Ted Cruz Lies About Obama, Wants Him to Be a Dictator

Islamophobe Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy held the Defeat Jihad Summit on Wednesday and one of the speakers was Sen. Ted Cruz. He took the opportunity to flat out lie about what President Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast. And to wish he was more like a Muslim dictator.

Cruz compared the president’s timidity in the face of terrorism and his refusal to condemn murderous Muslim extremists with the “courageous” bravery of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in risking his own life to call out “the radical Islamic terrorists that are perverting his faith.”

Wait, for seven years the right wing has been accusing Obama of being a Muslim dictator and now Cruz wishes he would be more like al-Sisi, the military general who led a coup to overthrow the elected leader of Egypt and is thus a dictator? Fascinating. As for that alleged refusal to condemn murderous Muslim extremists, note this passage from Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast:

But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon. From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism — terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.

That is exactly what Cruz says Obama won’t say. And Obama has said much the same thing literally hundreds of times since being in office. Cruz, like the other professional liars on the right, simply invent whatever reality they wish existed and repeat it over and over again and their followers lap it up like a kitten to milk.

Cruz also said few people seemed to have noticed a “stunning” assault on free speech by Obama that “got very little press attention.”

The Texan began that portion of his remarks by noting something Obama said at last Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast that was “every bit as troubling as analogizing to the Crusades” and invoking the moral relativism of comparing Christianity’s ancient misdeeds with modern radical Islamic atrocities.

Cruz noted how the president said, “[W]hen someone exercises their free speech to criticize the faith of another, we should all condemn it.”

“Now, I found that a rather stunning assault on free speech from the president. It got very little press attention. Because, lest it be lost on anybody, what the president was saying is that Charlie (Hebdo) was wrong to put a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad on their magazine.

Another obvious lie. That quoted section appears nowhere in Obama’s speech. Here’s what he did say:

There’s wisdom in our founders writing in those documents that help found this nation the notion of freedom of religion, because they understood the need for humility. They also understood the need to uphold freedom of speech, that there was a connection between freedom of speech and freedom of religion. For to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both.

But part of humility is also recognizing in modern, complicated, diverse societies, the functioning of these rights, the concern for the protection of these rights calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults — (applause) — and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech. Because we know that our nations are stronger when people of all faiths feel that they are welcome, that they, too, are full and equal members of our countries.

He didn’t say “criticize,” he said “insult.” And he explicitly endorsed the right of people to insult religion, only saying that others should exercise their equal right to criticize those who do so. Now, I think Obama is mostly wrong about that, but he didn’t say anything remotely like what Cruz claimed he said. And Cruz, being a Harvard Law grad, knows damn well the difference between criticizing someone and censoring them. Obama understands the difference and spelled it out clearly in his statement. There is no “stunning assault on free speech” here or anything anywhere near it, and Cruz knows it.

Again, he’s simply lying. He doesn’t care what the truth is, he only cares what kind of fear he can sell to his credulous followers.

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  • tfkreference

    Time to replace “GOP” with “tl;dr.”

  • Larry

    If real-world Obama were as bad as strawman Obama is in the twisted, sick minds of idiots like Cruz, he would be history’s greatest monster. Fortunately, for those of us living in the real world, he isn’t.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Cruz is right. Obama, advocator for the suppression of Free Speech, should be like al-Sisi, suppressor of Free Speech. Then the Right would feel better because they wouldn’t have to lie so much. Plus, the Left would finally see who Obama is, if he was what the Right says he is, which he isn’t.

  • colnago80

    Re Larry @ #2

    Unfortunately, Cruz is far from an idiot which is what makes him so dangerous. This is a perfect example of Goebbels’ aphorism, “if one is going to tell a lie, make it a big lie, say it loudly, say it ofter and eventually people will begin to believe it”.

    Cruz is a sociopathic demagogue, much like Huey Long and Hister.

  • Michael Heath

    Christian right demagogues are generally in good standing with their respective churches. The hate and dishonesty they employ in the public square is representative of conservative Christianity in the U.S. – both politically and religiously.

  • Trebuchet

    Wait, for seven years the right wing has been accusing Obama of being a Muslim dictator and now Cruz wishes he would be more like al-Sisi, the military general who led a coup to overthrow the elected leader of Egypt and is thus a dictator?

    You’re forgetting–more than one of Cruz’s fellow RWNJ’s has wished for the US military to overthrow Obama. Because they love the Holy Constitution so much.

  • iangould

    But Sisi is freeing Egypt from islamist tyranny.

    His henchman only rape, torture and murder people because of their unquenchable love for freedom.

    I was assured of this by multiple commenters here when he first seized power

  • peterh

    I hope some blogger with enough free time & a really large portable hard drive is saving clips of these nuggets (here in the north Maine woods we call them pellets – and not the stove type) of idiocy for widespread dissemination every time these wackaloons make an appeal for the public vote or the public purse strings.

  • StevoR

    @7. iangould : I wouldn’t say that Al-Sisi has an “unquenchable love of freedom” at all but nor do the Muslim Brotherhood and when the military took over in Egypt the Egyptian people (mainly) welcomed that takeover and had already been mass protesting against anti-democratic measures Morsi had been taking. It wasn’t and isn’t a simple black Vs white case with both sides being extremely bad and sadly, no real democratic party with any power there . From what I gather anyhow.

    Would anyone here actually prefer the Muslim Brotherhood still in charge?

  • dingojack

    Ian — “His henchman only rape, torture and murder people because of their unquenchable love for freedom.

    I was assured of this by multiple commenters here when he first seized power“.

    So I’m sure you can easily find plenty examples of posters using exactly this argument when I request multiple citations, yes?


  • scienceavenger

    For years Lawrence O’Donnell has been referring to “Comedian Rush Limbaugh”. I think the same needs to be done with “Lying Performance Artist Ted Cruz”.