Rafael Cruz, Ted’s even more extremist father, is clearly loving his sudden boost in status due to his son’s success and is giving talks all over the place. In front of a county Republican party in Colorado he said, “Barack Obama said: If the winds shift, I will side with the Muslims.” No, he didn’t. That’s a lie. Here’s the actual quote:
In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
Now we know where his son learned to be so dishonest. And when an audience member yelled out “He’s a Muslim,” Cruz seemed to agree, saying:
“McCain couldn’t say that, because it’s not politically correct. It is time to stop being politically correct!”
You may recall that during the 2008 campaign in a town hall meeting, a woman stood up and said that Obama was a Muslim and McCain shut her down and told her she was wrong (and good for him). I don’t care whether Cruz is “politically correct” or not, but he seems to have a real problem just being correct.