Cruz Campaign: He’s No Gay Basher

Despite many inquiries from the press, Ted Cruz has continued to refuse to denounce Pastor Kevin Swanson’s calls for the genocide of LGBT Americans. Last month Cruz was interviewed by Swanson on the same stage from which Swanson twice endorsed the biblical call to execute homosexuals. Yesterday the right wing Washington Examiner got a quote about the controversy from the Cruz campaign:

Recently two left-wing media mainstays, MSNBC and The Daily Beast went after Cruz’s appearance at a religious freedom conference that he and two other candidates were invited to. The two liberal organizations played a video clip from another extreme left group, People for the American Way’s RightWingWatch, and imagined the conference a “kill the gays” event.

Cruz’s response to their misrepresentations was simple. He elected not to respond, “acknowledge or take their bait,” the staffer explained. “We’ve seen their follow up attempts and accusations to place Cruz into their definition of gay bashers, but that’s not even close to who he is. You have to look at his record and history, not what the left wants him to be.”

There was no “imagining” that Swanson’s event centered on “killing the gays.” Swanson’s supporters even distributed pamphlets calling for exactly that.

  • Ed Burrow

    in other news, i just had sex with a woman.

    • Todd20036


    • So YOU’RE who the Muslims in New Jersey were cheering this morning!

    • oikos

      Gay card revoked. Please turn your keys to the gay lobby in as well. 😉

      • lattebud

        That includes the keys to your gay car and the timeshare in Provincetown.

      • Jimmie Z

        You are also forbidden any use of Teh Geh WeatherMachine in future.

    • Blake Jordan

      So you are a lesbian now?

      • oikos


    • Joe in PA

      as Cher said to Nick Cage: SNAP OUT OF IT!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Get help now !

  • Gustav2

    “I can’t be a gay basher if I am following the religion of my father. It is a freedom of religion issue to tell gays they are evil.”

    • vorpal

      I don’t even particularly care if Christians think being gay is evil.

      Just like I don’t repeatedly tell them to their faces what drooling idiots I think they are and how I never advocate for lesser rights and protections for them, maybe they could just STFU.

      • Duh-David

        Religon is like a penis.

        It’s fine to have one.
        It’s okay to be proud of it;
        Just don’t go whipping it out in public,
        and please don’y try shoving it down our children’s throats.

        • Silver_Witch


      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        They will never STFU about anything. Even when amongst their own herd, they are always bitchin and bickering about something. It’s in their nature to point, judge, complain and torture others.

        • vorpal

          I actually kinda like it for two reasons:

          1. They are hilarious and have no idea how much like complete idiot nut jobs they sound. (They really can’t wrap their little brains around the fact that ERMAGERD it is now considered by most to be okay to be the gay.)

          2. They are going to be responsible for the implosion of their own religion. I don’t even have to try. I just have to sit back and poke them and announce, “Gay buttsex!” to get them started on their ranting and screeching.

          And bonus: I get to think about gay buttsex. Win-win!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            3. Sometimes, I ask them if god made them in his own image why do so many have really teeeny tiny penises ???

          • vorpal

            Hung like hamster: it’s why their god has been single for 6,500 years and counting.

            Have you been tricking Christians into showing you their weeners again?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            They are obsessed with being blessed, so yeah.

          • vorpal

            I am sure they are deeply invenerated to have such a well endowed benediction lavished on them.

            What is the name of your church?
            I’m asking for a “friend.”

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            It’s called the Church Of Casual Kink, or just COCK

          • 3.a. And if we are ALL made in his image, why are some humans not men? Oh and add in the handicapped and different colors and LGBT???

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Well, they’d say you need to read between the lines to really get into god’s head, or how some are put here to ” test ” the rest of us or something really goofy like that.

          • But I thought that god fella was “unknowable” and had him some “mysterious ways”? But then what do I know, my religion is science and my gods are Einstein, Hawking and Darwin, Dawkins and the like.

          • vorpal

            I hope this test is multiple choice, because I haven’t studied at all.
            I will just pick C(ock) over and over again.

          • vorpal

            God has a peengina, obviously, and as many colours as the rainbow.
            So the only logical conclusion is that god is an intersex bi trans deity.

          • Who is also blind, deaf, and has some physical deformities.

          • vorpal

            Given severe birth deformities like Treacher Collins syndrome and anencephaly, he must be quite a genius supermodel to boot.

            Sounds like a real catch.
            I can see why the far-right Christians I know think so highly of him.
            Gives new meaning to the term “god-fearing”, doesn’t it?

          • shudder!!! talk about a nightmare monster! no wonder they fear his ass. oh an the whole kill anyone who doesnt grovel and worship him….hmmm the tea baggers are beginning to come into focus now!

          • vorpal

            Ack! NOOOO Biki!
            Squint, before it’s too late!

          • Ah, no worries there sweet kitty! He holds no sway over me, for science is my religion and if I had a god, they would be scientists. With Einstein and Darwin leading the Pantheon.

          • John Kusters

            Well, at least he’s not pan like Zeus… He would really put the “Pan” into pansexual…

    • JT

      FSM says you’re a gay basher. So you’re engaging in religious persecution when you say otherwise.

    • John30013

      Is this an actual quote? (I’m asking for my friend, Poe…).

  • Did I miss something? Was there any denouncement of the anti-gay rhetoric at the event? Or just bashing of msnbc and Right Wing Watch for calling him out?

  • j.martindale

    If you are not a gay basher, denounce your father’s extremism and homophobic rants.

  • And Nixon was not a crook.

    • Jimmie Z

      Nixon even said so!

  • Michael Rush

    He obviously has a problem with homosexuality , now he needs to be pressed to describe his plan to deal with those pesky gays

    • D. J.

      Taking money from Ian & Matti while breaking some bread: Approved

      • popebuck1

        Yeah , there were Jews who sucked up to Hitler too. But I’m pretty sure they were rudely disillusioned at some point, somewhere around the time when they were loaded onto the boxcars regardless.

    • BobSF_94117

      You left off DADT.

  • The Weeping Cheeto

    Stupid gay basher.

  • oikos
  • Todd20036

    Um Cruz, you aren’t fooling anyone, including your base who is voting for you partly because you hate gay people.

    • popebuck1

      “Partly”? You mean there are Cruz supporters out there who can make head or tail of his tax plan or his foreign policy ideas? No. Hatred of the “other” is literally ALL they’ve got.

    • Herald

      “You have to look at his record and history,” I have and he is a conniving, despicable, con man who is full of himself and full of hate. Plus he is definitely a gay basher, also a Muslim basher, immigrant basher, …

    • Keiffer

      As Craig Mazin, he college roommate quoted as recently as 2013:

      And, you know, I want to be clear, because Ted Cruz is a nightmare of a human being. I have plenty of problems with his politics, but truthfully his personality is so awful that 99 percent of why I hate him is just his personality. If he agreed with me on every issue, I would hate him only one percent less.

      And you can always follow his twitter:

  • geoffalnutt

    Yes – I suppose murder is just a ‘bash’…a reminder to ‘straighten up and fly right’.

    • Todd20036

      You just reminded me of a line from, “I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry”
      “Gays Bash Gay Basher at Gay Bash”
      NYPost Headline.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Almost the worst movie ever.

        • Todd20036

          What made the movie so bad was that it made a mockery of a very real plight.

  • Blake Jordan

    He wants to strip us of our rights, how is that not gay bashing?

    • pleasebereasonable

      He doesn’t want to strip our rights, he just wants to make sure that everyone else’s trumps our rights. Rights granted by gawd ALWAYS supercede rights granted in the Constitution.

      • Blake Jordan

        Effectively the same thing…

  • abel

    Cruz is the most dangerous of all the GOP candidates. He is brilliant, and he is a demagogue, power-mad, and no more a Christian than Hitler, for all his lip service. His chief tactic is to demonize minorities, and with the gays and Muslims, he has ample opportunity for that.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Why do you think he is brilliant?

      • popebuck1

        For some reason, Cruz being “brilliant” is a meme that has stuck despite the total lack of evidence. Apparently he was “brilliant” back in law school, but there’s such a thing as “testing well” and being able to regurgitate facts (and so much of law school is all about having a good memory and a command of precedent cases), without having anything resembling wisdom in any other area. (See also: Carson, Ben.)

        Frankly, a lot of his reputation for brilliance seems to stem from him going around constantly yelling about how brilliant he is, and acting so intimidating and confident that people assume he must know what he’s talking about. (See also: Trump, Donald.)

        In short: he’s considered brilliant largely because he goes around telling people he is, and acting the part flawlessly because he believes it himself. What Quentin Crisp called “Chelsea poverty”: “Having all the airs and habits of a genius and no actual talent.”

      • abel

        Take a look at his educational record:

    • The Psychopahty of Genius

      Cruz is NOT brilliant, any more than Trump is brilliant. They are both audacious frauds, willing to say anything without feeling remorse, and then double-down rather than apologize. This is a recognized personality trait among people who are successful in both politics (Cruz) and business (Trump). Neither of them has friends, just situational allies and people they have bought off or intimidated.

      Cruz’s “genius” is his lack of conscience, his ability to focus on what he wants to the detriment of the greater good, and his willingness to destroy both individuals and institutions to further his myopic vision.

      It is a wonder to me how candidates like this don’t become targets for terrorists, who might feel like they could garner sympathy for their cause by destroying something that is a symbol of everything bad about the U.S., and who are personally reviled by a majority of the population. The response might be surprising.

    • Except for the idea of Cruz being brilliant, I agree with everything else you said.

      • abel

        Let me direct you to his educational record in Wikipedia. You do not rack up those degrees and honors by being stupid. I detest Ted Cruz, but I’m not going to underestimate him. Yes, he is playing to the gallery, and acting like an ignorant clown, but that’s all part of his plan.

        • Ok, I’ll give you that he is book smart, but brilliant? No. I don’t think he acts the ignorant clown, its only those of us on the left that feel that. He is playing to the extreme right, and they don’t think he is clownish at all.

  • JT

    Cruz tries to be a kinder, gentler genocidal maniac. “No, I won’t denounce my buddy who wants to kill the gays. I just don’t want to hear the details when it’s done.”

  • delk

    Good thing a couple of quislings provided him photographic evidence.

    • delk

      Ted “I have gay friends” Cruz

  • Cruzin’ for a Bruzin’

    Since his appearance at the conference where speakers called for incarceration and the death penatly for LGBTs, Cruz has repeatedly promised other right-wing relgious hate groups that he would work to overturn Obergefell. He’s not even bothering to deny this either. Cruz is a homophobe and a demagogue, a pscyhopath and a sociopath. He has many other skeletons in his closet yet to be exposed.

  • D. J.

    When the Cruz campaign was pressed for a response, they asked for proof. When proof about Swanson was provided, the Cruz camp dismissed it, saying it wasn’t “explicit enough” because Swanson might allow us some indeterminate amount of time to “repent”.
    Cruz is a Psycopath surrounded by psychopaths.

  • LovesIrony

    Jake Tapper asked him a question about swanson’s intolerance before the hate rally, Cruz brushed it aside and went on a poor us christian rant. Tapper, cruz’s collaborator did nothing. He knew, went and now says he’s being persecuted. Fuck Cruz, Fuck Tapper and Fuck swanson, ….but not with my dick

    • Silver Badger

      Please ad Rubio and Trump to the Fuck’em list. Perhaps we could use Cheney’s dick?

      • Silver_Witch

        Does he have a dick??? I think not!

        • Silver Badger

          Cheney is a transplant miracle. I’m pretty sure he has someones dick.

          • Silver_Witch

            Good for Cheney – I hope he got a dick that leans severally to the left…hehehehe

        • Michael Senesac

          Yes, Cheney has a dick. It’s his first name.

        • Stev84

          He *is* a dick

  • Richard Rush

    Considering the fact that there are plenty of fundamentalist Christian pastors who are NOT publicly advocating genocide, it seems that Cruz’s appearance as a presidential candidate at Swanson’s event was a clever way to bestow credibility and respectability (in far right circles) to Swanson’s views without having to go on record as advocating genocide himself. And Swanson’s invitation to the candidates was an effort to gain the credibility and respectability that Cruz so willingly granted.

    It’s a lot like Matt Barber posting articles by other authors on his blog containing calls for genocide, and then removing the articles AFTER people point out to him the content, which, of course, is AFTER the idea of genocide has been planted in the heads of many of his readers. But it allows Barber to claim that his hands are clean.

  • TexasBoy

    Apparently Ted has never heard the old adage, that you’re judged by the company you keep.

    • Stev84

      Such as his father who has a very prominent role in his campaign

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “….but that’s not even close to who he is. You have to look at his record and history……” Excuse me, but that’s what they’re doing: LOOKING at what he’s done and who he is and it ain’t gay friendly. Talk about having blinders on.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’m not gay, but hearing the “sermon” certainly had me fearful for my gay family, friends neighbors, and coworkers. The fact that Cruz and the other GOP crazies didn’t leave or denounce such speech can only lead to one conclusion; that he and they are on board with those that seek to disenfranchise the LGBT community, strip them of their rights, and ultimately end their very existence. To draw any other conclusion is nonsensical and any one paying attention would not be fooled.

    As far as his record on gay rights, let’s see it! We already know that Cruz doesn’t think gays should have any rights. Is there anything to disprove that?

  • Octavio

    The Donald has certainly cornered the attention this morning of all of this mornings media outlets. Noah McDonnel on CBS This Morning was obviously upset about the Trump criticism, though she tried not to show it.

  • Stev84

    Just look at his father see how he was raised and what he really thinks

  • Michael Senesac

    “You have to look at his record and history….” but please don’t.

    • Rillion

      I did look. He is a bigot, surprise.

    • Please look at his record and history….but he will refuse to answer questions about this event he went to because apparently that is not part of his record or history. Funny how that works.

  • BobSF_94117

    but that’s not even close to who he is

    So, he’s apparently worse than a gay basher.

  • CJAS

    While he has consistently oppose equality, his office did decline to defend Texas’ sodomy law in Lawrence v. Texas. He can hang his hat on that, I suppose.

  • jomicur

    Nah. And he’s no Canadian, either.

  • Cruz: Quick question, does lynching or curb stomping count as bashing?

  • Paige Turner

    Theres something “off” about Cruz. He is disingenuous in a strange way. Maybe its the Jesus stuff but he’s off beam. Theres nothing trustworthy or real about this Man. If Trump ever got the nomination with Cruz as Veep it would be diabolical.

    Theres a lot of Nazi references around and I don’t like them but in this instance (as Ive said before) Trump is to Hitler as Cruz is to Goerring or Goebbels is the only comparison I can think of.

    • Its because he has no soul. He is an empty vessel, and nature hates a vacuum, so it fills that empty bit with hate.

  • Gerry Fisher

    “Well…if the main *purpose* of the event was not to kill the gays, then you should ignore all ‘kill the gays’ comments made during the event.” [DOH!]

    • Exactly….so I guess if someone held an event and then as a side note said that all Christians should be killed and democrat presidential candidates were in attendance and said nothing against it they would not flip out at all right??? After all it was not the main purpose of the event. Lol.

  • EdA

    “You have to look at his record and history.”

    Yes. He knowingly attended a campaign event organized by someone who he was informed has a track record — validated at the event itself — of calling for the murder of millions of Americans, and has now made it abundantly clear that he is perfectly fine with that.
    Incidentally, in Maryland there is a person, Chris Kefalas, a gay Republican who wants to join Ted Cruz in the Senate.

  • If he does not want to be seen as supporting the death penalty for homosexuality then why not simply denounce the pastor’s comments? Why? Because he knows his religious right bases likes them and does not want him to denounce them. We are looking at his record and his record shows him being very connected to anti-gay extremists.

  • Arkansan

    I love that photo. Just push out like your taking a shit and relax Ted.

  • Ninja0980

    Oh but ye are Blanche, ye are.

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