Pro-Cruz robocall hits Trump for refusing to support “our” Confederate flag in South Carolina

Voters in South Carolina are receiving a robocall supporting Ted Cruz that criticizes Donald Trump for refusing to support “our” Confederate flag.

From the Post and Courier:

“Put it in a museum, let it go,” the recording says, quoting Trump and his view on removing the flag.

An announcer then picks up by saying “That’s Donald Trump supporting Nikki Haley removing the battle flag from the Confederate memorial in Columbia.”

It adds “people like Donald Trump are always butting their noses into other people’s business,” and that “Trump talks about our flag like it’s a social disease.”

The call was paid for by an independent pro-Cruz group, the Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, which means that the Cruz campaign can officially deny actively campaigning on the Confederate flag. Even if he is benefitting from the efforts of a group that is in no uncertain terms telling South Carolinians to vote against Trump (and for Cruz, whose base of support most closely overlaps with Trump’s) over a symbol of treason and racism.

Not for nothing, a recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 70 percent of Trump’s supporters in South Carolina disagreed with the state’s recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from government property, while only 20 percent disagreed. Trump supporters held much more favorable views of the Confederate flag than Republican voters who didn’t support Trump, as “only” 54 percent of South Carolina Republicans felt that it should be flying over the state capitol overall.

A plurality of Trump’s supporters also indicated that they wished the South had won the Civil War.

All this is to say that, like it or not, Trump’s less-than-emphatic support for the Stars and Bars means that one of Cruz’s biggest growth areas in the state is among the same white nationalist who have thus far flocked to Trump.

I’m sure he’s proud.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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18 Responses to “Pro-Cruz robocall hits Trump for refusing to support “our” Confederate flag in South Carolina”

  1. UncleBucky says:

    Of course. But the Traitor Flag belongs to NO ONE but traitors. That makes “Calgary” Cruz a twice-baked traitor.

  2. Doug105 says:

    The land of opportunity.

  3. Doug105 says:

    Or Bieber.

  4. Doug105 says:

    That and Rafael is a little dark for their tastes.

  5. Randy Riddle says:

    The central question of the 2016 Presidential race will be whether there’s enough racists or people horrified by racism that will turn out to vote. Regardless of the outcome, this campaign will solidify the GOP’s problem with racism and bigotry for some years to come.

  6. pat tolle says:

    @ UncleBucky- I wondered about that, also. I’s certainly not “my” flag. It might, in one of the various iterations proposed by wingnuts, be the Cruzers, but it’s certainly not mine

  7. FLL says:

    Looks like this ploy didn’t work for Cruz. Trump won all 38 South Carolina delegates with 32.5%. Even more embarrassingly, Rubio edged out Cruz for second place, 22.5% to 22.3%. The tragic pattern for fundamentalist Christian champions, such as Huckabee (2008), Santorum (2012) and Cruz (2016), is painfully obvious: they win the fundamentalist Christian beauty contest, aka the Republican Iowa Caucus, and then go on to lose everywhere else. Cruz is toast. Regarding The Donald, the Republican nomination is his to lose.

  8. FLL says:

    Although born in Canada, Cruz is the senator from Texas and identifies as a Texan, and yes, yes, yes, Texas was a Confederate state. That is why Cruz, like other misguided people from former Confederate states, refers to the Confederate flag as “our” flag.

  9. 2karmanot says:

    President Mashugana.

  10. 2karmanot says:

    Cruz translation: ‘Bring back the racist South and drag a black man behind your truck, just like the good old days.’

  11. Demosthenes says:

    Either way, both are malakas.

  12. BeccaM says:

    Americablog’s Canadian readers have assured us many times they adamantly refuse to take Cruz or his family back.

  13. Opinionated Cat Lover says:

    Isn’t this funny. Out-racisming Trump. It is almost like he didn’t see this coming. How fun….

  14. Sally says:

    Right–are they sure he’s not referring to the Canadian flag?

  15. Zorba says:

    Demosthenes, ἀδελφός μου, I think you have it backward. Cruz is George Wallace, and Trump is Nixon.
    Although, either would work for the two of them. Horrible to contemplate. ;-(

  16. BeccaM says:

    Ted Cruz allies himself with a symbol of treason and violent racism, a flag of a splinter nation which does not exist, but which came into being 150 years ago solely for the preservation of human slavery which, by 1860, most decent, civilized people realized was a barbaric practice. A slavery-advocating nation which had many flags and battle-standards, one of which was resurrected specifically to advocate the systematic racist oppression of former slaves and their descendants.

    Ted Cruz stands for all these things.

    Why am I not surprised?

  17. UncleBucky says:


  18. Demosthenes says:

    The top two GOP candidates are really quite something. Sen. “Ted” Cruz is truly running a Nixonesque campaign.

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