This hypocrisy will haunt Ted Cruz for the rest of his pathetic campaign, and hopefully for the rest of his life.
As the son of a refugee who may not be alive today if the United States had denied Rafael Cruz asylum 55 years ago, you would think Ted Cruz would support granting asylum to the Syrian refugees — or at least decline to take a position on the issue.
But the Texas Senator chose to oppose the Syrian refugees instead, so he completely deserved being cornered by CNN host Dana Bash on Monday.
During the interview, Bash reminded Cruz that his own father came to America as a refugee and could have easily been denied asylum if politicians at the time had expressed fear that bringing over Cuban refugees risked bringing crime and communism to our shores.
BASH: “What would have happened if your father, who was trying to get from Cuba to the United States, and the political leaders said, ‘Nope, we don’t think so, because who knows? Maybe you could be somebody who could, you know, commit crimes against Americans.'”
Cruz, of course, claimed that the situations aren’t comparable and went on to defend his father as a sane person who deserved asylum.
CRUZ: “See, that’s why it’s important to define what it is we’re fighting. If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islamism that promotes murdering anyone who doesn’t share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, then it would have made perfect sense.”
Ted Cruz’s father is, in fact, a crazy conservative “Christian” extremist despite how much his son insists otherwise. He’s a racist who rails against same-sex marriage, science, and atheism. Just read these 68 quotes collected by Buzzfeed. Rafael Cruz would love nothing more than to forcefully convert atheists all while imposing his anti-gay religious beliefs on gay people while forcing kids to learn creationism in public school.
Clearly, Ted Cruz’s dad fits the exact description of a theocrat. Nevertheless, the United States granted Rafael Cruz asylum anyway.
Bash then grilled Cruz about his stance that only Christian Syrian refugees should be allowed to settle in America, to which he responded that Muslims should be kept in “majority Muslim countries.”
“There is no doubt that millions of people are suffering from the rise of radical Islamic terrorists,” Cruz said. “Christians are suffering, Jews are suffering and other Muslims are suffering… What I’m saying is Syrian Muslim refugees should be resettled in the Middle East, in majority Muslim countries.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Ted Cruz is a bigot who is openly calling for discriminating against Syrian Muslims who are fleeing from their homes in the midst of a bloody and destructive civil war. They are running for their lives, yet Cruz wants them to be corralled in the Middle East like a herd of cattle waiting for the slaughter.
Ted Cruz’s father could have been killed in Cuba had he been rejected by the United States government out of an irrational fear that he would spread Communism. And just as public officials were paranoid of Communism 55 years ago, conservatives like Ted Cruz and his father are paranoid about Muslims today. But that doesn’t mean we should deny them asylum. Just as we trusted Rafael Cruz then, we should trust Syrian refugees and give them the same chance to live better lives in peace.
Cruz, however isn’t the only hypocrite opposing asylum for Syrian refugees. Marco Rubio has long touted his Cuban refugee parents as part of his campaign, yet Rubio would slam the door in the faces of Syrian children and their parents even though his own parents are alive thanks to a compassionate American humanitarian system that helps refugees all around the world reach for freedom in the United States.
It is sad that these two children of refugees would be so heartless in the face of a refugee crisis that could be somewhat alleviated if America were to step up and help. But instead of being true Christians who welcome strangers in need, Cruz and Rubio would rather be selfish assholes who tell them ‘I got mine, screw you.’
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