Lies are regularly being attributed to Ted Cruz for the flimsiest of reasons, without evidence. Some ill-informed people shockingly accept these accusations as fact, nodding and cheering along the most baseless of charges with enthusiasm.
The most recent example of this can be found at the Wall Street Journal. Using an all-too-common tactic of subtle language manipulation, an outrageous charge becomes a news story in a once-respectable publication. The title alone, “Rubio Camp Accuses Cruz Backers of Dirty Facebook Tricks,” is an indicator that evidence of anti-Cruz allegations will be sorely lacking.
The latest fake accusation is so mind-numbingly stupid that this author is at a loss how few are calling out the Wall Street Journal. In a nutshell, someone claiming to be Trey Gowdy on a Facebook page said he switched his allegiance from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz. It was not Trey Gowdy.
Here is the post:
Any thinking person would have thought twice over believing this post. It does not have the “verified” check mark and it is short, vague and unlikely. The post misspelled the word intellect as “intillect.” Trey Gowdy has shown himself as loyal to the GOP establishment with his support of John Boehner.
Anyone who is remotely politically inclined and/or has two brain cells to rub together would likely write off the fake endorsement. But that did not stop Trey Gowdy from releasing a statement or Marco Rubio’s campaign from accusing Ted Cruz’s campaign of an “underhanded tactic,” without any evidence that Ted Cruz’s staff had anything at all to do with the it.
In a statement released by the Rubio campaign, Mr. Gowdy disavowed the post, accused Mr. Cruz’s team of dirty tricks and requested that the Texas senator repudiate the message.
“In the last week, we have seen a systematic effort by Senator Cruz and his allies to spread false information and outright lies in the hopes of winning votes by appealing to our lowest common denominator,” Mr. Gowdy said.
The idiotic story was repeated at the Hill, the Washington Examiner, and a host of others.