It was really only a matter of time before someone other than Sarah Palin said something really stupid about the Planned Parenthood attack. Ted Cruz was the first presidential candidate to respond to the attack, and he did so in a classy way, with prayers and condolences. Now he’s in damage control mode. He is trying to distance himself and the GOP from this tragedy in the most insane way imaginable.
At a press conference, Cruz told reporters that associating Robert Dear with Republicans’ attempts to interfere with women’s reproductive rights is just “vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life.” Well, no, not really, but people like Ted Cruz will think what they want.
That’s not the kicker, though. The kicker is when he responded to a question about Dear saying, “no more baby parts,” with this:
It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist, if that’s what he is. I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.
That is disgusting. It paints a picture of transgender people as psychotic murderers. They are not.
Some are saying that Dear’s voter registration form listed him as a woman, but there’s no way to draw the conclusion that he was transgender. Even so, that’s what the right has run with ever since that came out. It should be noted that this was first reported at The Gateway Pundit, which likes to play fast and loose with facts, but which the right likes to take seriously for some reason.
According to Think Progress, Dear was a recluse who was generally conservative in his political leanings. He was also Christian, loved the Bible, and believed abortion was wrong. He was critical of President Obama. Neither his appearance nor what people know about him, suggests he was transgender. There is currently no explanation for his voter registration form.
Calling Dear transgender because of a sketchy report about his voter registration form is like all the conservatives who took a single report that the shooting might actually have been a bank robbery and ran with it. They do not want to face even the possibility that everything they’ve been spewing about those lying videos that claim Planned Parenthood sells baby parts for profit might have helped set this in motion.
Yes, he was a murderer, but he was also a conservative, Christian terrorist. Ted Cruz is scared about how this will play out against the GOP in the upcoming elections. He should be.