Ted Cruz Tells Iowans He Spanks His Daughter, and Liberal Hell Breaks Loose

Ted Cruz Tells Iowans He Spanks His Daughter, and Liberal Hell Breaks Loose

Ted Cruz Tells Iowans He Spanks His Daughter, and Liberal Hell Breaks Loose

On Friday on the campaign trail in Iowa, Ted Cruz told a story to his followers about how he and his wife Heidi discipline their younger daughter, Catherine, if she were to tell a lie.

The Senator told the crowd that would spank her. He added that voters should figuratively “spank” Hillary Clinton over her Benghazi lies. The audience laughed.

These are conservative Midwesterners. As a born-and-bred Midwesterner from a conservative home, I will say that being on the receiving end of the occasional swat as a child was not unfamiliar, and our now-grown children would receive the occasional hand-meets-butt contact when their behavior was particularly egregious.

But this is Ted Cruz. And the media and liberals exploded all over themselves.

Outspoken liberal actor Wil Wheaton — whose noted body of work escapes me — tweeted this:

Right. Because name-calling makes such an effective, thoughtful argument.

Matthew Dowd, formerly a Bush strategist and now an ABC commentator, declared that Cruz was “not a real man” and compared him to NFL player Adrian Peterson, who was suspended for abusing his son.

And at the Washington Post, writer Philip Bump penned an article entitled, “Ted Cruz Spanks His Daughter, and Republicans are A-OK With That.” Well, you know it’s those Republicans — the knuckle-dragging yahoos who live in flyover states like Iowa, or Nebraska, or my own adopted state of Kansas. And to make his point he included charts — charts! — to show how the majority of “white” Republicans support spanking, unlike the enlightened white Democrats in New England.

But wait, isn’t this the Washington Post? The same Washington Post who published — and later retracted — this cartoon depicting Ted Cruz’s daughters as trained monkeys?


I see. It’s okay to ridicule a young child in a nationally-read publication. It’s not okay for that same child’s father to discipline that child in the way he sees fit.

Especially if he’s a conservative Republican like Ted Cruz.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Jacmo says:

    I’ll bet she won’t be one of those pansy college students who will need a safe space.

  • Troybeam says:

    Nothing wrong with spanking a child, discipline and structure is what every child needs and wants…..it’s people that abuse the principle behind the reasons to spank and that people is why liberals have screwed up society.

  • Mackykam says:

    What’s Will Wheaton’s problem with gay people? Why has he got shitfuck on the brain?

  • OC says:

    There is a HUGE difference in a spanking administered by the Cruzs and the BEATING that Adrian Peterson visited on his son.


  • GWB says:

    Wil Wheaton — whose noted body of work escapes me

    He was Wesley on ST:TNG. That is, he was the annoying kid who never should have been on a starship, anyway. And he has been a flaming moron for a long time.

    All the folks in Twitter defending hitting a 5 year old

    And this is one of the big problems with progs: they almost always conflate things that are not quite the same. To conflate “hitting” (which has a connotation of hauling off and slapping someone across the face or punching them in the face or body) with “spanking” (which has a connotation and denotation of using the open hand or a tool to lay across someone’s behind as a form of punishment) is a gross violation of logic and language. And progs do this all the time.

    • Kim Quade says:

      I only know him when he was young kid in “Stand By Me.”

      • GWB says:

        He got a lot more annoying as he grew up. And, it seems like the older he got, the more annoying he was.

        (His role on ST:TNG was to be the foil to that big meany-pants Capt Picard, who didn’t like kids – at least on his starship. Though he played this little boy genius, to many ST aficionados he merely proved Picard right. Over and over and over again. He was part of the heavy push to turn ST: TNG into the prog dream.)

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