Just hours before Republican voters were expected to head to the polls in South Carolina, Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, a pro-Cruz group, was robo-calling voters and warning them that Donald Trump was an advocate for gay rights and would force “people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings,” BuzzFeed reported Friday night.
According the BuzzFeed story, the call plays a NECN interview with Donald Trump where the reporter identifies herself as gay and asks Trump whether she can expect that he would expand rights to the gay community if he were elected to serve in the White House.
“Well, you can,” Trump replies according to BuzzFeed. “And look, that’s your thing, and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together.”
The robo call, however, goes on to say that Trump’s support for gay rights really means Trump supports so much more than just “tolerance.”
“It’s about mandatory celebration. It’s about forcing people to bake cakes and photograph gay weddings. Forcing clergy to officiate. It’s about transgender bathrooms in your child’s school. It’s about tearing down our Judeo-Christian values. It’s about tearing down our America,” the voice on the robo call says, according to BuzzFeed.
The call urges voters to support Cruz over Trump “before it is too late.”
Cruz’s official campaign told BuzzFeed that they had nothing to do with the robo call, which has become a trademark tool of close and hard-fought primary election fights in the state.
Trump and Cruz are locked in a bitter battle in South Carolina where Trump’s once double-digit lead has shrunk considerably as Cruz has sought to mobilize his grassroots army and appeal to voters’s deep, evangelical faith. As it stands now, Cruz and Trump are leaning on South Carolina to finally decide who the GOP frontrunner really is.
Here is the full audio of the robo call compliments of BuzzFeed.