Can Ted Cruz get any creepier?

Yes he can! And he hasn’t hit bottom yet!

The Texas senator made the remarks at a rally in Nevada on Saturday. Activist Lauren Windsor flagged the speech on Twitter.

“We need courage responding to crazy town,” Cruz told supporters. “Elizabeth Warren told reporters that a guy came up to her and said, ‘I would have voted for you if only you had a penis.'”

Cruz argued that Warren’s “story is a lie.”

“In today’s Democrat [sic] Party, how do we know she doesn’t?” Cruz said to laughter. “How could you possibly know? ‘My name is Elizabeth. Call me Bob.'”

Cruz went on to insist that transgender swimmer Lia Thomas is a “dude.”

“He looks like Michael Phelps,” the senator remarked.

Listen to his audience laugh.


  1. Susan Montgomery says

    Transphobia – Sexism and homophobia combined. Two bigotries for the price of one!

  2. says

    As usual with republicans, there is some projection going on.

    Alternate snark: of course Elizabeth Warren has a penis. It’s Ted Cruz’ and she keeps it in a jar on her desk.

  3. silvrhalide says

    Lying Ted Cruz and his braying jackasses.
    Isn’t this kind of like a “dog bites man” news story? As in, not really anything new and not really news either.
    There’s a reason no one likes Fat Wolverine.

    “Yes he can! And he hasn’t hit bottom yet!”
    Yes he has. And he’s clearly been digging for awhile.
    Most people, when they look up and realize that they’re in a deep hole, have the sense to quit digging. Not Ted!

  4. Snarki, child of Loki says

    “We need courage responding to crazy town,” Cruz told supporters.

    Dickless say what?

  5. Tethys says

    Equal opportunity bigotry is the GOP way. It’s very focused on penises and guns. Bonus ableism points for using crazy town and of course attacking a female athlete, and Senator Warren in the course of displaying his ignorant hatred of trans people.

    Why anyone uses male genitals as a symbol of strength is beyond me. External bits are pretty vulnerable to damage compared to ovaries, and a well aimed blow can incapacitate their owner quite effectively.

  6. birgerjohansson says

    (Recalls Monthy Python)
    Moving past “village fool” we now have a very good candidate for “national fool”.

    Ted Cruz should be paid to hang around DC, babbling incoherently and urinating in public, to remind people of the precious gift of not being Ted Cruz.

  7. says

    How do we know Cruz has a penis? I know he doesn’t have an American birth certificate. Call Back. I think Cruz needs to release his long form birth certificate to prove that he’s not only American, but also was born male.

  8. Akira MacKenzie says


    How do we know Cruz has a penis?

    Forgive the faux toxic masculinity, but he doesn’t. His response to Trump insulting his wife proves it.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    I know the Lincoln Project is not managed by what we would consider allies.
    But they do a good job of calling out the nutters on the Republican side.
    But I doubt they can turn back the clock and make the GOP a normal conservative party (as seen by pre-Reagan standards).

  10. Akira MacKenzie says

    “Honestly, if you’re going to have a dick fighting competition with a woman, you must have started off with the world’s cruelest handicap.”

    Hellsing Ultimate Abridged

  11. StonedRanger says

    I dont know if she has a penis or not either. But Im pretty sure that if she did, its gonna be way bigger than teds penis. I think he knows it too and thats why he is so angry about it.

  12. lochaber says

    anyone else remember back when merely repeating a misspelling was enough to end a politician’s career?

  13. chrislawson says


    Jeez, I remember when making an excited yelp at a rally was enough to derail a political career…in the same campaign that gave the White House to a Black-murdering draft-dodging Jesus-nut idiot son.

  14. Ridana says


    Forgive the faux toxic masculinity, but he doesn’t. His response to Trump insulting his wife proves it.

    That only proves he lacks a spine. Which is why his nickname is “blobfish.” (w/ apologies to blobfish)

  15. unclefrogy says

    well it looks more and more that to be a “republican” and run or hold office you have to be an asshole or at least appear to be one (which is an indicator that you are in truth an asshole)

  16. Reginald Selkirk says

    @23: If you are riding in a car, and you look around, and all the other passengers are wearing oversized footwear and red rubber noses, you just might be in the clown car. And if, having realized that, you continue to ride in the clown car, you should not get upset if people start calling you a clown.

  17. StevoR says

    Listen to his audience laugh.

    Yuk! No thanks. Heard enough cruel bullies laughing in my life and then some.

  18. says

    But I doubt they can turn back the clock and make the GOP a normal conservative party (as seen by pre-Reagan standards).

    That’s because everything those “normal conservatives” had to offer has turned out to be either a failure or a scam. Seriously, which of all those “normal conservative” policies have turned out to be in any way successful, or performed as advertized? Supply-side economics? Tax cuts magically causing eternal unlimited growth? Deregulation causing unlimited innovation? Has busting unions made us all richer yet?

    And those “normal conservatives” haven’t done any better on the foreign-policy front either. What good has our support for “anti-Communist” regimes done anyone? Is Central America a peaceful capitalist paradise? Has the “War on Drugs” been won yet? contemptuous & disgusted LOL

  19. says

    The full thing is only available to subscribers I guess, but here’s a sample of a recent QAA episode: “Premium Episode 179: Tranvestigation feat Jane Ost (Sample)”:

    “Elite Gender Inverts” are the shadowy cabal in this conspiracy theory, which posits that every famous person was secretly assigned the opposite gender at birth. No surprises here, Alex Jones and various QAnon promoters are on board with it. But there’s also a whole community of people investigating this stuff every day online, using getty images and child-like diagrams. Jane Ost of the Batting Around podcast guest wrote the episode….

  20. lumipuna says

    “Elizabeth Warren told reporters that a guy came up to her and said, ‘I would have voted for you if only you had a penis.’”

    Since no source is provided, I’ll hazard to guess she never told/was told that. Most likely, Cruz’s speechwriter is making up an anecdote reflecting some progressive discourse complaining about dudebro progressives who shy away from voting for Warren just because she’s a woman.

    Now, of course Cruz’s speechwriter could’ve spun it into “see, even liberal men don’t trust a woman candidate for president”, but perhaps Cruz doesn’t want to be that openly misogynistic. Instead, what is far more hip and fashionable in conservative rhetoric right now is awkwardly turning everything into a joke about women with penises.

  21. birgerjohansson says

    I think Ted Cruz would be a perfect subject for Saturday Night Live.
    Or, even better, South Park and Family Guy.
    Fight vulgar with vulgar.
    -Ted Cruz visiting the Pope when he suddenly gets a case of Tourettes and start babbling obscene stuff in front of the Pope while on camera? Naah, it is too realistic to be fun.

  22. Jim Balter says


    Warren is apparently quoted as saying it in an upcoming book, Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House … Yet. by NBC News correspondent Ali Vitali … however, this is only being mentioned in the right wing press, and AFAIK Warren hasn’t commented on it. If she did say it, it was probably meant as hyperbole, just a humorous way to say that people told her they would vote for her as President if she were a man … which we know for a fact people have said about her and other women. The RWers have seized on this for the usual reason–because they are unscrupulous slime.

  23. Jim Balter says


    “Elizabeth Warren told reporters that a guy came up to her and said, ‘I would have voted for you if only you had a penis.’”

    This claim by Cruz is a misrepresentation. According to Vitali,

    We’d talked about the dynamics of Iowa, her competitors and the pressure she put on herself not “to screw this up.” But here and now she offered her plainest view of the landscape yet: “Everyone comes up to me and says, ‘I would vote for you, if you had a penis.’”

    So not “a guy”, and it’s not something she “told reporters”, just Vitali in a specific context about attitudes towards women running for President.

  24. mcfrank0 says

    Thank you PZ for including the misgendering of Lia Thomas in your transcript. Most people discussing this yesterday focused on the creepy political aspects and missed his deliberately cruel discussion of the swimmer. And, yes, the laugh at the end was the worst.

    It didn’t sit well when a little while later I started watching a Big Think video with Van Jones lecturing the Left on their “hypocrisy” of characterizing Republican supporters as bigoted and uneducated. Hardly the plea to listen to the actual concerns of the rural Right I thought it would be. I turned it off before he could get to “this is how you get Trump”.