After a string of questions on his opinion on same-sex marriage and gay rights, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) called out the left and the leftist media (particularly MSNBC) for "obsess[ing]" over opinions on sexuality while "ISIS is executing homosexuals."
The comments came during a campaign stop Tuesday in Beaumont, where Cruz met with county officials and other local leaders to discuss his positions on foreign policy, promoting economic growth, and defending the Constitution. When reporters began to ask him about his views on same-sex marriage, Cruz called out the left and the media for what he characterized as a myopic perspective on gay rights (transcript via Texas Tribune):
CRUZ: Is there something about the left—and I am going to put the media in this category—that is obsessed with sex? ISIS is executing homosexuals—you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals—that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.
Cruz specifically worked in a dig at MSNBC, saying, "With respect, I would suggest not drawing your questions from MSNBC. They have very few viewers and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet."
Maintaining that his views on same-sex marriage would not hurt him among moderate voters, Cruz said that "mandatory same-sex marriage" flew in the face of constitutionally protected religious freedom.
Cruz also addressed his potential 2016 opponent's daily escalating credibility crisis, echoing Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer's findings of a "pattern" of dishonesty:
CRUZ: Unfortunately this pattern of deception is what we’ve come to expect from the Clintons. I think what’s most surprising is how unsurprising this is.