Ted Cruz’s misogyny isn’t funny
Last Friday, in a speech to a crowd of voters in Iowa, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should be “spanked.”1
No matter the political or policy disagreements Sen. Cruz may have with Hillary Clinton, there is no place for that kind of offensive, misogynistic, violent rhetoric in our public discourse. If Republican leaders in Washington are serious about casting off their image as a party waging a war on women, then they need to quickly and publicly rebuke Sen. Ted Cruz for his comments.
Tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Censure Sen. Ted Cruz.
After falsely accusing Hillary Clinton of lying, Sen. Cruz then made the following statement: “In my house, if my daughter, Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something that she knows to be false, she gets a spanking.”
It’s bad enough that Cruz is bragging in public about his use of corporal punishment on his daughter.2 But for him — a national political official running for president — to use this type of language toward Hillary Clinton is simply beyond the pale.
Cruz’s comments come in a long line of irresponsible public statements by Republicans meant to demonize women and women’s health care providers in order to restrict women’s rights, take away women’s access to health care, and even minimize the prosecution of violence against women. This extreme anti-woman rhetoric has dangerous, real-world consequences, as we saw with November’s attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell himself has had a checkered past on the issue of violence against women, having been one of 22 male senators voting against renewal of the Violence Against Women Act before its eventual renewal in 2013.3
That’s why it’s time for Republican leaders like McConnell to put real action behind their attempts to repair their party’s image with women and to take a public stand against Sen. Ted Cruz’s inappropriate and dangerous remark.
Tell Senate Majority Leader McConnell: Censure Sen. Ted Cruz.
Thank you for your activism.
- Vaughn Hillyard, "Cruz suggests voters give Clinton ‘spanking’," MSNBC, January 8, 2016.
- Jesse Berney, "The One and Only Thing You Need to Know About Ted Cruz," Medium, January 9, 2016.
- Adam Peck and Annie-Rose Strasser. "BREAKING: Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act, With No Help From 22 Republican Male Senators," Think Progress, February 12, 2013.