

    Cruz does not necessarily say what he believes, and while much of what he says is truly appalling and dangerous, he really only cares about himself. He will say or do anything to advance his own agenda, at any cost to other people. So the thing about Cruz is that what he says is useful only as a platform from which to attack him. It is pointless to speculate about what he actually thinks.

  • nicho

    Just think that on some distant planet, an intelligent species is intercepting our television broadcasts and watching this presidential race the same way people here watch Downton Abbey. They think it’s fiction.

  • MoonDragon

    In other words, he wants the entire world, especially women, to join him as protolife in the primordial soup.

  • “We have to rid the Earth of them.”

    That’s open advocacy for mass genocide. And Ted Cruz doesn’t have a problem with it. To the contrary, he thinks this kind of message is “a joyful, cheerful, unapologetic voice of truth.”

    Let that sink in for a second: ‘Joyful, cheerful, unapologetic truth,’ to Ted Cruz, is calling for the murder of anybody who supports LGBT civil rights. This isn’t just a hardline conservative Christian view; this is the eliminationist rhetoric of would-be religious tyrants — also known as extremist Christian terroristic radicals. And Ted Cruz is THEIR guy.

    What’s “evil, sinful, and wicked” isn’t gay and lesbian couples settling down to have a committed monogamous relationship, protected under civil law. What’s evil is a sexist goat of a man urging other men to marry young teenage girls, so as to make these girls as close to physical property as possible, submissive, debased and demeaned as human beings.

  • Ol’ Hippy

    Just what this country needs. A hateful dominionist running and a bunch of backwoods rich bigoted asshole supporters wanting to ruin/run this nation. This election cycle is just showing how low the GOP will go toward destroying the US. I guess the conservatives just can’t see what’s really happening. We don’t need another war,(with Iran), we don’t need to keep denying the climate crisis and we sure don’t need someone who keeps their head in the sand on these issues leading this country.

  • MoonDragon

    What does he think of parents who refuse to let their 15-year-old daughters accept valid marriage proposals? Shouldn’t those parents be demanding the girls submit to an honest, decent husband and learn to pluck his ducks?

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