One of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Super PACs, who call themselves the Courageous Conservatives, sent the most homophobic robocall in the history of South Carolina, if not U.S. politics.
Only hours before the polls opened for South Carolina’s GOP primary, the so-called “Courageous Conservatives” sent out this hate filled robocall to 180,000 Republican-leaning voters. Listen:
The call features Donald Trump taking a question from a woman who only identifies herself as a lesbian. She asks if “President Trump” would make sure that the U.S. continues moving forward on helping the LGBT community achieve equality.
Trump is heard responding:
“Well you can. That’s your thing. And other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together.”
Then the creepy disembodied, narrator starts his shtick. Asking the listener:
“What is he agreeing to?”
The narrator then promptly misrepresents Trump’s phrase “moving forward.”
“It’s about mandatory celebration,” the narrator says. “It’s about forcing people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings, forcing clergy to officiate, about transgender bathrooms in your child’s school. It’s about tearing down our Judeo-Christian values.”
The ad concludes:
“It’s about tearing down our America. Ted Cruz for president – now, before it’s too late.”
2016 is the year Republicans have pulled off their “compassionate conservative” masks and decided to give voice to their grass roots, which happens to be xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, and racist, mostly-white voters.
While silly stunts like this are easy to laugh off and dismiss, people should keep in mind that so far Republicans are recording record turnout numbers in all primary states.
Record turnout in a primary doesn’t translate into a general election victory. However, unlike Republicans, Democrats are recording primary voter turnout when compared to the 2008 primary.
One thing that could explain the primary turnout disparity is the fact that Democrats skipped the primary process in 2012 while Republicans have had two competitive presidential primaries since 2008.
It’s possible that Republicans love red-meat-filled primaries and Democrats turn out in greater numbers during the general election. But there is something different about this year: the unfiltered hatred and vitriol directed toward minorities like the LGBT community.
For American voters, 2016 is not the year to take common sense and basic human decency for granted.