Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo

The day after he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz did an interview with the Texas Tribune in which he claimed that those who believe in man-made climate change are like flat earthers, while brave truth-tellers like him are like Galileo.

A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data” around climate change, newly-declared presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) upped his rhetoric against those who care about the issue.

Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.”

“You know it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,” he said.

Every single claim here is wrong. It was never the “accepted scientific wisdom” that the earth was flat. That was believed in pre-scientific times, but the ancient Greeks knew it to be round and so did educated Europeans in Galileo’s time. It wasn’t “scientific wisdom” that Galileo contradicted, it was the religious beliefs of the dominant church. And in this day, have you ever heard someone make a religious argument for the truth of climate change? Nope. But I’ve heard lots of people, mostly Republican politicians, make religious arguments against it. Cruz is not Galileo, he’s the church.

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  • devlynh

    I believe that this comes under the heading of “The population(‘s) density is increasing… and there are more people too!”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Almost all crackpots compare themselves to Galileo: this really belongs in the Diagnostic Standards Manual.

  • alanb

    John Baez’ Crackpot Index awards 40 points for comparing yourself to Galileo. Congrats Ted!

  • Modusoperandi

    He’s just like Galileo, if Galileo was wrong and refused to look through the telescope and also wasn’t Galileo.

  • John Pieret

    “Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.” – Robert Park

  • busterggi

    I don’t recall the scientific community ever persecuting Gallileo, that was donw by some unknown (in Cruz-world) entity.

  • matty1

    My recollection is that it was actually more complex,the views the church was defending (Ptolemy) were considered good science by most European scholars at the time as well as supported by religion. Galileo was part of a shift from regarding science as a matter of interpreting ancient Greek work to a thing of experiment and research.

  • caseloweraz

    There is one point of parallel. Galileo is long dead and buried. Cruz’s hopes of winning the nomination, IMO, are or soon will be equally defunct.

  • dingojack

    What cruise-control meant – was that he imagined throwing his balls off the Leaning Tower of Pisa*.



    * but as it turned out – he lacked the courage

  • Hoosier X

    It could have been worse.

    He could compared himself to Anne Frank.

    I’m going to give Cruz credit for taking the high road.

  • jonlynnharvey

    Specifically, Galileo found further confirmation of Copernicus’ heliocentric view of the solar system by observing there were moons orbiting Jupiter. It was heliocentrism, not a spherical earth that went against the consensus of the day.

  • Michael Heath

    This is garden variety psychological projection analogous to conservative Christians claiming they are the sole defenders of freedom and the Constitution while using their political power to deny everyone freedom they don’t like.

    So the basest of the base loves Sen. Cruz. Cause if you ain’t projecting the worst faults of conservative Christianity unto others; then you’re no true Christian.

  • ArtK


    So Cruz not only claimed the Galileo Gambit, but he got it wrong in the process. Sweet. I think that’s worth a 1.25 multiplier on the Crackpot Index.

  • Area Man

    He can’t even get his pseudo-history right. It was Columbus who supposedly proved the Earth is round, and Galileo who supposedly proved that Copernicus was right that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Of course, neither is quite true (the first is very wrong), but if your knowledge of science came from the back of a cereal box, that’s the misleading story you should have. Cruz got his cereal boxes mixed up.

    It reminds me of that scene from Boogy Nights, where Dirk Diggler compares himself to Napoleon of the Roman Empire.

  • theguy

    “A few days after accusing ‘global warming alarmists'”

    Who’s really the “alarmist” here, people who know that global warming is real and want to adapt to it, or people who believe it’s a made-up conspiracy to destroy capitalism and American sovereignty?

    But no, Cruz isn’t an alarmist. He’s so not an alarmist that he scares three-year olds with his crazy nonsense.

  • anubisprime

    ‘Eppur si Dickhead’

  • blf

    Galileo found further confirmation of Copernicus’ heliocentric view of the solar system by observing there were moons orbiting Jupiter.

    Indeed. I suggest the best way of teaching this nutter about this discovery of Galileo’s is to send him by rocket to said moons. Which will also remove him from the planet for a number of years, so it’s beneficial to all. Of course, he’ll have to bring along his own water and food and oxygen and spacesuit, etc., we’ll just provide a rocket, fuel, and empty capsule. (An ion engine is perhaps best: Not much fuel required and it will take a long long time to get there…)

  • grumpyoldfart

    Every single claim here is wrong.

    He knows his audience well :)

  • sugarfrosted

    So, when was Ted Cruz threatened to be put to death for heresy and only got reduced to house arrest because of the intercession of a monk whom he had scientific correspondence with. I didn’t know that.

  • sabrekgb

    @2 Pierce R. Butler

    Let’s not leave out those many that choose Einstein instead. Most people with ideas that contradict science are misunderstood geniuses…their value will be seen after their deaths. Like the great painters, i’m sure.

  • democommie

    Michael Heath:

    Nothing, really; I just hadn’t typed that in a while.

    Didn’t Cruz just have to go on teh Obummercare?

  • steves

    Two weeks ago Cruz did not know that Common Core was not legislation Congress can repeal. Now he does not know what Galileo was denying that got Galileo in trouble. His ignorance would make him amusing if right wingers did not lap up his every pronouncement.