During his rally in La Porte, Indiana on Sunday evening, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz responded to a 12-year-old heckler by telling him that he should get a spanking.
As if that weren’t weird enough, Cruz then took the opportunity to explain that Donald Trump would probably be singing a different tune if he had received similar punishment to his behavior.
“All right, apparently there’s a young man who’s having some problems," Cruz said as a young heckler shouted “You suck!”
Cruz laughed and responded, “Thank you, son.”
Attempting to take some bizarre advantage of the situation, Cruz then went on to say, “Children should actually speak with respect. Imagine what a different world it would be if someone told Donald Trump that years ago.”
He then concluded, “You know, in my household, when a child behaves that way, they get a spanking.”
The crowd erupted in cheers.
This isn’t the first time Cruz has spoken of this form of punishment. Back in January, Cruz made a similar statement about Hillary Clinton, saying that voters should “spank” her at the ballot box for the way she handled the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.
"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," he said. "Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking."
Ironically, his sentiments on corporal punishment come shortly after more scientific evidence proved that spanking could lead to a laundry list of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and drug or alcohol addiction.
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