It isn’t a particularly nice thing to say, but if you are considering voting for any of the Republican candidates in this election season, you probably have a very serious aversion to things like facts and reality.
In no sane world would men like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson or Donald Trump be considered serious candidates for the highest office of the land — men who do not believe in climate change, do not believe in women’s reproductive rights,do not believe muslims should be allowed into the country, and think America’s problems can be fixed by slashing the taxes of the ultra wealthy.
But today, millions of Americans believe the Republican candidates have their best interests at heart, and are qualified to lead the most powerful nation on earth in what is perhaps the most pivotal era in human history. This is after all, an era where catastrophic climate change could destroy the planet and economic inequality is so extreme, a revolution isn’t a possibility, but a near certainty. To believe in what can only be called a hodgepodge of crass xenophobia, religious fanaticism and fantasy economic lunacy, one has to maintain a steadfast opposition to anything based in actual reality — a trait modern Republicans seem to practice on a routine basis.
Witness this extraordinary exchange during the Republican debate on Saturday night where Sen. Ted Cruz told CBS debate moderator John Dickerson that the U.S. has “80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year.”
Dickerson, hoping to inject some intellectual consistency to what was an already tumultuous debate, interrupted Cruz to remind him that Justice Kennedy was confirmed in 1988. Never one to let facts get in the way, Cruz fired back that it was 1987 — which of course it wasn’t (a Democratic controlled Senate confirmed President Reagan’s nomination of Justice Anthony Kennedy by 97 to 0 votes in February of 1988, while the Presidential election was well underway).
“That’s the question, is it appointing or confirming?” Dickerson fired back.
“In this case it’s both. If I could finish–” said Cruz, attempting to play to the audience with the well known “liberal media bias” insinuation.
“Sorry, I want to get the facts straight for the audience. I apologize,” Dickerson said.
Almost instantaneously upon hearing the word “fact” the audience began booing vociferously, letting the moderator know exactly what they thought of his liberal bias towards reality:
This, ladies and gentlemen, is your modern day Republican voter.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.