In this clip, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, while on the campaign trail for former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, takes some poignant shots at religious extremist Sen. Ted Cruz for constructing an offensive political masquerade where he pretends to care for the health and well-being of American women while simply inventing excuses to deprive them of their right to choose, agency over their own bodies, and to cut off their access to affordable reproductive health care.
“A woman voting for Ted Cruz is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders!” shouted Richards at a rally. It’s an apt metaphor, as Sen. Ted Cruz has a long history of not only personal misogyny but legislative as well. Let’s not forget that earlier this campaign season, in referring to Secretary Clinton, Cruz boasts about hitting his daughters and implies that he would like to do the same to Clinton: “In my house, if my daughter, Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something that she knows to be false, she gets a spanking. Well in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking.” He never acknowledged or apologized for flagrantly disrespecting a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State who had accomplished more in one year in Congress than Ted “Shutdown” Cruz ever will.
Given his constant demonizing of beloved healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, voting against the Violence Against Women Act, accepting endorsements from dangerous radicals that condone the murder of abortionists and believe that LGBT Americans are literal demons, his opposition of abortion exemptions for rape and incest, his efforts to ban sex toys in Texas…the list goes on and on. Simply put, Richards is absolutely right. Senator Ted Cruz is a misogynist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, and a religious extremist whose oppressive puritanism would be quite acceptable to the members of the Taliban. There is no logical reason why any woman who values her rights and dignity would waste a vote on this hateful clown.
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Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.