Heidi Cruz Compares Ted Cruz's Failed Presidential Campaign to the Fight to End Slavery

Source: AP
Source: AP

Just when you thought former presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would blessedly drop out of the news cycle for a while, he has one last little exasperating announcement left in his campaign operation.

In a conference call Tuesday with their National Prayer Team, Cruz's wife, Goldman Sachs investment manager Heidi Cruz, told the former organizers his failed presidential bid was akin to the fight against slavery in the 19th century United States, the Texas Tribune's Patrick Svitek reported.

OK, just one highlight, really...

In the full quote, as reported by the Tribune, Heidi Cruz said "I don't want you to feel like any of this was in vain. I believe in the power of prayer. This doesn't always happen on the timing of man, and God does not work in four-year segments. Be full of faith and so full of joy that this team was chosen to fight a long battle. Think that slavery — it took 25 years to defeat slavery. That is a lot longer than four years.

"We are full of energy. We're going to have a great vacation. We're going to keep moving forward."

Yeah.

As several Twitter users noted, even taken at face value, Cruz's comparison was a little off, given the fact the abolition movement existed for far longer than 25 years and eventually only triumphed after a civil war that killed up to 750,000 people.

As a presidential candidate, Cruz himself did not seem particularly concerned with the historical legacy of slavery.

Cruz repeatedly said outsiders should not inject their opinions into state-level debates over displays of Confederate symbols at public buildings. He later defended supporters of flying the rebel flag as remembering "not the racial oppression, but the historical traditions" of the South (that said traditions were pervasively defined by slavery and often had explicitly racist origins somehow escaped Cruz's notice).

h/t Texas Tribune

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