Ted Cruz Says Politicians Must Not Be “Pharisees”

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Ted Cruz invited some investigative journalists into his home to ask him real questions about his allegiances and his constant lies on the national stage.

Just joking. He invited the Christian Broadcasting Network to his home to ask him puff questions about religion. Fortunately for us, Cruz couldn't even get through this interview without making himself seem like even more of an extremist.

He had this exchange with CBN's David Brody:

David Brody: You know, you said before about how you're not too much into politicians saying, 'God called me' into a race or anything like this, but you clearly have to see God's hand in all of this for your life.

Sen. Ted Cruz: No doubt, but I think that, ultimately, I'd rather that be demonstrated by its fruit than necessarily me proclaiming that to others. I think anyone in politics you've got a special obligation to avoid being a Pharisee, to avoid ostentatiously wrapping yourself in your faith because I think in politics, it's too easy for that to become a crutch, for that to be politically useful.

Who or what are Pharisees, you might ask? Merriam-Webster defines it as “A member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity” or “A self-righteous person; a hypocrite”.

While I trust that Cruz was employing the latter definition, the irony seeps right through the pious drivel that soaks the whole interview. Ted Cruz is a man who talks about honesty while blatantly lying in almost all of his statements. He is a smarmy slime-ball. If the first big takedown of Battleground Texas is Ted Cruz in 2018 (let's work to make sure it's sooner), that'd be a great service to our state and country.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental political challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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