Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, bringing up the rear of the viable GOP candidates, continues to be no stranger to providing the winning sound bite.
This time, he took on the American Penal System, only — as Ted tends to do — he politicized it with a big, wet blanket.
Cruz found himself on the air with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt. In a moment of resplendent friendly fire and complete hysteria over fictional proof points, he offers the following thought:
“…The simple and undeniable fact is the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.”
In the world of PR, it’s important to be transparent about insight and sourcing statistics. Chiefly, when it comes to swaying society to a certain side of any equation. Apparently, this doesn’t apply in the world of politics because this seems to be yanked from the nether regions of Cruz’s extremities. (In other words, dude pulled this straight out of his… well, you get it.)
This is not a political issue. It’s hardly a sociopolitical issue. This is a factual issue where PR could have really helped the Texas senator.
Why so sensitive? He was discussing the tragedy in Colorado Springs where the suspect decried “baby parts” while shooting up a Planned Parenthood and killing three people.
Abortion has become a political talking point. People in PR get that much. However, stamping criminals with voter registration isn’t.
“This whole episode has really displayed the ugly underbelly of media,” Cruz said. “Every time you have some sort of violent crime or mass killing you can almost see the media salivating. Hoping, hoping desperately that the murderer happens to be a Republican so they can use it to try to paint their political enemies.”
Or salivating that said murderer is Democrat, whichever comes first. At least before their privileges to vote at all are removed.