—Rick Tyler, a spokesperson for Texas senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 Presidential campaign, referring to the call for a boycott of properties owned by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, who hosted a Cruz reception at their penthouse apartment in New York City.
Echoing the Cruz camp’s sentiments, Steve Deace, a conservative radio talk show host in Des Moines, Ia., and a regular columnist for the Washington Times, groused about the number of calls he’d gotten from the LGBT community and its supporters over the incident.
“The swarm of locusts we’ve dubbed ‘the Rainbow Jihad’ on my show is so out of control, it now threatens it’s own benefactors,” he said. “If these cultural Marxists won’t even tolerate leaders in their own community, like Reisner having a peaceful dialogue with the other side, then it’s not a movement but an inquisition.”
Cruz defended his stance — and by default the actions of Weiderpass and Reisner — in a statment issued last Thursday. “A conservative Republican who is willing to meet with individuals who do not agree on marriage and who loves his daughters unconditionally may not reflect the caricature of conservatives promoted by the left, but it’s hardly newsworthy. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve seen it, but this is what it means to truly be a ‘big tent Republican’ instead of a panderer.”
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