According to Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, African-American and Latino voters (non-Republican ones, anyway) are “uninformed” and “deceived.”
It was recently discovered that the evangelical pastor gave a speech back in February to conservative activists and took up a previous speaker’s point that Hispanics were uninformed or deceived, the Huffington Post reports.
“The same thing is true of the black population,” he stated.
The elder Cruz found flaws in how the two groups vote, adding, “As a matter of fact, if we could communicate the truth, not only to the Hispanics but to the black population, all blacks should be Republican,” he said.
After all, “highly religious, strongly pro-family, strongly pro-life” values line up Hispanic ideals to those of the GOP.
However, as the Huffington Post notes, Cruz may have overstated these “facts” just a little.
About 59 percent of Latino voters support same-sex marriage, while 66 percent believe in reproductive rights, exit polls from 2012 show. Black voters have followed the same trend, moving increasingly toward a more “liberal” point of view.
Still, as the 74-year-old would put it, “all civil rights” that African Americans have achieved were through Republicans.
“Let’s talk about the black population. All the civil rights that the African Americans have obtained have come from Republicans,” Cruz said. “But you know what? Democrats took the credit.”