The post, titled “Ted Cruz mistakenly claims Jimmy Carter endorsed Donald Trump,” gives the reader the false impression that Ted Cruz said former President Jimmy Carter would vote for Donald Trump.
Speaking to an audience in New Hampshire, Cruz told the crowd that former President Jimmy Carter had ‘endorsed’ Donald Trump in the 2016 race. ‘I am not making that up,’ Cruz assured them. Only, he kind of was.
Actually, he kind of wasn’t.
Ted Cruz was very clear that Jimmy Carter would choose Trump as the Republican candidate, if the choice was between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
Here is what Ted Cruz said in part:
“Jimmy Carter endorsed Donald Trump. I am not making that up. That is real. Jimmy Carter said yesterday – he said that between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz I would support Donald Trump.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 4, 2016
Jeva Lange continued to say that Carter’s words were “hardly a glowing endorsement,” implying again that Cruz misrepresented his words, which is a blatant lie.
“To endorse something is to declare one’s public approval or support of that person or idea, which was not what Carter, a Democrat, had done.”
And that is not what Cruz said Carter did.
But why bother with actual news stories when one can bash Cruz? Anyone who actually clicked on the video provided in the post would see that Lange was misrepresenting Cruz, but that did not stop the fake article to be posted all over Twitter.
Former President Jimmy Carter said in part:
“Trump has proven already that he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for.”
On Senator Ted Cruz, Carter lamented that Ted Cruz has strong convictions in which he would pursue “aggressively.”
In an article published Wednesday at the UK-based Mirror, one of the captions on a photo of Trump standing with Cruz proclaimed:
“…[P]undits say unlike Donald Trump, Ted Cruz believes what he’s saying.”
Jeva Lange did not mention this part.
The bottom line is that Ted Cruz would stand for his beliefs, but the
Socialists Democrats can at least work with Donald Trump. Jimmy Carter has reason to believe that Donald Trump would be “malleable.” Last month, Trump assured a crowd that he would make deals with the establishment.
“You know what? There’s a point at which: Let’s get to be a little establishment…We’ve got to get things done folks, OK? Believe me, don’t worry. We’re going to make such great deals.”
Jimmy Carter was also correct to say:
“On the other hand Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing politics, in my opinion, that would be pursued aggressively if he wins.”
Consider the quote at TedCruz.org, where he explains that he is interested in drastically reducing the size of government (and explains what he will seek to cut with the help of Congress):
“We should shrink the size and power of the federal government by every and any means possible. What does that mean? That means eliminating unnecessary or unconstitutional agencies.” – Ted Cruz
This is evidently not the first time that Jeva Lange misrepresented one of Ted Cruz’s positions. An even more egregious falsehood was from an August article titled “In 2011, Ted Cruz told Republicans not to focus on birthright citizenship. Now he’s ‘absolutely’ against it,” Lange quotes Cruz as saying:
“As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it’s in the U.S. Constitution,’ Cruz stressed. He went on to say that he believes it’s ‘a mistake for conservatives to be focusing on trying to fight what the Constitution says on birthright citizenship.'”
The actual quote, however, did not dismiss birthright citizenship as an important issue as implied by Lange. Rather, Cruz was making the case that birthright citizenship “wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have people coming in illegally.”
Lange missed that part.
Here is the rest of his quote:
“I think we are far better off focusing on securing the border, because birthright citizenship wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have people coming in illegally. The way to prevent that is to secure the border now so that people are not coming in contrary to law.”
A Twitter user pointed out a link from anti-illegal immigration think tank Numbers USA from 2012 which illustrates that Ted Cruz was not a proponent of “birthright citizenship,” as Lange implies.
— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) August 21, 2015
In fact, Ted Cruz is regarded as a “True Reformer” in opposition of illegal immigration:
Here is what Jimmy Carter said, which is REALLY what people should be discussing: