PBS Panel: Ted Cruz and His Pastor Father ‘Satanic’

By Eric Scheiner | January 11, 2016 | 10:46am EST

A PBS NewsHour panel used the word “satanic” to describe the speeches of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz and that of his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz.

During the PBS NewsHour on Jan. 8th New York Times Columnist David Brooks said Ted Cruz has “dark and satanic tones” and David Corn of Mother Jones said, “if you go to a speech from his dad, who is a pastor, evangelical, Rafael Cruz, it actually is satanic.”

Below is a transcript from the broadcast:

HOST JUDY WOODRUFF: “You’re hearing a lot of back and forth between Rubio and Cruz, between Rubio and Christie. So, what’s going on over there, or is anybody making any headway among that group?”

BROOKS: “Yeah, Ted Cruz is making headway. There’s — you begin to see little signs of liftoff. Trump has sort of ceilinged out. Carson’s collapsing. And Cruz is somehow beginning to get some momentum from Iowa and elsewhere. And so people are either mimicking him, which Rubio is doing a little by adopting some of the dark and satanic tones that Cruz has, and so…”

WOODRUFF: “What did you - let me just ask, what did you just say? “

BROOKS: “Well, if you go to a Cruz - if you watch a Cruz speech, it’s like, we have got this enemy, we have got that enemy, we’re going to stomp on this person, we’re going to crush that person, we’re going to destroy that person. It is an ugly world in Ted Cruz’s world. And it’s combative. And it’s angry, and it’s apocalyptic.”

CORN: “Well, actually, if you go to a speech from his dad, who is a pastor, evangelical, Rafael Cruz, it actually is satanic. He — I watched a speech in which he said Satan was behind the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage. So, it’s not…”

BROOKS: “Ok. Well, I withdraw the satanic from Ted Cruz.”

CORN: “You’re thinking metaphorical but, sometimes, it’s literal.”

BROOKS: “Mephistophelian, maybe.”

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