Cruz: Planned Parenthood Shooter May Be ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall event at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday dismissed the idea that anti-abortion rhetoric influenced the shooter who opened fire in a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, referencing reports that the suspected shooter is a “transgendered leftist activist.”

During a press conference in Iowa, Cruz slammed “vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life” for the shooting, the Texas Tribune reported.

“The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point there’s very little evidence to indicate that,” Cruz said, according to the Texas Tribune.

A reporter told Cruz that reports indicate that the suspected shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, mentioned “baby parts” to law enforcement after he was arrested.

“It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist,” Cruz hit back, referencing a voter registration form that allegedly lists Dear as a woman. “If that’s what he is, I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”

When asked by the New York Times which reports Cruz was referring to when he said Dear was registered as a woman, spokeswoman Catherine Frazier pointed to a post on The Right Scoop.

A spokesperson told Buzzfeed News that Cruz referenced reports about the suspect’s gender in order “to make the point that we don’t know all the details.”

Cruz was also asked on Sunday if the shooting was an act of domestic terrorism. He called it a murder, according to the Texas Tribune.

“It was a multiple murder of what appears to be a deranged individual. And it was horrific, it was evil, and we’ll find out more out about the facts, but I don’t think we should jump to conclusions,” he said.

Dear was arrested and accused of opening fire in the Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, killing three and injuring nine. He will appear in court for the first time on Monday.

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  1. Did anyone think this walking sack of pus could avoid an offensive statement?

  2. Avatar for byteme byteme says:

    C’mon journalists: call it what it is. It’s a lie. He’s trying to hide behind someone else’s lie and claim it’s “reports say” as though all information is based on facts. As someone running for President, he’s required to understand the difference.

  3. Avatar for tao tao says:

    The words “May Be” introducing a monstrous lie.

  4. Avatar for dswx dswx says:

    " referencing reports " The media is already becoming complicit with the hate-mongering by buying into that line. Indeed, the media is largely to blame for the rise and attempted mainstreaming of racism. Just this past weekend the Sunday talk shows were in full GOP mode. Carson, Trump, McCain (duh, on a Sunday talk show, who would’ve thought?), Noonan and others were all on the same program! The talk show producers who constantly invite the hate-mongers on their programs to give them a soap box need to be called out.

  5. not in his world

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