Republicans and Planned Parenthood have a troubled relationship. If a comparison were to be made, one could argue that the Republicans represent the evil Empire, and Planned Parenthood are the plucky rebellion. We’re just one metaphorical planet destruction away from all out war.
Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood fired a shot at the bow of the Republicans, specifically targeting nobody’s favorite person, Ted Cruz. At a rally for Hillary Clinton, Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, amused the crowd with a zippy one-liner about Super Ted:
‘A woman voting for Ted Cruz is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.’
You can see her in action below:
The comment drew cheers and applause from the crowd of Clinton supporters, clearly delighted that Planned Parenthood was standing up to what has been a pretty consistent barrage of abuse from the GOP. Ted Cruz has specifically targeted the group as part of his ultra-conservative campaign, going so far as to say:
‘I’ve pledged, if I’m elected president, on the very first day in office, I intend to instruct the U.S. Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal conduct by that organization..It appears Planned Parenthood is a national criminal enterprise committing multiple felonies.’
Cruz’s comments came during a February Town Hall with Megyn Kelly, where the deeply devout Christian spewed bile and hatred on an Old Testament level, threatening to pardon David Daleiden, the man who forged government documents and conducted illegal undercover recordings of Planned Parenthood meetings to finally uncover nothing illegal at all:
‘I was deeply dismayed and disappointed to see the Harris County district attorney bringing criminal charges against someone who went undercover to expose what appears to be criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood…I think he performed an incredible public service.’
The remarks show Cruz is incapable of making an impartial, secular decision. Instead, Cruz seems to let his very conservative interpretation of his faith dictate how he will run the country, which doesn’t bode well for those who believe in equal rights.
Clinton followed a similar theme to Richards when she took the stage during the rally, discussing women’s rights, LGBT equality, and closing the gender wage gap. She also took on the Republican obsession with abortion:
‘We must not let governments and politicians make those decisions, and as long as I’m around, we never will.’
A bold claim, but a whole heartedly more sensible one than the claims that drip from Cruz’s mouth like puss from a wound.
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