5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is Way Scarier Than Donald Trump

 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Iowa City, Iowa.

Like many liberals, I've been watching the Republican primary circus unfold from a nervous distance, waiting to see who will rise to the top (or, really, sink to the bottom) and emerge as my Democratic candidate's opponent. Blowhard Donald Trump, with his xenophobia and sexism, quickly claimed the spot of Most Despicable in my heart, but now, as the Iowa Caucus results roll in, I'm suddenly realizing -- he's not the most frightening Republican option.

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Like Trump, Ted Cruz makes weird, inappropriate comments about women. For example, during a campaign event, Cruz made a very odd "joke" about "beating his wife." Apropos of nothing.

Cruz also once commented that Hillary Clinton deserved a spanking.

However, while we can all agree that Trump outdoes Cruz in the blatantly sexist remark category, when it comes to actual policy beliefs that will affect women, Ted Cruz is one seriously scary guy. Here's why:

1. Cruz is vehemently anti-choice. In fact, Cruz has an idea for how Congress could completely outlaw abortion.

He's so hell-bent on this agenda item that, when taking action to "help" the people of Flint, Michigan (who have been drinking poisonous water for two years), the Cruz campaign donated bottled water only to anti-abortion groups. Sorry, everyone else!

2. Ted Cruz wants to defund Planned Parenthood.

Defunding the organization that Cruz calls an "ongoing criminal enterprise" is a central tenant of the Cruz campaign, as is his vehement anti-choice rhetoric. 

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3. Ted Cruz is opposed to marriage equality.

At an Iowa campaign event in January, an Iowa man named Randy DeLong asked Cruz about how he would use his "faith" to lead, and brought up the issue of gay marriage. 

"It was a sad day when I saw the Capitol building all lit up in the rainbow colors," DeLong said, and Cruz responded that he agreed.

"You’re absolutely right," he said. "Our country is in a time of crisis. We’re losing who we are." Cruz then went on to say his presidency would not endorse the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, calling it "fundamentally illegitimate, lawless, and unconstitutional."

Here's another fun fact: The Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition that Cruz created just announced it will be chaired by the president of the anti-LGBT group the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, who recently said same-sex marriage is responsible for "havoc in our homes and blood in our streets."

4. Ted Cruz has an A+ rating from the NRA.

Probably because Cruz loves to vote against even the most common-sense gun control measures, like a bill designed to stop terrorists from buying guns.

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5. Ted Cruz does not believe in climate change.

"There has been no significant global warming for the past 18 years," Cruz actually said recently, using inaccurate data to back up his preposterous notion.

The bottom line is that Ted Cruz is a deeply conservative "Christian" whose entire platform is defined by his bigoted beliefs. Trump, on the other hand, is an opportunist who, were he to land in office (shudder!), very likely wouldn't cause as much damage as a right-wing man hell-bent on stripping women of our right to choose, denying poor women vital health-care access, and undoing the strides we've made in the fight for LGBT rights and marriage equality -- all while doing absolutely nothing to protect our children from guns and the environmental ravages of climate change.

Now that is truly frightening.

 

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