Rafael Cruz Lies About Obama

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.


  1. scienceavenger says

    Actually she said Obama was an Arab. Of course, it’s possible we’re referring to separate events. Sad commentary indeed.

  2. smhll says

    I don’t like to compare everything to Nazism at the drop of a hat, but this kind of repetitive lying and fanning the flames of ethnic hatred really does make me fear the rise of Nazism in this country.

  3. troll says

    “McCain couldn’t say that, because it’s not politically correct. It is time to stop being politically correct!”

    He says “politically correct”, but the correct choice of words in those sentences would be “factually correct”.

  4. F [is for failure to emerge] says


    You don’t need to invoke Nazism at all, that’s just how almost everything works: Repetition until unconscious belief is established. Even in cases of ethnic hatred, that’s pretty much every country ever, at some point.

  5. Synfandel says

    So, what if, hypothetically, President Obama were a Muslim? What of it?

    Ted Cruz is a Christian! *gasp* *shock*

    Gerald Ford is a Rotarian! *OMG*

    Donald Trump is a redhead! *dismay*

  6. colnago80 says

    Re F @ #5

    Cruz is a product of the Josef Goebbels school of lying. If one is going to lie, make it a big lie, tell it often, tell it loudly, and eventually people will begin to believe it.

  7. cptdoom says

    According to Wikipedia, the senior Cruz fought for Castro and then claims to have turned on him when Castro revealed himself to be a Communist. Can Raphael prove he’s not a Communist sleeper agent? Just asking.

    @Synfandel – We don’t really know what color Trump’s hair is – the stuff on his head is clearly not of human origin.

  8. boadinum says

    The woman said she couldn’t trust Obama, and asked McCain if Obama was an Arab. McCain replied, “No, Ma’am, he’s a decent family man…”

    So much for courting the Arab vote.


  9. caseloweraz says

    @Synfandel: “Orville Schell is a sexagenarian and a sinologist!” *consternation*

    (Schell is the dean of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and a long-time China scholar. He currently heads the Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City.)

  10. dan4 says

    “(and good for him).”

    No, not really. As scienceavenger@1 said, she said that Obama was an Arab. McCain “corrected” her by saying no he isn’t, he is a “family man.” So, in John McCain’s world, “Arab” and “family man” are mutually exclusive items.

  11. dan4 says

    @9: Yikes, I hadn’t read all the comments when I posted mine, just the first one by scienceavenger.

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