American extremists

Ted Cruz praises pro-life advocate famed for believing abortion providers should be executed

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In a press release on November 19th, U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced that he’d received the endorsement of Troy Newman, the president of pro-life group Operation Rescue. Newman is famous for saying that a perfectly biblical society would execute its abortion providers, and his extreme views recently led to Australia canceling his visa and subsequently deporting him when Newman tried to enter the country anyway. Cruz, however, was proud to receive an endorsement from the pro-life extremist. “We need leaders like Troy Newman in this country who will stand up for those who do not have a voice,” said Cruz. Abortion rights are supported by 78 percent of all Americans, but Cruz and the other Republican candidates aren’t acting like it. In what has become an increasingly disturbing display of one-upmanship, John Kasich has touted halving the number of abortion clinics in Ohio, Jeb Bush has called himself the “most pro-life governor in modern times,” and Marco Rubio has declared himself so anti-abortion he doesn’t think there should be exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Republican candidates are eager at this point to court the far-right, but come the general election they may find they’ve already gone too far.

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