Ted Cruz drops out – what does that mean for his anti-LGBTQ message?
Anyone who followed Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, or career, knows he based a lot of his success on his strict adherence to anti-LGBTQ values.
We’ve written pretty extensively about Cruz’s rhetoric.
He said same-sex marriage and the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Committee would shut down Christian TV networks using “the power of government to go after and target those who speak against us.”
He called the pro-LGBTQ movement a “jihad” against biblical beliefs, saying religious values “built this country,” and this election needs to be about coming together around protecting those religious beliefs ahead of individual rights.
And then there was his 15 Action Items which included removing protections for LGBTQ individuals in federal contracts and replacing them with protections for religious groups, and directing federal agencies to stop recognizing gender identity as sex in cases of discrimination, effectively ending all current protections for transgender Americans.
But Cruz failed to pull his weight throughout the 2016 primaries despite an early lead in Iowa. Instead, businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump foiled Cruz at almost every stop along the way.
So what does this mean for a man who not only thought his ideas of morality were mainstream, he thought they could win him a national election.
Well, the short version is they can’t – even the hate-olympics he was running with other candidates early in the campaign seemed to push away voters you would have figured were on board.
Instead, perhaps unsurprisingly, it seemed voters cared more about economic issues than pretty much everything else. Statistically, about 65% of Americans believe that “one of the big problems in this country is that we don’t give everyone an equal chance in life,” according to the 2015 American Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan poling group.
That 2015 survey found same-sex marriage was at the bottom of voter’s concerns list across both parties.
So what could this mean for future election cycles? When a Candidate hedges so many bets on a faith-based platform and loses so dramatically?
While it’s easier to imagine these issues continuing to make headlines at the local level, it seems preaching moral issues on the national stage doesn’t draw the crowds and support that you might imagine.
Gov. McCrory down in North Carolina has had a front row seat to that failure. Red America, Blue America (RABA) Research, another non partisan research group, found McCrory’s democratic challenger Roy Cooper is currently leading in the 2016 Gov. race by about 5 points. Additionally, The new RABA poll shows 50% of registered North Carolina voters disapprove of the anti-transgender bill HB2, while 35% approve of the law and 16% are undecided.
A Reuters poll from last month backs this issue up, at least along age lines, showing younger folks support bathroom equality for transgender Americans by 2-1. Of course for those over the age of 60, those numbers were reverse, but they don’t have many elections to vote in left.
How the national election, and the one in NC will play out is still up in the air, but it seems there doesn’t seem to be much winning with hate these days.
“The people of NC have made clear that they want a change of leadership in the Governor’s Office.”November 21, 2016
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