Speaking to an audience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina today, Ted Cruz suggested that the rabidly Christian Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s lack of political correctness suggests that he’d be a great choice for Ambassador to the United Nations for a President Cruz.
As Cruz said, quoted by CNN:
“You know there’s a reason he terrifies the mainstream media. He says the things you’re not supposed to say. He actually remembers who we are as Americans and just speaks it with a joy, not with an anger, not with a hatred, with a joy in who we are…How much would you pay to see the Russian ambassador’s face when Phil says, “What is wrong with you people?”
I’m willing to let Cruz’s nod to Idiocracy go. It was a joke. Ha ha. What I’m not willing to let go of is the fact that Ted Cruz seems to be suggesting here that he agrees with the sorts of things that Phil Robertson says.
- On Muslims: “either convert them or kill them“
- On marriage equality supporters in Washington: “rid the earth of them“
- On liberals: “pawns of Satan“
- On “pre-welfare” black people: “They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues“
And so on.
Ted Cruz is right that these are things “you’re not supposed to say.” That’s because these things are horrendously bigoted and, contra Cruz, are in fact incredibly hateful. Robertson may take joy in being abundantly mean to people who don’t happen to be white, conservative and Christian, but that doesn’t make him worth celebrating.
Unless you’re Ted Cruz, who thinks that saying these things is part of “who we are as Americans.”
Once again, we’re left in a situation where Ted Cruz has endorsed something completely insane that someone endorsing him has said, and we’re left to wonder whether, if asked, he’d disavow their statements. I’m not holding my breath.