Stephen Colbert Demolishes Ted Cruz’s Homophobia, Gives Him A History Lesson (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert took the opportunity on Monday night’s Late Show to confront his guest, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, about his anti-gay bigotry and to remind the presidential hopeful that the love affair the Republican party currently has with Ronald Reagan’s ideology is misguided.

Reminding Cruz that the 40th president had actually been far less conservative than many think, Colbert said:

“Let me ask about Reagan for a second. Reagan raised taxes, okay. Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Reagan to be nominated today. So to what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan?”

While Cruz tried to deflect the confrontation, Colbert didn’t give up. The Late Show host continued to press:

“Raising taxes and amnesty for illegal immigrants. Could you agree with Reagan on those two things?”

Cruz admitted that he couldn’t, but stated that Reagan had signed the largest tax cut in history. Still, Colbert insisted that Reagan was willing to compromise and work with Democrats when needed:

“But when conditions changed in the country, he reversed his world’s largest tax cut and raised taxes when revenues did not match the expectations, so it’s a matter of compromising. Will you be willing to compromise with the other side?”

Following in many of his fellow GOP candidate’s footsteps, Cruz danced around actually answering Colbert’s question. Cruz filled the space by instead talking about running to “live within our means, stop bankrupting our kids and grandkids and follow the Constitution.”

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“And no gay marriage,” Colbert jumped in, welcoming the chance to address the conservative candidate’s position on same-sex marriage. The argument remained civil but heated and when Cruz argued that marriage should be left for the states to decide, Colbert’s audience began to boo Cruz. Colbert, despite his disagreements with Cruz on the subject, defended him. Colbert said:

“Guys, however you feel, he’s my guest, so please don’t boo him.”

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Although Cruz failed to win the support of the audience for nearly the entire interview, he did manage to get a small applause at the end when he said, “If you want to win an issue, go to the ballot box and win at the ballot box. That’s the way the Constitution was designed.”

Featured image courtesy of Late Show (screenshot)