Thursday, February 04, 2016

#TedCruzLies ... But Says He's Sorry

Ted Cruz is lying again.

After last week’s Voter Violation mailer — see post HERE — where he seemed to be shaming Iowans to vote by alleging that their voting records will be shown to their neighbors, this week, right before the caucus, his campaign announced that rival Ben Carson was quitting the race.

But that was a lie; Carson wasn’t quitting; Carson never said he was quitting:
"I think whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture."
Well, it’s acceptable in a Ted Cruz Campaign. And before anyone thinks this might be Carson just crying foul because he doesn’t have a shot at ever being president, ask yourself why Ted Cruz is now, after the caucus, apologizing for the, er, mistake? And why is Ted Cruz blaming CNN for the error, saying his campaign staff saw a CNN report that Carson was dropping out:
"Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story. That's fair game. What the team then should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out."
See what he does? Cruz says his “people” saw it on CNN — though CNN never used the words “dropping out,” but simply reported that Carson planned to go home to Florida after Iowa, rather than heading to New Hampshire or South Carolina — and then he blames Carson and his campaign for not clarifying the CNN story.

Seriously, Ted, er, DetesTed? The CNN story was clear until you grabbed hold of it and mangled it into a lie.

Carson said he accepts Cruz’ apology, but wonders, as do I —  and look at me, agreeing with Ben Carson — if there is a deeper issue within Cruz’ campaign:
"As a Christian I will accept the apology but it doesn't correct the problem. This is a cultural issue when people in your campaign feel that it's ok to distort the issues to their political advantage and to tell absolute lies. And the question really is will there be any consequences for that."
That’s Ted Cruz; he will blatantly lie to win; he’ll lie to the voters and try to shame them into voting for him, and he’ll lie about an opponent quitting so he can scoop up their leftovers.

And even Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, seems to find it acceptable behavior and has refused to get involved. A GOP candidate for the highest office in the land is a proven liar and the boss sits on his hands.

Yup, that’s the GOP.


Michael Dodd said...

"Yup, that's the GOP."

Sad, sad, sad! Of course, the higher-up people in the party don't want to chastise any of the primary campaigns for lying because they fully intend to lie through their pointy little teeth during the presidential campaign when the time comes.

And FOX will repeat the lies endlessly and, if questioned, point to themselves and say, "We are just reporting what the candidate is saying."

Toni said...

Scariest part of all the lying is that this is basically the honeymoon phase of politics. They are on their best behavior. The real big lies start building right after the inauguration!

paul said...

Believe me, I am no fan of Donald Trump. I do give him credit for going after Cruz. It seems that the media and I'm talking CNN and MSNBC(liberal) are not taking this seriously and spinning it as though Trump is a sore looser.

the dogs' mother said...

That mailer was planned, printed, paid for and mailed - lots of places to stop and say 'should we be sending this?'

Dave R said...

Mister Piece Theatre... Now that's one to pull for.

Chris Rutledge said...

The loose journalistic standards at CNN are also to blame for this debacle.

Mitchell is Moving said...

And that's liar Ted Cruz and his team of liars lying about liar Ben Carson who continues to lie about stabbing somebody and being a juvenile delinquent, except that he really didn't and wasn't. You can't make this crap up.

Helen Lashbrook said...

I'd rather take the Strumpet and his braggadocio than Ted Cruz and his lies and his evil endorsers!