Ted Cruz proposed a “thought experiment” during a campaign rally today in South Carolina.
“Imagine for a second: Phil Robertson, ambassador to the United Nations,” he said.
The audience laughed, and laughed. The idea of the Duck Dynasty star being a top U.S. diplomat is pretty absurd, but not for the reasons Cruz thinks.
“You know what, there’s a reason he terrifies the mainstream media,” Cruz claimed. “He says things you’re not supposed to say. He actually remembers who we are as Americans, and he speaks it with a joy — not with an anger, not with a hatred — with a joy in who we are.”
The two were campaigning together in Myrtle Beach, with Robertson touting his endorsement. Even today, though, Robertson put some of that “joy” on display.
While waving a Bible, he said about abortion:
“When you start allowing men to determine what is right, what is wrong, what is good, what is evil, you let men do it — and they do not vet it through this book — our founding fathers warned us over and over and over again, what you will end up doing is saying, ‘Well, I know it sounds like it may be a violation of commandment number 6, do not murder, but we’re just going to go ahead and tell these ladies of America, American women, they can kill their children.'”
While waving a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he ranted on gay sex:
“I know what God says about perversion. I mean, you know Sodom and Gomorrah … Marriage is between a man and a woman. Keep your sex right there. Here’s a report from the CDC, gentlemen. Young men, marry you a woman. Dude, if she’s clean and you’re clean and you marry her, you say you keep your sex right there, you’re never going to get a debilitating disease and/or death. It’s safe!”
Here’s the Cruz thought experiment:
Here’s what Robertson said: