Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ted Cruz Uses Transphobia to Try to Revive His Dying Campaign

Ted Cruz got trounced in Tuesday's New York State primary and failed to win a single delegate.  Now, it is mathematically impossible for him to win enough delegates to win the GOP nomination on a first ballot - or even a second or third ballot for that manner.  So what does Cruz do?  He pivots back to trying to energize the Christofascists by playing on transphobia - not that there are enough of them to save his sorry, nasty ass - and depicting transgender individuals as a threat to women and young girls.  The man is despicable! A piece in Salon looks at Cruz's utter foul tactic.  Here are highlights: 
After a dismal performance in New York, whose Republican voters looked upon the Texas senator who denigrated their value system so much so that he managed to lose a congressional district to Ben Carson despite his dropping out of the presidential race a month ago, Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign was declared dead on arrival in Cleveland for the GOP’s convention this July. The Associated Press reported that after Tuesday’s vote, Cruz is mathematically eliminated, leaving Donald Trump as the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.
Naturally, Cruz’s campaign has turned to fearmongering and scapegoating to deflect from the news that according to Ted Cruz earlier this month Cruz called on John Kasisch to drop out after it was determined Kasich was mathematically eliminated from earning enough delegates to win the nomination outright — it’s now time for the Cruz campaign to call it quits.
“Grown adult men — strangers — should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls. And that’s not conservative. That’s not Republican or Democrat. That’s basic common sense,” Cruz asserted while campaigning in Maryland on Thursday.
Reacting to Donald Trump’s opposition to the law, citing negative business repercussions on the “Today” show early Thursday, Cruz said the backlash was proof positive that the country has “gone off the deep end.”
“As you know, my daughters are 5 and 8. My 5-year-old knows the difference between boys and girls,” Cruz said, exploiting his children to make a hateful and wholly dishonest political point. “That’s not a reasonable position, it is simply crazy and the idea that grown men would be allowed alone in a bathroom with little girls — you don’t need to be a behavioral psychologist to realize bad things can happen, and any prudent person wouldn’t allow that.”
Cruz’s basic contention is an ugly right-wing myth meant to dishonestly link transgender people with criminality. But in fact, an investigation by an independent non-profit found no connection between transgender nondiscrimination rights for restrooms and locker rooms and women’s safety: 
A new investigative report by the non-profit new agency Crosscut shows that in states where such legislation has been passed,the safety of women is not compromised.
According to the publication, officials in Nevada, Oregon and Hawaii — the latter having protections in place for 10 years— said the laws haven’t been linked to any crimes.
Still, as his campaign flounders, Cruz desperately culls the transphobic beliefs of the conservative base for votes, as he is wont and trained to do.

Simply put, Ted Cruz is a foul individual and makes the perfect case of why one would not want to be even call them self a "Christian."  

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