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Ted Cruz takes up the bizarre claim that the Planned Parenthood shooter is “a transgendered leftist activist.”

Nothing to see here, move along
Nothing to see here, move along

The right-wing distraction machine has shifted into high gear. Now Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz is seizing on the bizarre notion, advanced by fringy right-wing ideologues, that the alleged Planned Parenthood shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, is a trans woman.

And he’s doing so as a way to distract from the increasing evidence that Dear’s terrorist assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic might just possibly have something to do with abortion.

Here’s what Cruz said earlier today, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

“The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point there’s very little evidence to indicate that,” Cruz said.

When a reporter reminded Cruz it has been reported Dear made a comment about “baby parts” while being apprehended, Cruz retorted, “It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist, if that’s what he is. I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”

That’s right. Cruz wants us to think that it’s as silly to conclude that Dear is anti-abortion as it is to conclude that he’s a “transgendered leftist activist.”

Cruz is also fighting against the notion that an armed assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead should be called terrorism.

Asked if we could call the shooting an act of domestic terrorism — as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has — Cruz again urged caution about drawing conclusions from the shooting at this point. 

“I would call it a murder, and we’ll see what the facts are,” Cruz replied. “It was a multiple murder of what appears to be a deranged individual. And it was horrific, it was evil, and we’ll find out more out about the facts, but I don’t think we should jump to conclusions.”

Nothing to see here!

H/T – Thanks to AnAndrejaPejicBlog, the first person to let me know about this

 

 

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Josh
Josh
5 years ago

So as always, Cruz can do nothing but regurgitate asinine opinions spewed out by hateful right wingers.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
5 years ago

Admittedly, if you parse Cruz’s grammar, he’s claiming that Dear murdered “a deranged individual.” Since he likely believes that to be a good description of pro-choice people, he wins either way.

hippodameia8527
hippodameia8527
5 years ago

I really do wish republicans would stop seeing hitting the bottom of the barrel as a reason to accelerate.

Judas Peckerwood
Judas Peckerwood
5 years ago

Cruz is the most dangerous Republican running for president, and is best positioned to pick up the supporters of Trump and Carson when they inevitably flame out. At the point, I’d bet on him to win the nomination.

ColeYote
ColeYote
5 years ago

I really fucking hate Republicans…

Orion
5 years ago

I’d say Rubio’s chances are still about as good as Cruz’ (currently, I’m putting Cruz, Rubio, and The Donald all at 33% chance), but calling Cruz “unpopular” doesn’t make much sense. His campaign is actually in pretty good shape.

Fruitloopsie
5 years ago

Oh now we call it terrorism! Any other person who is not a White, straight, cis man then it’s terrorism but if not then it’s “nothing to see here move along”.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

How is that I’m watching Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and it’s not the most bizarre, surreal thing I’ve seen today?

How does registering as an independent and having an error on the gender box in one of your forms make one a leftist transgender activist. What?

zyrusticae
zyrusticae
5 years ago

Asked if we could call the shooting an act of domestic terrorism — as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has — Cruz again urged caution about drawing conclusions from the shooting at this point.

Funny how that doesn’t work when it comes to the Muslim parts of our nation, hmmm? It’s perfectly okay to draw conclusions about Muslims, after all – even when they have committed no crimes and have given no cause to believe they will commit crimes in the future.

Not that I wish to bemoan what would otherwise be a perfectly reasonable act, were it not for the obvious double standards on display. Yes, we SHOULD be waiting for all the facts before drawing any conclusions. Too bad we selectively apply that reasoning in many cases. Do what I say, and not what I do, eh?

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

I’d like to give the Huckabeast props for the very first time for calling this terrorism, but …

What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this.

He also made it all about the precious reputation of the forced birth movement.

I giveth the snaps and I taketh them away.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
5 years ago

Yes, we SHOULD be waiting for all the facts before drawing any conclusions.

That certainly sounds reasonable. However, we’ll never get all the facts, because that kind of perfect knowledge is impossible. I think everyone knows that; the only question is when to cut off the waiting process and say, “Okay, enough facts are known, time to draw some conclusions.”

That cutoff point seems to differ for many folks depending on the political implications of the probable conclusion. So whenever there is a shooting, gun-rights organizations and any group with some possible connection to the shooter start to counsel that we wait until all the facts are in. Since we will never actually have all the facts, this can be used to delay conclusion-drawing indefinitely, and since it sounds reasonable to counsel waiting for all the facts, if you point out what they’re doing it becomes you who seems unreasonable for not wanting to wait for all the facts to come in.

If the political implications of the immediately apparent conclusion are politically favorable, then the person in question is likely to mark the cutoff point now and draw conclusions right away. There is no benefit to waiting for more facts, and since the cutoff point where we decide that we have sufficient facts now is fairly arbitrary, there’s nothing intrinsically contradictory to wanting to dispense with further fact-finding straight off.

Anisky
5 years ago

@Rabid Rabbit:

Admittedly, if you parse Cruz’s grammar, he’s claiming that Dear murdered “a deranged individual.” Since he likely believes that to be a good description of pro-choice people, he wins either way.

Even better, if you parse his grammar, he’s actually claiming that dear murdered “a deranged individual” multiple times, somehow. Maybe he brought the “deranged individual” back from the dead and killed them again?

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS PROOF that Dear is a NECROMANCER! *gasp*

You heard it here first!!

Mathieu Tremblay
5 years ago

Muslim shooter: whole religion guilty
Black shooter: whole race guilty
White shooter: mentally troubled lone wolf
Gotta love that double standard.

kale
kale
5 years ago

wish we could forbid saying “it has been reported” when those “reports” are total bullshit on hate sites.
Lold at saying “hes a transgendered, but Im not blaming the left!”
riiight….
a murderer killed people at a planned parenthood and people think its related to right-wing propaganda?! Perposterous!
kinda like how Eliott Roger’s motive was so mysterious
and how when men kill their spouse and then themselves people wonder what drove that poor man to suicide (yes I have a specific example of this in mind, it was an ethics column in I think the NYT).

Kat
Kat
5 years ago

Oops, I also posted this on the other thread about this shooter.

“Planned Parenthood singles out Republicans for ‘hateful rhetoric’ that incited Colorado attack”

In a press release, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said: “It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create. Even when the gunman was still inside of our health center, politicians who have long opposed safe and legal abortion were on television pushing their campaign to defund Planned Parenthood and invoking the discredited video smear campaign that reportedly fed this shooter’s rage.”

Lageuns called out candidates Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz specifically, although the organization’s message seemed to apply to the wider GOP rallying cry of attempting to close Planned Parenthood as an organization.

http://www.dailykos.com/

kale
kale
5 years ago

And again, if he is registered as a woman but appears as a man, if you are going to assume he is trans, why call him a trans woman rather than a trans man? Ill take misogyny for $500 Alex.

Kat
Kat
5 years ago

Carly Fiorina on the faked video that likely helped to incite the shooter to violence:

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace spoke with GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina. He asked her this morning whether her language could have incited violence against the organization. Fiorina, who Wallace called “one of the toughest critics… of Planned Parenthood’s alleged harvesting of body parts,” Fiorina brushed off the idea and reiterated claims that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.

CARLY FIORINA: “First, it is not alleged. Planned Parenthood acknowledged several weeks ago they would no longer take compensation for body parts, which sounds like an admission they were doing so. Secondly this is so typical of the left to immediately demonize the messenger, because they don’t agree with the message. The vast majority of Americans agree, what planned parenthood is doing is wrong. And that’s why the vast majority of Americans are prepared not only to defund Planned Parenthood but to stop abortion for ANY reason after five months.”

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/11/fiorina-doubles-down-fetal-parts-lie

Vucodlak
Vucodlak
5 years ago

Just wanted to say the Chief Clancy Wiggum is both a vastly superior public servant and a much better human being than Ted Cruz.

storyending
5 years ago

Crimes against women are hate crimes and part of the body of behaviours targeting women and women’s groups that comprise terrorism. I don’t care if the man in question is black/white/brown, left or right, religious or atheist, or wearing a friggin’ dress. This stuff needs to be taken seriously. Quibbling over racism, religion, politics, or what have you, is missing the most important thing here and serves as a derail. A feminist perspective is usually quite clarifying here.

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

Gawker summed Cruz up nicely: “a gnarly gourd slowly depressing a fully inflated whoopee cushion”,

weirwood: His proper title is “Child Molester Apologist Mike Huckabee.” Just so you know.

dhag85
5 years ago

Wiggum: Where on my badge does it say anything about protecting people?
Lou: Uh, second word Chief.

Anisky
5 years ago

Crimes against women are hate crimes and part of the body of behaviours targeting women and women’s groups that comprise terrorism. I don’t care if the man in question is black/white/brown, left or right, religious or atheist, or wearing a friggin’ dress. This stuff needs to be taken seriously. Quibbling over racism, religion, politics, or what have you, is missing the most important thing here and serves as a derail. A feminist perspective is usually quite clarifying here.

Mostly agree; in many cases would completely agree. The problem is that in this case, religion and especially politics may have been a significant contributing factor to this terrorist assault. We have no idea if this shooting would still have happened if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been targeted so often and heavily in the past few months, and if that doctored “selling baby parts” video hadn’t been released. But consider that the man was talking about “baby parts” when he was arrested, it certainly sounds like he was influenced by those things.

So yes, it’s a hate crime and a terrorist act. I just don’t think that discussing the religious and political rhetoric that we have reason to believe contributed to it is missing the point or is any way a derail. The most relevant thing we can do after something like this is to figure out *why* it happened and take steps to prevent similar things from happening in the future. Examining how much the perpetrator was influenced by religiopolitical climate and propaganda seems to me an important step in that process.

Anisky
5 years ago

*consider=considering

Probably at least one other typo too. 😛

Nequam:

His proper title is “Child Molester Apologist Mike Huckabee.” Just so you know.

Ack! When did that happen??!

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

Anisky: search for “mike huckabee duggars”.

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

Also, Carly Fiorina is making my brain go to bad bad places, so a necessary palliative:

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
5 years ago

Anisky — Duggar cover up, I think.

“to stop abortion for ANY reason after five months”

I know it’s about the least relevant point I could make, but do this people not grasp that abortions that far along are almost always of wanted children? That these women aren’t deciding pregnancy was a mistake, but are mourning a child they where picking names for? Of all the fucked up ways to try to ban abortion, targeting mothers being forced to abort for their own health/life, or because the child they want is never going to survive… it’s a new fucking low. I can’t imagine being in the position to need an abortion at that point, to tell someone in that position that the doctor is wrong, it’s murder even if, say, the baby has no brain… I’m gonna stop, before I violate comment policy on violence, let’s just say she should have to tell these women, each and every one of them, that, when they’re in a location miles away and the only way to get there is over a path of legos

In cheerier things relating to that period of pregnancy — my ex-FWB’s niece decided to be three months early. That was August, she finally went home a couple weeks ago. Still just breaking 4 lbs, but she’s doing wonderfully. (No recent pics, sorry)

Paradoxical Intention
5 years ago

“I would call it a murder, and we’ll see what the facts are,” Cruz replied. “It was a multiple murder of what appears to be a deranged individual. And it was horrific, it was evil, and we’ll find out more out about the facts, but I don’t think we should jump to conclusions.”

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uJMDG7nC3ck/UbVv0873OlI/AAAAAAAAOP0/Br9Es9FMsq4/s1600/ikea-garden-gnome.jpg

Terra
Terra
5 years ago

I may not be american enough, but how does the shooters gender or politics factor into the facts? there was yet another tragedy and once again a Nation in mourning. Eventually the gun issue needs to be addressed – “deranged leftist” or “domestic terrorist”

katz
katz
5 years ago

Am I allowed to be so cynical as to hope this whole thing makes Republicans take a popularity hit?

mrex
mrex
5 years ago

@Argenti

“I know it’s about the least relevant point I could make, but do this people not grasp that abortions that far along are almost always of wanted children?”

They don’t care. She wants to stop abortions that far along for ANY reason, even if the result is the death of both the mother AND the child. It’s Savita Halappanavar all over again.

These people claim to care about life, but in reality they are nothing but toxic to humanity. Authoritarian assholes like her disguise their quest for domination under pretty, empty slogans.

zoon echon logon
zoon echon logon
5 years ago

To Cruz et al., it doesn’t matter that this is a lie. Once it’s out there, enough of The Base will believe it because it confirms their worldview and they won’t hear their Trusted Media Sources make any noise when it’s disproved; for some people (the ones you can fool all of the time, I guess) it will forever provide a convenient explanation of an otherwise unpalatable fact. Just another brick. If you want to keep a populace living in an alternate reality that best suits your interests without messy facts intervening, this is how you do it. And, from everything I’ve heard about Cruz, he knows exactly what he’s doing and is doing it cynically and deliberately.

erica, ascendant
5 years ago

@mrex:

“Authoritarian assholes like her disguise their quest for domination under pretty, empty slogans.”

…and the thing is that it’s pretty and palatable to the mushy middle for now, when she hides the same endgame as every other GOP candidate in the GOP Clown Car: to stop abortion for *any* reason.

I’m betting no matter who the nominee on the right, this “after five months” will be the eventual slug quote they use in the general. Fiorina has a bright future as a party operative in the GOP, and this campaign seems to be testing the waters of a lot of what seems to the average voter to be different thinking from the rest of the field. My grandmother, the bluest of blue liberals, has occasionally found herself (momentarily!!!) buying some of the sloganeering Fiorina is coming up with, an unlike the others who seem to be repeating other peoples’ material, Fiorina seems to be doing her own lines, which makes her see much more real than the rest of the Clown Car.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
5 years ago

mrex — yeah, I know, but it’s fucking infuriating. You want to claim you’re against abortion cuz it’s murder? Be consistent at least and don’t decide that removing a dead body from inside a living one is unacceptable when, and only when, it’s one that got there via pregnancy. Actually, no, that’s not even right, cuz the handful of other ways you can have such a thing occur are also pregnancy related, so it really is just when the living person is a woman who dared to have sex… resulting in a child… she intended to give birth to… but can’t. They want to be so damned pro-“life”? Go figure out a way for parasitic twins to survive, or, idfk, prevent the conditions that caused the pregnancy to go ass over teakettle?

Or pretty much make any argument at all that acknowledges that sometimes, actually, abortion is the only way to save at least one life. But right, she doesn’t count, my bad.

…I need cats in boxes again now

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
5 years ago

Big cats, big boxes

http://youtu.be/J11uu8L8FTY

Kat
Kat
5 years ago

Yeah, get your story out there first. That way, chances are better that’s what people will remember. And the base will always believe you because it feels right to them.

As for Carly Fiorina’s no-abortions-after-five-months policy, it reminds me of a certain housemate I once had who was both elderly and abusive. (She owned the house.) She kicked me out for grins and giggles. For her it was fun; for me it was less fun trying to find a new home in a tight, expensive housing market. At any rate, when moving day came and I moved my stuff from my bedroom to the moving van, she shouted at me, “One trip! One trip!” Meaning that I was allowed to make one trip from the bedroom to the van with my stuff. Of course, the move required about thirty trips. I have only two arms. She kept screeching her mantra while I moved: “One trip! One trip!” I could see the thought balloon above her head: “My rule will sound reasonable when I speak of it to others. What could be bad about such an efficient rule?” This rule, if not examined closely, might sound completely reasonable.

The only problem with either woman’s policy is reality.

zoon echon logon
zoon echon logon
5 years ago

Some brain bleach: https://archive.org/details/EsquissesdeYcor00Bine
Full, high quality, scan of Esquisses décoratives by René Binet. An art deco sketch book from around 1900, exploring the use of ornamentation forms inspired by the symmetries found in biology. (See also, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kunstformen_der_Natur )

It is soothing.

katz
katz
5 years ago

Fiorina is a great example of failing up.

lhazelgold
5 years ago

Seven hells! How much energy can one person dedicate to refusing to see the reality of the world around him, that he’s willing to flat out make up lies that implicate his political rivals? There’s decades of precedence for radical right anti-abortion shooters at OB clinics. Decades.

BRB, googling emergency bunnies.

Anisky
5 years ago

They want to be so damned pro-“life”? Go figure out a way for parasitic twins to survive

Scientific research generally requires logical thought and ability to accept the results of experiments rather than clinging to one’s original assumptions. So you see the problem.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

@katz:

The Republicans have already taken all the popularity hits they’re going to, I suspect. Any rats who have not left that particular sinking ship are not going to be persuaded to change their minds by simply things like reality.

On the other hand, as the Republican party slowly dies, we may hopefully see the pro-forced-birth position become political suicide among more moderate people. Which would be a good result.

bluecatbabe
bluecatbabe
5 years ago

“Muslim shooter: whole religion guilty
Black shooter: whole race guilty
White shooter: mentally troubled lone wolf
Gotta love that double standard.”

Yep. And (probably) male perpetrator of domestic violence against women and (apparently) forced birth enthusiast: must have been a woman.

(Though it is kiiiind of a stretch for the right to admit a transwoman as a woman, but hey who wants to logic when you can other?)

spacelawn
5 years ago

And here i was thinking ignorance and denial had already peaked….

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

@spacelawn:
Ignorance and denial will, I fear, never peak. If someone can find a way to use them for fuel, we’ll rocket up the Kardashev scale within weeks.

dhag85
5 years ago

Sorry for the OT, but I have to share this video The Guardian made about our racist political party, the Sweden Democrates, and their (former) youth group:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/nov/23/meet-the-young-supporters-of-swedens-far-right-video

Mindboggling stuff, and close to home for me (literally). The guy outside the Central Station, playing the musical instrument (xylophone?), is someone I give money to every week. The café they go to is where I have coffee several times/week. The residential area where the racists feel “unsafe” is literally less than 10 minutes from where I live. It’s amazing how they can be so convinced they’re in mortal danger by just visiting this place, while I’ve lived here for years and haven’t felt unsafe a single time (except for in the laundry room when it’s really dark and there might be monsters hiding behind the dryer).

It really is impossible for me to understand how they think.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

@dhag85:
Maybe they’re afraid of you?

Sunny
Sunny
5 years ago

On the bright side, being falsely labeled and remembered as a liberal transwoman is probably a fate worse than death for Dear.

Some sort of username
Some sort of username
5 years ago

@Kale

And again, if he is registered as a woman but appears as a man, if you are going to assume he is trans, why call him a trans woman rather than a trans man? Ill take misogyny for $500 Alex.

Please don’t do this. It’s hard enough for trans people to be accepted without having to deal with the “You don’t LOOK like [Gender] though!”. I’ll admit in this case it’s pretty obvious Dear isn’t trans but not looking the part isn’t the reason for this.

dhag85
5 years ago

@EJ

MIND = BLOWN

Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

“I may not be american enough, but how does the shooters gender or politics factor into the facts?”

Terra – how are they not relevant when someone makes an attack on a service providing abortion? I am not American but to me it IS absolutely relevant – right wingers everywhere often attack services that directly benefit women, if they believe the services to be ‘anti family’ or in some way immoral.

And I don’t think that this is relevant to the gun control debate either – the problem wasn’t that he had a gun, the problem was that he was prepared to use lethal force, the gun simply being a tool.

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