I’ll put it out there—I’m rooting for Ted Cruz to win Iowa and New Hampshire and anywhere else he can do damage to Trump before the Joe McCarthy lookalike self-immolates in a bonfire of biofuel, birth certificates, and Goldman Sachs loans.
Cruz, the only GOP candidate to come close to Trump in the polls, is in a bad way. Sarah Palin may have endorsed Trump in gibberish, but popular Iowa Governor Terry Branstad denounced Cruz for opposing ethanol subsidies in plain Iowa greedlish, and constitutional lawyers are raising serious questions about whether the Canadian-born senator is eligible to become president. And now, in a kind of SwiftChurching, accusations are flying that Cruz is a “phony” Christian.
A radio ad by a newly formed outside group called Americans United for Values is going right after Cruz’s supposed firewall, his strength among evangelicals. It starts by suggesting he’s soft on gay marriage. (Apparently, he is.) Via Politico:
“I saw something about Ted Cruz. About how gay marriage wouldn’t be a top priority for him,” a female voice-over says.
“I saw that, too. He said it at a New York fundraiser. He tells them one thing, tells Iowa another,” another female voice-over says.
“I also heard he gives less than 1 percent to charity and church,” one of the female voice-overs says. The commercial also highlights a 2012 report that, between 2006 and 2010, Cruz gave a little more than $44,000—or less than 1 percent of his income—to charity.
“He doesn’t tithe? Isn’t he a millionaire? His wife worked for a big Wall Street bank, right?” another says.
Before the spot concludes, one of the voice-overs calls Cruz “phony.”
Pretty damning. But the truth is that the non-tithing, non-evangelical Trump is even stingier.
Donald likes to brag that he has “a bigger heart than all” his rivals. But, according to a devastating Smoking Gun report, Trump’s eponymous “foundation’s giving amounted to a pitiful .000104 percent of Trump’s net worth.” Next to that, Cruz and his 1 percent look like Mark Zuckerberg.
Trump’s an even bigger phony when it comes to donating to 9/11 heroes, the ones he “used,” as the Huffington Post’s Michael McAuliff tweeted, “as human shields against Ted” when Cruz attacked his “New York values.” A few days ago, Redstate ran a piece, also citing the Smoking Gun, saying: