Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has a notorious way of sticking his foot in his mouth, but Republican candidate Ted Cruz might slowly be beating him to the punch with his recent slew of egregiously offensive statements.
Cruz insensitively told a nervous woman at a campaign event last week that he would deport her, and two days later subsequently followed up this black-and-white assertion with how he thinks Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton should be treated.
During a campaign rally in Iowa on Friday, Cruz responded to a question from an audience member about how he would hold U.S. members accountable for the 2012 Benghazi attack by saying “voters can give Clinton a spanking.”
“You know I’ll tell you, in my house, if my daughter Catherine, the five-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking,” Cruz said during a campaign rally in Iowa on Friday. “Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking.”
Trump has been known as the racist, sexist candidate of the Republican clown-car of presidential hopefuls, yet Cruz’s recent remarks is swiftly shifting the title to the Canadian-born candidate.
The comment is not only woefully unprofessional and a public relations nightmare, but points to a larger problem brewing in this election.
As more women gain power in the political realm, their male counterparts feel a greater pull towards scrutinizing their bodies as opposed to their policy ideas.
Trump suggested Fox News host Megyn Kelly was on her period when she grilled him during a Republican presidential debate. The real estate mogul also questioned Clinton’s hair and suggested Fiorina wasn’t pretty enough for American voters. Now Cruz is outright implying the democratic process has the power to sexualize, abuse and degrade a grown woman. To these men it seems the more political power women acquire, the more their bodies can be used as political pawns.
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