Over the last few days, anti-Muslim rhetoric has been Republican extremist’s cause du jour. As an extremist himself, Texas junior senator Ted Cruz has “commended” Donald Trump and his Islamophobic garbage, because of course he has. But the visibility of his anti-Muslim remarks doesn’t mean that Cruz has stopped hitting the classic GOP talking points against other minorities, such as the LGBT community — in fact, he’s at it stronger than ever.
In an interview on Catholic TV Network, Eternal Word Television Network (ETWN), Cruz said of the June Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage: “I think the decision was fundamentally illegitimate, it was lawless, it was not based on the Constitution.”
That’s his usual incorrect bashing of the decision — and then Cruz decided to take it a step further. Cruz compared the case of judges resigning if they disagreed with the gay marriage decision to the case of judges resigning under Nazi rule, essentially equating the two.
But don’t take his word for it, Cruz is just citing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent comments at Harvard Law School, where Kennedy brought up the case of judges resigning in Nazi Germany, and remarked that “great respect … ought to be given to people who resign rather than do something they think is morally wrong in order to make a point.” What does this analogy mean, according to Ted Cruz? That Anthony Kennedy compared “the Supreme Court of the United States to the Nazis.”
Now, for most reasonable people, it’s clear that people resigning in the face of legally sanctioned ethnic persecution and genocide (policies that incidentally, are closer to things Cruz himself is espousing, rather than SCOTUS), is quite different from resigning because you don’t think a certain minority should have equal rights. But Ted Cruz, when questioned, responded with peak Cruz smarminess, smirking and replying:
- “[Kennedy] drew the analogy…and the obvious implication was just as you were forced to obey the Nazis, you’re forced to obey us as well … even if we are tyrannical and oppressive. Now, look, certainly he wasn’t embracing all of the horrible things the Nazis did but to make that analogy, that is essentially saying, we wear the jackboot and you must obey us.”
Yep, you got it Ted! Anthony Kennedy gave a speech at Harvard Law School where he admitted to being a Nazi, and nobody was smart enough to notice it but you. And the Supreme Court fulfilling its constitutional duty of reviewing the constitutionality of laws? Also Nazism! Basically, according to Ted Cruz, everything he disagrees with is Nazism. That’s certainly a thoughtful and mature way to handle opposing viewpoints.
Lest you think that Cruz wasn’t hateful enough, in the same interview, he also made sure to make a dig at trans kids, saying that trans girls shouldn’t be allowed into a girls’ locker room because “I don’t want my daughters taking showers with little boys.”
That’s probably why this week, Ted Cruz received the endorsement of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage. They apparently see him as the member of the GOP clown car who will best be able to fight against equal rights for gay people. For Cruz, it’s a badge of pride, but for everyone else, it should be yet another red flag. Ted Cruz is dangerous, and he won’t rest until every minority in this country has as few rights as possible.