Ted Cruz half-jokes about making Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson UN Ambassador

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.

Phil Robertson, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Phil Robertson, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

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.


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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