There are two things Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is known for — standing up for the Constitution and not backing down from a confrontation. The GOP presidential contender is never one to mince words or try to slip-slide his way through an argument, even with a reporter.
Those Cruz characteristics were on full display during a campaign visit to Beaumont, Tx., this week when the senator was asked over and over about gay rights and his personal feelings toward homosexuals. Kevin Steele of KBMT-TV kept badgering Cruz, insisting that he answer the question, “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?”
Finally, Cruz turned the tables on the reporter and asked him the question, “Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir?” The unbowed Texas Republican — who has consistently referred to the importance of religious liberty in the gay rights controversy — then proceeded to school the TV personality on the Constitution and how it respects the rights of state legislatures when it comes to same-sex marriage.
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During the on-air segment in which the interview with Cruz was broadcast, it’s indeed interesting to note the presumptive and highly prejudicial on-screen text the TV station used to describe the nature of what the senator said…or didn’t say: “Cruz refuses to deny animosity against gay Americans.” (This might remind one of the classic gotcha, “When did you stop beating your wife?”)
You can watch the extraordinary exchange between Sen. Ted Cruz and the gay-rights-obsessed TV reporter by clicking on the video above.
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