Candidates for president will take any invitation they get to appear on TV to peddle their message. That there is a risk involved for conservative politicians is evident from the trials and tribulations of GOP hopeful Ted Cruz, who was a guest last night of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.
The interview started off cordially enough — but then Cruz “went there.” First, he told the truth about Obamacare. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
CRUZ: [I]n my time in the Senate what I’ve tried to do is actually try to do do what I said I would do. I promised the people of Texas, if you elect me, I’ll fight with every breath in my body to stop the disaster that is Obamacare, that is killing jobs all across this country —
KIMMEL: But is that really a disaster? It just doesn’t feel like it is. I’ve not heard one story from a person I’ve heard — the word disaster is a strong word to use.
CRUZ: It is. And I agree, it is probably not a disaster with millionaire Hollywood movie stars and rock stars. So in the circles that — coming here, it hasn’t been a disaster. [Emphasis added]
Granted, no American with half a brain tunes in to the likes of Kimmel’s show with an eye toward learning anything useful about current events, but it’s hard to imagine that Kimmel lives in so impenetrable a bubble that he’s never heard one discouraging word about the Affordable Care Act, which just turned six.
The next topic the guest and host explored was Cruz’s proposed plan to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. As Kristine Marsh of NewsBusters writes:
After explaining how it was his job as Commander-in-Chief to keep America safe and work with law enforcement to prevent radicalization here at home, Kimmel responded with a typical, nonsensical liberal argument, that somehow looking for radicalization will help it grow.
A video of the interview follows. In it, you can see the studio audience’s wild enthusiasm for every mindless liberal ideal Kimmel espoused.